Elizabeth M. Squadron Appointed Vice President for Program and Business Development at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Elizabeth M. Squadron has been appointed Vice President for Program and Business Development, a newly created position at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), announced Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President.

“Elizabeth Squadron brings extensive expertise in program management, strategic planning, and the application of technology to enhance performance and partnerships. Her broad experience in operations, innovation, and business development will help us maximize our resources and realize our untapped potential as she focuses on opportunities for further growth and success,” stated Rabbi Panken.

Squadron’s leadership role is part of a significant gift from Martin and Michele Cohen to plan, implement, and evaluate initiatives that will generate income, enhance visibility, expand utilization of the four campuses, and reimagine facilities to best support the College-Institute’s core mission.  

Squadron comes to HUC-JIR after serving as Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations. Appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, she was charged with enhancing agency performance for 44 City agencies through active performance and project management.

Squadron spearheaded citywide policies and programs, including the planning of a vehicle fleet efficiency program that will result in $300 million in savings over four years, and launched the City’s Datashare program, linking 14 city agencies through 146 data exchanges.  She planned and helped implement technology programs to enhance City services, including the roll-out of the new “e-hire” system to on-board thousands of new hires. Squadron oversaw the 311 Customer Service Center, which responds to approximately 20 million contacts per year, and enhanced efficiency while expanding customer contact options to web, text, and smart phone apps. 

Prior to heading the Office of Operations, she served as Director of Agency Services, where she functioned as Deputy Director of the Office of Operations and delivered an efficiency report to Mayor Bloomberg, which researched and analyzed potential for $500 million in cost savings in five key operational areas. In her previous position, as Director of Customer Service, she developed the first “secret shopper” program of 300 service centers and implemented a Language Access strategy for New York City to ensure equal access to services to New Yorkers with limited English proficiency.

Prior to the Mayor’s Office, Squadron served as Chief of Staff to the New York City Department of Transportation, managing the Customer Service Division and generating key initiatives and strategic plans.

Squadron received the Master of Science in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.


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 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. www.huc.edu