David B. Edelson was elected Chair-Elect of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) at its Board meeting on June 6, 2021. A member of the Board since June 2016 and Vice Chair since June 2020, he will succeed Sue Neuman Hochberg as Chair on July 1, 2022.
“David Edelson brings a strong commitment to ensuring a vibrant Jewish future, experience in nonprofit governance, and professional expertise across a wide range of disciplines. His wisdom, clarity of vision, and strategic mindset have been and will continue to be a source of guidance and support as we advance our mission to prepare Jewish leaders for the 21st century,” said Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President.
Edelson stated, “I believe HUC-JIR is pivotal to a flourishing Jewish future. Our students go on to build and transform institutions that engage, educate, and inspire individuals and communities throughout North America and Israel and around the world. It is a privilege to work with our faculty, administration, students, alumni, and Board of Governors to advance HUC-JIR’s mission, enhance our educational excellence, solidify our financial foundation, and ensure visionary Jewish leadership for future generations.”
Edelson is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Loews Corporation. He joined Loews as Senior Vice President in May 2005 and became Chief Financial Officer in May 2014. Prior to joining Loews, he was Executive Vice President and Corporate Treasurer of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Earlier in his career, he was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs & Co. and JPMorgan Chase. He is a director of AutoNation, Inc.
He earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Edelson joined the Board of Central Synagogue in New York City in 2004 and served as Board President from 2012 to 2015. He is currently President of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services in New York City and a Board member of UJA-Federation of New York and American Jewish Committee New York. At Dartmouth, he serves on the Board of Visitors of The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.