HUC-JIR’s School of Jewish Nonprofit Management is proud to welcome John Ruskay, President and CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York as the Rabbi Louis Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence. This influential figure in the American Jewish community will visited Los Angeles in August for two notable events. On August 1, Ruskay joined Jay Sanderson, President of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, for a conversation about “The Role of the Professional in Today’s Federation.” Richard Siegel, SJNM Director, moderated this discussion about how professionals can guide their communities through the unprecedented challenges they face as a result of demographics, giving patterns, and communal priorities. On August 2, 2011, Ruskay spoke at SJNM Culmination Exercises for this year’s class of 14 students receiving certificates. He spoke on the topic, “Embracing and Resisting Change: What’s Abiding?” As head of the largest Federation in the United States, Ruskay is a prominent consultant to communal leaders and policy makers.