Erica S. Frederick Appointed Executive Vice President for Development

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Erica S. Frederick has been appointed Executive Vice President for Development at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) by Rabbi David Ellenson, President. 

"Erica Frederick's extraordinary leadership of the College-Institute's Capital Campaign and her inspiring vision and direction for institutional advancement have invigorated our development initiatives and engaged the enthusiastic support of donors throughout North America, Israel, and around the world. Her efforts have enhanced our endowment, strengthened our annual giving, inspired the philanthropy of our alumni and friends, and ensured the vitality of our institution as the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center for the Reform Judaism and the larger Jewish world," said Rabbi Ellenson. 

For eight years, Frederick has served as Vice President for Development at HUC-JIR. In that capacity, she launched the College-Institute's first-ever Capital Campaign, raising close to $63 million in endowment funds, $55 million in annual funds, and $22 million for capital projects and special programs. Under her initiative, HUC-JIR has raised the funds to create 5 academic chairs and hire a score of emerging Judaic scholars; initiate research institutes in the areas of Jewish education, Judaism and health, archaeology, and pastoral counseling; establish leadership fellowship programs for students; and add scores of additional scholarship funds for students preparing for rabbinical, cantorial, education, communal service, and graduate degree studies. She has spearheaded campaigns to upgrade the implementation of technology for teaching, research resources, student information systems, and financial accounting; advanced the renovation and expansion of the Klau Library (ranked as the largest Jewish library in the western world); and supported the College-Institute's educational and cultural outreach into the community. 

According to Frederick, her next goal is to focus on Israel. "I am passionate about the College's Israel Rabbinical Program because I see extraordinary women and men whose decision to train at the College-Institute has been inspired by a vision of Israel in which they can practice and transmit a Judaism that is both compelling and contemporary. Today, secular Israelis are looking to find meaning in their lives, and these are the individuals whom I hope will one day become supporters of HUC-JIR." 

Prior to coming HUC-JIR, Frederick served in leadership positions for nearly three decades in major New York-area academic and medical institutions and prominent urban affairs and political organizations. She has spearheaded efforts in all areas of development, including capital and annual campaigns, major gift solicitations, foundation, corporate and government grants, non-profit management and program development, media and press relations, government and community relations, conference and special event planning, and corporate communications and publications. 

As Vice President for College Advancement at Baruch College (1996-1999), she launched the first-ever capital campaign, raising $75 million, created the professional identity program for all university recruitment, marketing and public information publications, developed an award-winning advertisement campaign, and organized special events including awards and donor cultivation dinners, business forums and alumni reunions. 

At Adelphi University (1993-96), Ms. Frederick was responsible for the start-up operation for the development and alumni relations office for a university encompassing seven schools, strategic planning for the University Centennial and Second Century Capital Campaign ($100 million), board development and training, and development and alumni publications. 

Ms. Frederick served as Executive Director of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's Greater New York Chapter (1988-1993), where she managed the largest chapter of a growing national health organization and was a key leader of the national team raising over $10 million for research and education through special events, membership drives and grass roots activities. She created and implemented patient education and support programs and professional symposia for health care providers. 

She managed a clinic staff of 40 mental health professionals and supervised all financial planning and accountability as Executive Director of the Karen Horney Clinic (1984-1988), where she organized program development including an Early Childhood Center, Parent Services Consultation Program and Vietnam Veterans Program. 

As Vice President for Public Affairs and Development at the New York Urban Coalition (1977-1984), Ms. Frederick held the overall responsibility for a $5 million annual campaign through corporate, foundation, and government solicitation and special events. She directed all media relations, speech-writing and development publications, created campaigns to combat housing discrimination and on behalf of home improvement, launched and coordinated a statewide substance abuse lobby, and pioneered a substance abuse resource center which offered statewide conferences, training seminars and other services. 

Ms. Frederick served as Press Secretary and Executive Assistant to City Councilman Robert Steingut (1973-75). Her portfolio included the development of campaign literature, scheduling, research and initiation of legislation, liaison with other legislators and City agency representatives, and constituent relations. 

Ms. Frederick received the Bachelor of Arts in English through her studies at Skidmore College (1964-67) and Dartmouth College (1967-68) and the Master of Public Administration from New York University (1979). She and her husband Marty have three children, Ben and his wife Stephanie, Shara and her husband Andy, and Jessica, and 4 grandchildren, Oscar, Sam, Zelde, and Jordan. 

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.