Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) has announced the appointment of Lissie Diringer as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. A veteran development professional with expertise in strategic and campaign planning, major gifts fundraising, development team creation and management, and volunteer training, Diringer has had a lifelong professional, intellectual and personal engagement with the American Jewish community. She will begin as of July 1, 2016.
“Lissie Diringer brings to HUC-JIR great depth and breadth in the full scope of institutional advancement in the nonprofit sector,” noted Rabbi Panken. “We look forward to her guidance and partnership as we strive to strengthen our resources in support of our sacred mission of preparing leaders for the global Jewish people.”
Diringer stated, “I am excited to work with colleagues across cultures, languages, and time zones in support of HUC-JIR’s crucial role in ensuring the future of a vibrant and diverse Reform Movement, which in turn will ensure the strength of the broader Jewish community in the U.S. and abroad.”
During her 20-year career in development, Diringer has fostered the growth of a broad range of mission-driven non-profit institutions. As the principal of Lissie Diringer Development Consulting, most recently Diringer has applied her advancement planning, board development, major gifts fundraising, and prospect management skills to assist clients such as the American Academy in Rome, International Center of Photography, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Breakthrough New York, National Academy Foundation, and Global Kids among others.
Previously, Diringer served as Director of Development for the New York University Child Study Center, where she led a $140 million capital campaign and grew the annual fund to $9 million. She created the first major gifts program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she rose to Deputy Chief Development Officer for Major Gifts, managing the $650 million capital campaign. Prior to the Metropolitan Museum, she was Vice President and Account Supervisor at LCF&L Advertising. Her clients included Bristol-Myers Squibb, Clairol, General Mills, and Ross Laboratories for whom she launched cross-category product lines and new products promoted by award-winning television advertising. Her early career encompassed development, educational programming, and editorial work for Citymeals-on-Wheels, UJA-Federation of New York’s Capital Campaign, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Lilith Magazine.
Diringer has a strong personal connection to the American Jewish community. She attended Jewish Day School through 8th grade, and spent summers at Camps Massad and Ramah. She received an A.B. in American Civilization, with a focus on 20th-century gender, ethnicity, and religion, from Brown University, and was a visiting student at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. During her college summers she interned with the Jewish Arts Festival of Long Island and the American Jewish Committee. A once fluent Hebrew speaker and summer student at Hebrew University’s Givat Ram campus, Diringer looks forward to reviving her language skills.
Diringer is a Trustee and Development Committee Chair at Temple Shaaray Tefila of New York City. She also serves as a member of the Dalton Council, an advisory group of parents supporting the Dalton School’s Board of Trustees, and has chaired Task Forces on geographic diversity, peer mentoring, and academic administration. Diringer is a Women’s Launch Pad Mentor on the Brown University Women’s Leadership Council.
Diringer taught graduate courses in the Masters of Science in Fundraising Management Program at of the School of Continuing Education at Columbia University, was a freelance book reviewer for Publishers Weekly, and has been a Conference Presenter at AFP/s Fundraising Day in New York and the Art Museum Development Association Annual Conference.