Andrea Milens, a national leader of the American Jewish community, was inducted into the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) by Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, on May 6, 2013 at its meeting in New York.
Rabbi Ellenson stated, “Andrea Milens is a distinguished alumna of our School of Jewish Nonprofit Management, dedicated Chair of its Alumni Association, and devoted Vice Chair of our Alumni Council. She is a powerful advocate for the State of Israel, social justice, human rights. We look forward to her wisdom and guidance for our sacred mission in preparing leadership for the Jewish people.”
Andrea Milens is Vice President for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA). Among her responsibilities are: financial resource development, the annual conference, strategic planning and a variety of administrative oversight duties. Milens also provides organizational consulting services to 125 member Community Relations Councils (CRCs) in their daily work of addressing important community relations and public policy issues. She has been a featured speaker to Jewish organizations around the country and published several articles.
After joining the JCPA in April 2002, Milens oversaw the initial implementation of the UJC/JCPA Israel Advocacy Initiative, which began as a two-year, $1.7 million nationally-coordinated strategy for Israel advocacy funded by a grant from the UJC Israel Emergency Campaign. She has directed JCPA’s Task Force on Equal Opportunity and Social Justice, which addresses a broad range of issues such as poverty, health care, public education and immigration. She has served as JCPA’s lead professional for developing a new vision for engagement of Jewish activists around the country. Milens also served as the primary coordinator of communication between the national Jewish agency system and local communities following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, working with Jewish communities around the country to mobilize their response.
Prior to joining the JCPA, Milens spent nearly seven years with the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland. As an associate responsible for refugee resettlement, Milens was the local expert on welfare reform and refugees and was relied upon by the Ohio state government to assist with policy formulation and implementation. As Director of Government Relations she worked with the Federation’s agencies to secure and maintain over $58 million in government funding.
In her capacity as Cleveland’s Director of Community Relations, Milens oversaw the Jewish community’s Israel advocacy efforts, including publication of a weekly Middle East Briefing that was distributed around the country and reached countries throughout the world. She also managed the Cleveland Federation’s literacy and volunteer projects, as well as Cleveland’s efforts in the area of intra-Jewish dialogue.
Originally from Overland Park, Kansas, Milens has a master's degree in Jewish Communal Service (1995) from the School of Jewish Communal Service (now the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management) at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She currently serves as chair of the SJNM Alumni Association and as vice chair of the HUC-JIR Alumni Council.
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