Cary Davidson Inducted into Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Monday, June 15, 2015

[From left] Andrew R. Berger, Chair, HUC-JIR Board of Governors; Rabbi Denise L. Eger; Cary Davidson; Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, HUC-JIR President; Michael J. Halpern; and Laurence Tarica.

Cary Davidson was inducted into the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) at its meeting in New York on June 8, 2015.

Cary Davidson has specialized in political, election and nonprofit organization law since 1980. A former congressional aide, public affairs officer and political consultant, he has extensive experience in political campaigns and has served as treasurer and/or legal counsel for hundreds of campaign committees. He represents corporations, trade associations, labor unions, lobbyists, candidates and ballot measure committees.  He is managing partner of his law firm, Reed & Davidson, LLP.

“Cary Davidson’s dedication to the Reform Movement, human rights, and civic responsibility is a source of guidance as we look toward the Jewish future in North American and around the world,” stated Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President.

Davidson is a member of the North American Board of the Union for Reform Judaism and its Oversight Committee.  He chairs the Trustees Committee and serves as the lay partner to the Director of Board Relations. He is Chair-elect of the Board of Overseers for the Jack H. Skirball Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He also serves as Secretary of Congregation Kol Ami and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association and as chair of its past presidents council.

Davidson is a past President of the California Political Attorneys Association, past President of Equality California, and immediate past president of Equality California Institute, past President of Congregation Kol Ami, past President of the Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association, a former member of the Board of Trustees of Claremont McKenna College, and a former member of the Board of Governors of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government. In addition, he served on the California Complete Count Committee - Census 2010, as Chair of the editorial board of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, the Los Angeles County Bar Association monthly magazine, and as Chair of Second Friday Group, an organization comprised of Southern California federal political action committee managers.  Cary was General Counsel to the No on Prop 8 committee in California, and he was General Counsel and Treasurer of the Host Committee for the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

Davidson received a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College (summa cum laude, 1975), majoring in Political Science, Public Policy and Jewish Studies, and a J.D. from University of Chicago Law School (1978).  Cary is married to Andrew Ghlee Ogilvie, and they live in Los Angeles.

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.