From left: Irwin Engelman, Chairman, Board of Governors, HUC-JIR; Richard Michael Powell, 2011 Inductee, Board of Governors, HUC-JIR; Joan B. Seidel, 2011 Inductee, Board of Governors, HUC-JIR; Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President, HUC-JIR
Joan B. Seidel, President of Morton Seidel & Co, Inc., was inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) on February 7, 2011 in Los Angeles.
“A distinguished member of the Board of Overseers of our Los Angeles campus since 2004, Joan Seidel will now bring to our international Board of Governors the benefits of her extensive expertise in finance, government, and communal leadership,” stated Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President. “We look forward to her guidance and wisdom in advancing our mission in preparing professional leaders for the Reform Movement and the Jewish People.
Seidel has been associated with Morton Seidel & Co, Inc. since 1974 in the capacities of variable annuities agent, municipal bond principal, financial and operations principal, and registered principal. She served as a charter member of the national committee of the small firm advisory board of NASD (now FINRA) and was Chairman of the NASD District #2 Committee. As Treasurer of the City of Beverly Hills (1990-2001), she bore investment responsibility for over $220 million.
Educated at Hunter College and UCLA, where she earned the BA in history, she also received the California Life Secondary Teaching Credential.
A prominent civic leader, Seidel was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology Science & Engineering University) in Haifa, Israel, and has served on its International Board of Governors as Co-Chair of the Finance Committee, and has led the American Technion Society as National President, National Chair, Chair of National Planned Giving, and Chair of the National Investment Committee. She was recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and received the Honorary Service Award from the Los Angeles Free Clinic. Her other community leadership roles have included the Beverly Hills Unified School District, where she serves on its Finance Advisory Committee Chair, and as a member of its Community Arts Committee and Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, as well as the City of Beverly Hills, where she currently serves on the Finance Advisory Committee. A member of the Board of Governors and Investment Committee of Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, she also serves as Treasurer of the Discovery Fund for Eye Research. At the Los Angeles Opera Company, Seidel serves on its Board of Directors and Investment, Finance, and Education Committees.