Staff Spotlight: Angele Osborne

Angele Osborne (she/her)
Director of Advancement Services

Please tell us about your journey to HUC.

After graduating from Hofstra University with a degree in International Business and Business Information Systems, I decided that I wanted to work in the nonprofit world. I started at HUC in the Dean’s Office and when a position opened up in Development, I accepted eagerly! Even though it was a brand new world to me, it felt like a great opportunity to be doing work in service of others.

You’ve worked at HUC for almost 20 years! What is most rewarding about your role? Most challenging?

The most rewarding part of my role has been watching students go out into the world and fulfill our mission. It’s been really satisfying over the arc of my career to know that a scholarship proposal that I helped craft, events I helped plan, and data I helped steward helped our students achieve their dreams. There are many exciting improvements to our gift entry process that we are currently working on! It’s been challenging keeping our pace as we move new initiatives forward.

HUC’s Day of Giving is only a few days away – Thursday, February 17th. As a member of the Institutional Advancement team, how are you involved in the annual celebration? What is most exciting about our Day of Giving?

Day of Giving is a fantastic opportunity for the entire community to come together to celebrate HUC. It is always so much fun seeing all the activity of our donors and students as they spread the word on their social media as well as counting down as we edge closer to our goal! It reminds me of just how big our community is and all the wonderful and generous souls who are a part of it.

This month is Black History Month. What does this month mean to you?

Black History Month is important because Black History is American History – I want to encourage everyone to take the time to explore stories from every perspective. Learning about and from the experiences of others builds compassion and understanding. It is an important part of the process of self-development. Compassion and understanding are essential for strengthening the bonds of any community to which you belong.
HUC in one word: Connection. I think we are defined by our mission to train leaders who can build deep meaningful connections to Jewish identity and tradition. At the highest level, as a member of Institutional Advancement, it is our job to build connections between our donors and this sacred mission.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I am a lover of all things art! I enjoy drawing and painting in my free time. Even designing a website or two!