Erika Rudin-Luria, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland in Beachwood, will become the next president of the Federation, the organization announced to its board Aug. 14.
Rudin-Luria, 44, succeeds Stephen H. Hoffman, 67, who will retire from the position at the end of the year and has been president for nearly 35 years. She will take over the role immediately upon his retirement on Jan. 1, 2019.
“There is no greater honor or privilege than serving as the president of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland,” Rudin-Luria said in a news release. “Cleveland is one of the strongest and most passionate Jewish communities in the world. Thanks to the city’s deep roots and strong civic pride, we are a community with tremendous opportunities for continued growth. I am excited to work even more closely with volunteer leadership, Federation staff and our community partners to continue to create innovative solutions that impact people’s lives in Cleveland and throughout the world.”
She will be the fifth person to hold the title in the 115-year history of the organization.
Rudin-Luria oversees the Federation’s strategic planning, community development, allocations, governance and marketing functions. She has held positions of increasing responsibility across the organization, according to the news release. She joined the Federation in 2001 as a supporting foundations manager, endowment and foundations.
She began her career as a project coordinator with UJA-Federation of New York City, the largest local philanthropy in the world.
Rudin-Luria received her Bachelor of Arts degree in politics from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. She earned her Master of Science degree in social work from Columbia University’s School of Social Work and her Master of Arts in Judaic Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, both in New York City. She and her husband, Rabbi Hal Rudin-Luria of B’nai Jeshurun Congregation in Pepper Pike, live in Pepper Pike with their two sons, Jacob and Ari.
“After conducting a thorough, national search, Erika was the clear and enthusiastic choice to lead the Federation into the next chapter of its storied history,” board chair Gary L. Gross said. “She is a seasoned leader who possesses a keen insight into the challenges our community faces and the strategic thinking necessary to address them. The board and I have no doubt that the organization will be in exceptionally skilled hands as we move with our integrated and inclusive growth plan.”
Hoffman also commended Rudin-Luria as his successor.
“It has been my distinct honor to have served the Jewish community in this role for close to 35 years,” Hoffman said. “I’m proud to have played a part in strengthening the meaningful impact the Jewish Federation of Cleveland has had both here and abroad over the years. It is extremely gratifying to see our volunteer leadership recognize the strength of the professional staff we have nurtured in Cleveland.
“Erika is absolutely the ideal person to build upon the foundation my predecessors and I helped lay in Jewish Cleveland. I look forward to working closely with Gary and her over the coming months to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.”