Isabel Dunst Inducted into HUC-JIR Board of Governors

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

From left: Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., President; Isabel Dunst; and Andrew R. Berger, Chair, Board of Governors

Isabel Dunst, a prominent attorney and distinguished leader of the Reform Movement, was inducted into the HUC-JIR Board of Governors meeting at its Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles on February 9, 2015.

“Isabel Dunst brings to HUC-JIR a great depth of knowledge and understanding acquired through her years of devoted service on the Board of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), where she has held many key leadership positions, and as the Former President of a Temple Sinai, a renowned Reform synagogue in Washington, DC,” stated Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President.  “Her commitment to Reform Judaism, coupled with her legal expertise, will be a tremendous source of guidance as we advance HUC-JIR’s sacred mission of preparing leaders for the Jewish people.”

Dunst is the former Vice-Chair of the URJ, where she is a member of the Oversight Committee and the Strategic Planning Work Group; Vice Chair of the Commission on Social Action; Chair of the URJ Staff Pension Committee; former Vice Chair of the URJ Budget Committee; and former Chair of the Dues Policy Review Committee.  She also serves as Vice Chair of the Reform Israel Commission and is the Former President of Temple Sinai of Washington, DC.  Her commitment to HUC-JIR has been demonstrated through her long term financial support for the Washington Associates Scholarship for students at the New York campus of HUC-JIR.

Isabel Dunst’s practice at the global law firm Hogan Lovells focuses on a broad array of health care issues, with an emphasis on coverage, reimbursement, and payment issues often involving new technologies. She also counsels extensively on issues relating to state and federal regulation of health care providers, including both regulatory counseling and representation in investigations resulting from the highly regulated nature of the health care industry, such as federal and state fraud and abuse rules. Isabel's clients represent a diverse cross-section of the health care industry, including pharmaceutical and medical device companies, direct health care providers, health care reimbursers, and health care trade associations.

Before joining Hogan Lovells in 1990, Isabel completed her career at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) where she had held a number of positions in the general counsel’s office, as the deputy general counsel of the department, the senior career legal position. As deputy general counsel, Isabel provided and coordinated legal advice to all components of HHS, including the Office of the Secretary, the Health Care Financing Administration, the Public Health Service, the Food and Drug Administration, the Office of the Inspector General, and the Social Security Administration, both in Washington, D.C. and in the 10 regional offices of the department.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading 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.