Keynote Speaker

Amos N. Guiora, PhD

Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law
University of Utah

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Amos N. Guiora, PhD, is Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, the University of Utah. He is a Distinguished Fellow at The Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a Distinguished Fellow and Counselor at the International Center for Conflict Resolution, Katz School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.Professor Guiora is on the Board of the Lauren McClusky Foundation. Professor Guiora is the recipient of the University of Utah’s Distinguished Faculty Service award.

For the past 10 years Guiora has been researching-writing-lecturing on the question of bystanders (originally in the Holocaust) resulting in his books, The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust andArmies of Enablers: Survivor Stories of Complicity and Betrayal in Sexual Assaults,

Professor Guiora’s most recent article, Holding Enablers of Child Sexual Abuse Accountable: The Case of Jeremy Bell, addresses the role of enablers in sexual assault of children.

Professor Guiora Directs the SJ Quinney College of Law Bystander Initiative,

Professor Guiora has an A.B. in history from Kenyon College, a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and a Ph.D. from Leiden University.

Panel of National Leaders on Research, Practice and Policy

Amy Adamczyk, PhD

Professor of Sociology
John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

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Amy Adamczyk, PhD, is Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Programs of Doctoral Study in Sociology and Criminal Justice at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Trained as a sociologist of religion, her research focuses on how different contexts (e.g. nations, counties, friendship groups), and personal religious beliefs shape people’s deviant, moral, and health-related attitudes and behaviors. Her coauthored book, Handing Down the Faith: How Parents Pass their Religion on to the Next Generation, was a finalist for Christianity Today’s 2022 Book of the Year Award, Marriage & Family Category. She is also the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Book Award from the International Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for Public Opinion about Homosexuality: Examining Attitudes Across the Globe. In addition to her two books, she has published 55 peer-reviewed journal articles. Her research has been supported with grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the Templeton Religion Trust of Nassau, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion’s Jack Shand Research Award. She recently completed a draft of her third book, Fetal Positions Around the Globe: Understanding Cross-national Public Opinion about Abortion, which is under contract with Oxford University Press. To learn more, check out

E. Alison Holman, PhD, FNP

Professor, Psychological Science
School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine

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E. Alison Holman, PhD, FNP has studied trauma for over 30 years and is an international expert in health consequences of exposure to collective traumas. Her research incorporates multiple methodologies including national surveys, clinical studies, and laboratory studies to identify early predictors (genetic susceptibility, acute stress, media exposure) of long-term trauma-related mental and physical health ailments. She has studied predictors of mental and physical health responses to California wildfires, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Boston Marathon Bombings, the Orlando Night Club Shooting, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Michael, intergenerational trauma among Black Americans, and stress among stroke survivors. Her team started a prospective longitudinal study addressing responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent cascading collective traumas among a national sample of Americans in March 2020.

Ariela Keysar, PhD

Senior Fellow, Program on Public Values
Trinity College, Hartford

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Ariela KeysarPhD, a demographer, is a recipient of the 2021 Marshall Sklare Award, given by the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ), which cited her studies of the rise of the Nones, secular Judaism, and antisemitism. Keysar is a Visiting Scholar at the Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. A former Research Professor, she was the Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture at Trinity College, 2005-19.

She is Co-Principal Investigator, The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class of 1995/5755: Longitudinal Study of Young American and Canadian Jews, 1995-2019; and the U.S. Principal Investigator, Young Adults and Religion in a Global Perspective (YARG), 2015-2018.

Keysar is co-author of Religion in a Free Market and The Next Generation: Jewish Children and Adolescents. She co-edited volumes on secularism in relation to women, science, and secularity, and most recently, The Diversity of Worldviews among Young Adults: Contemporary (Non)Religiosity and Spirituality through the Lens of an International Mixed Method Study.

Born and raised in Israel, Keysar holds a Ph.D. in demography from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Jeffrey Kopstein, PhD

Professor of Political Science and Director
Center for Jewish Studies, University of California, Irvine                                                                                                                                    

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Jeffrey Kopstein, PhD, is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California, Irvine.  In his research, Professor Kopstein focuses on interethnic violence, voting patterns of minority groups, antisemitism, and anti-liberal tendencies in civil society, paying special attention to cases within European and Russian Jewish history. These interests are central topics in his latest books, Intimate Violence: Anti-Jewish Pogroms on the Eve of the Holocaust (Cornell University Press, 2018) and Politics, Memory, Violence: The New Social Science of the Holocaust (Cornell University Press, 2023).

Hannah Yu

Chief, Hate Crimes Unit
New York County District Attorney’s Office

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Hannah Yu is an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s Office where she serves as the Chief of the Hate Crimes Unit. Hannah is responsible for supervising the prosecution of the Office’s hate crime cases and overseeing investigations into bias-motivated incidents. Under the leadership of District Attorney Alvin Bragg, whose vision to increase resources to combat hate crimes resulted in increased funding from City Council, the Manhattan DA’s Office’s Hate Crimes Unit expanded significantly over the past year and a half. Hannah currently leads 20 dedicated prosecutors, analysts, investigators and other staff who work to make Manhattan a safer place for individuals of all backgrounds.

Hannah works closely with the leadership and detectives at NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force and has conducted hate crimes trainings for police officers and sergeants at NYPD, elected officials and community leaders and members of the public, and regularly conducts internal trainings for staff and prosecutors.

Prior to joining the Hate Crimes Unit, Hannah prosecuted violent street crimes, including shootings, robberies, and homicides, as well as intimate partner violence and sexual assault cases.

Before becoming a prosecutor, Hannah worked as a litigation associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and clerked for the Honorable Brian M. Cogan at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She received her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and her B.A. from Barnard College.

Hannah is a board member of the Korean Prosecutors Association (KPA), and a member of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) and the Korean American Lawyers Association for Greater New York (KALAGNY).

Panel of Orange County Leaders on the Local Experience

Lisa Armony

Executive Director, Campus Climate Initiative, Hillel International
Member, Rose Council

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Lisa Armony is the executive director of Hillel International’s Campus Climate Initiative. In this capacity, she partners with administrators on college campuses throughout the country to improve the campus climate for Jewish students and all students. Lisa served throughout her career in strategic planning, educational and communications positions for Jewish organizations in Canada and the U.S. Before rejoining Hillel in 2022, Lisa was Director f the Rose Project and Chief Impact Officer at Jewish Federation of Orange County (California) where she built a community relations platform and created educational and leadership development programs for teens and adults. While at Federation, she simultaneously served as interim executive director of Orange County Hillel from 2015-17 where she developed an experiential, multivocal study tour of Israel and the Palestinian Authority for college students from diverse religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds that has been scaled to dozens of campuses throughout the U.S. and abroad. Lisa is a member of the UC Irvine Jewish Studies Leadership Council, a past president of the Orange County Interfaith Network, and served on the United Against Homelessness Faith Leaders’ Council. A Magna cum Laude graduate of Cornell University, she holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Yale University, a Certificate in Israel Experiential Education from the iCenter and George Washington University, and a dual Master's degree in Jewish and Israel Education from The Hebrew University’s Melton School of Jewish Education. She is an alumni of the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership’s Executive Leadership Program.

Supervisor Katrina Foley

District 5 Representative
Orange County Board of Supervisors

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Supervisor Katrina Foley was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2022 to represent the newly established District 5, which includes the cities of Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, a large portion of Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, as well as the unincorporated areas of Coto de Caza, Emerald Bay, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Rancho Mission Viejo, Stonecliffe and Wagon Wheel. This is her second term on the Board of Supervisors, where she previously served District 2. As County Supervisor, Supervisor Foley remains committed to reducing homelessness among our most vulnerable populations, investing in sustainable infrastructure and climate resiliency, protecting our beaches, parks, and open spaces, revitalizing the middle class through job creation and support for small businesses, improving access to County services, and ensuring safe neighborhoods for all of Orange County. A proud graduate of Head Start and a Pell Grant recipient, Supervisor Foley understands what it is like to grow up in a family facing financial challenges. Supervisor Foley resides in Costa Mesa with her husband, two sons, mother, and 97-year-old grandmother.

Michael Kent

Chief of Police

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Chief Michael Kent began as an Explorer for the Irvine Police Department in 1993, while attending Woodbridge High School. As a longtime resident of Irvine, Chief Kent is fully invested in our City. He has poured his heart and soul into serving our community and our police department since he was hired in 2002.

His past assignments include Field Training Officer, SWAT Team member, Detective, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. In the position of Commander and Assistant Chief, he provided leadership in Patrol, Traffic, Investigations, Internal Affairs, Recruitment and Training, Records, Dispatch, Property, Crime Scene Investigations, Public Safety Fleet Services and Animal Services.

Chief Kent has earned numerous service awards including the Medal of Courage, Employee of the Quarter, Life Saving Award, Meritorious Service Award, three Unit Commendations, and the Colonel Laurence J. Stein Award for outstanding investigative work. In addition, in 2016, he received the 40 Under 40 Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for his overall contributions to the law enforcement profession. Chief Kent was selected as Senator Min’s 2022 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Honoree.

Chief Kent is a graduate of the LAPD’s West Point Leadership Program, the California Peace Officer Association’s Leadership Development Program, the California POST Executive Development Course, the Senior Management Institute of Policing Course in Boston, and the California Police Chief’s Executive Development Course.

Chief Kent holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University Fullerton in Communications and a Master’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, in Criminology, Law, and Society and is fluent in Arabic and Farsi.

Peter Levi, Anti-Defamation League

Regional Director, Orange County/Long Beach
Anti-Defamation League 

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Rabbi Peter Levi is a veteran Jewish community professional with experiences in community relations and interfaith affairs. Rabbi Peter Levi is a veteran Jewish community professional with experiences in community relations and interfaith affairs. After 18 years in congregational life, he now directs the Anti-Defamation League’s Orange County/Long Beach Regional Office, just completed a 5-year term as president of the Orange County Board of Rabbis, is a member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Interfaith Advisory Council, the OC Hate Crime Prevention Network among many other community coalitions. He was recently featured in the Los Angeles Times/Daily Pilot, 3 Orange County Residents Who Fight Against the Spread of Hate (May 13,2021).

Peter is a Los Angeles native who grew up in a secular Jewish and social activist family. His Jewish journey began in his 20s. After immersing himself in hearing Jewish stories, learning values of the Jewish tradition, participating in efforts to heal our world, and eating, singing and dancing with his local Jewish community, the decision to become a rabbi and spiritual teacher was easy. As a community leader, Peter shows a passion for securing justice and fair treatment for all. He has been deeply involved in interfaith relations, fought discrimination against marginalized groups and lobbied for inclusion for all person regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, & country of origin, and is a supporter of Israel and the Jewish people.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." Now the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights antisemitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all. ADL does so by responding to hate incidents, building relationships with elected officials, the interfaith community, law enforcement, other cultural and civil rights organizations, and educating the community [anti-bias, bullying prevention, and responding to hate and bigotry programs for K-12 schools and college campuses].

Peter earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale College, then taught high school before pursuing a PhD in Analytic Philosophy from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He was ordained as a rabbi by the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. Peter is married to artist Ruth Levi and is the proud father of four.

Rabbi Richard Steinberg

District 3 Commissioner, OC Human Relations Commission
Senior Rabbi, Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot

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Rabbi Richard Steinberg is the dynamic and transformative leader of Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot (SHM) in Irvine, CA since 2001. Rabbi Steinberg grew SHM from fewer than 300 member families to a thriving congregation of over 680 families with Orange County’s largest religious school. He works diligently at providing a warm, caring, and educational environment for people to grow in all ways. Through creating an interactive partnership with the laity, Rabbi Steinberg is literally fashioning a place that people call home.

Born and raised in Northern California, Rabbi Steinberg graduated from the California State University system with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and minor in sociology. After working for a police department for a year, he decided to focus on a different kind of law – the law of the soul. As a graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he became the assistant rabbi at the historic Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati, OH, where Reform Judaism was founded. He holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, a Master of Arts in marital family therapy and is a licensed psychotherapist. Among the many roles he has held in the community, Rabbi Steinberg is a member of Children’s Hospital of Orange County Mental Health Advisory Board; a Commissioner and former Chair of the Orange County Human Relations Commission; the Chaplain of the Irvine Police Department; an executive board member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Interfaith Religious Council and and Past-President of the Jewish Association of Special Needs and the Orange County Board of Rabbis. He is married to Abby Rozenberg and together they have five adult children.

Todd Spitzer

Orange County District Attorney                                                                                   

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Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer has a long standing reputation as an advocate for victims’ rights. He chaired the ground-breaking campaign for Proposition 9, Marsy’s Law, the nation’s most comprehensive Victim’s Bill of Rights, and served as State Co-Chair for Proposition 83, the nation’s toughest sex offender punishment and control law as well as Proposition 69, which requires the collection of DNA samples from all felons. DA Spitzer also joint-authored Megan’s Law on the Internet, the landmark legislation requiring the release of public information related to sex offenders and as a former deputy and assistant district attorney he handled complex criminal matters while managing line prosecutors. Todd Spitzer has dedicated his life to keeping families safe and was inspired to dedicate his career to public service as an Orange County Supervisor, former California State Assembly Member, and now as the Orange County District Attorney.

Guest Speaker & Moderators

Howard Gillman, PhD

Chancellor, University of California, Irvine

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Howard Gillman, PhD, was appointed by the University of California Board of Regents as the sixth chancellor of the University of California, Irvine on September 18, 2014. He is an award-winning scholar and teacher with an expertise in the American Constitution and the Supreme Court. He holds faculty appointments in the School of Law, the Department of Political Science (within the School of Social Sciences), the Department of History (within the School of Humanities), and the Department of Criminology, Law and Society (within the School of Social Ecology) and every year teaches an undergraduate seminar. He also provides administrative oversight to, and serves as co-chair of the advisory board of, the University of California’s National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.

Under Chancellor Gillman’s leadership, UCI has accelerated its ascendency among globally preeminent research universities. It has been ranked in the top 10 of all public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report; doubled its annual philanthropic fundraising to an all-time high, including receiving the largest single gift in the campus’s history; increased its annual research support by more than $200 million, also setting a new record; established the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing; furthered its national leadership in sustainable practices; demonstrated its status as a “first choice” college for undergraduates by receiving more than 133,000 freshman and transfer applications for fall 2021, including being the top choice among all UC campuses for in-state, first-generation students for the third consecutive year; fostered regional economic development by establishing the premier local entrepreneurial incubator; announced Illuminations, an arts and culture initiative that enhances student exposure to the arts through enhanced regional partnerships; and developed a new strategic plan, Bright Past, Brilliant Future, that sets out a bold and ambitious road map for growth, expanding the university’s capacity to improve lives in our region and around the world.

Chancellor Gillman previously served as provost and executive vice chancellor (from June 2013) and interim chancellor (from July 2014). As provost he established a wide range of multidisciplinary research, teaching, and hiring initiatives designed to ensure campus-wide attention to important global and regional challenges, prioritized an agenda of “inclusive excellence” for faculty hiring and student support, transformed the campus’s approach to technology transfer and commercialization, expanded commitments to fundraising and community engagement, and reformed the campus budget model to prepare the university for an era of diminished state support.

Chancellor Gillman came to UCI after spending more than two decades at the University of Southern California, where he held faculty appointments in the Departments of Political Science and History, and, by courtesy, in the Gould School of Law. From 2005 to 2012 he served as dean of the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the largest, oldest, and most academically diverse unit at USC. During his five years as dean he raised approximately $450 million, including playing a central role in securing a $200 million naming gift, the largest single gift in USC’s history, and was credited with promoting innovation in academic programs, securing yearly increases in external funding for research, recruiting more than 100 new faculty, making diversity an institutional priority, developing a new funding model for Ph.D. programs, and expanding undergraduate opportunities in research, overseas study, and service learning.

Prior to his service as dean, Chancellor Gillman also served as associate vice provost for research advancement, chair of the Department of Political Science, and director of graduate studies within the Department of Political Science.

Chancellor Gillman has long been recognized for teaching excellence and dedication to students. Among his teaching honors are: the Teaching and Mentoring Award from the Law and Courts section of the American Political Science Association, 2013; the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2001 – the highest honor the university bestows on its faculty for career achievement in teaching and dedication to students; the General Education Teaching Award from the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 2001; and an appointment as a Distinguished Faculty Fellow of the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, 2001-2013.

His academic and scholarly honors include the Law and Courts Service Award, recognizing exceptional service to the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association; the Enlund Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Depaul University College of Law; the American Judicature Society Award for best paper on public law presented in the previous year; the C. Herman Pritchett Award for best book in public law published during the previous year; and the Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper presented at the previous annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association.

A prolific author of academic papers, articles, and book chapters, and a frequent invited lecturer, Chancellor Gillman’s books include:

  • The Religion Clauses: The Case for Separating Church and State,co-authored with Erwin Chemerinsky (Oxford University Press, 2020);
  • Free Speech on Campus, co-authored with Erwin Chemerinsky (Yale University Press, 2018);
  • The Complete American Constitutionalism, Volume One: Introduction and the Colonial Era, co-authored with Mark A. Graber (Oxford University Press, 2015), the first volume of an eight-volume reference series on American constitutional history and politics;
  • American Constitutionalism, 2nd edition, Volume I: Structure of Government, with Mark A. Graber and Keith Whittington (Oxford University Press, 2017, 2013);
  • American Constitutionalism, 2nd edition, Volume II: Rights and Liberties, with Mark A. Graber and Keith Whittington (Oxford University Press, 2017, 2013);
  • American Constitutionalism: Powers, Rights, and Liberties, co-authored with Mark A. Graber and Keith E. Whittington (Oxford University Press, 2014);
  • The Votes that Counted: How the Court Decided the 2000 Presidential Election (University of Chicago Press, 2001);
  • Supreme Court Decision-Making: New Institutionalist Approaches, edited with Cornell W. Clayton (University of Chicago Press, 1999);
  • The Supreme Court in American Politics: New Institutionalist Interpretations, edited with Cornell W. Clayton (University Press of Kansas, 1999);
  • The Constitution Besieged: The Rise and Demise of Lochner Era Police Powers Jurisprudence (Duke University Press, 1993), which received the C. Herman Pritchett Award for best book in public law published during the previous year and was named a Choice “Outstanding Academic Book” selection for 1993.

A native of Southern California, Chancellor Gillman grew up in North Hollywood and was a first-generation college student. He earned bachelor’s (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), master’s, and doctoral degrees in political science at UCLA. His wife, Ellen Ruskin-Gillman, earned her bachelor’s degree at UC San Diego and master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology at UCLA. They have two children.

Jon Gould

Dean, School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine 

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Dean Jon Gould is a distinguished scholar in justice policy, social change and government reform who has held key positions in the U.S. He became dean of UC Irvine's School of Social Ecology on Jan. 1, 2022. Gould leads the nation’s first and only school of social ecology, established in 1970 in response to high demand for more socially relevant research. For more than 50 years, the school has been an internationally recognized pioneer in developing interdisciplinary approaches to social problems. Its highly ranked faculty in criminology, law and society; urban planning and public policy; and psychological science engage in research and education to foster informed social action and make the world a better place.

Gould’s expertise covers justice policy, social change and government reform. He was the principal investigator for the Preventing Wrongful Convictions Project, a multiyear research initiative funded by the National Institute of Justice. He is the author of five books and more than 100 articles and reports on such diverse subjects as erroneous convictions, indigent defense, prosecutorial innovation, police behavior, hate speech, sexual harassment and international human rights.

Gould has filled a range of government leadership roles, including senior policy adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice and director of the Law & Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. In 2015, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts appointed him as reporter for a committee of the federal courts evaluating the operation of the Criminal Justice Act. Gould is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a former U.S. Supreme Court Fellow and a former trustee of the Law & Society Association. He received the Administration of Justice Award from the U.S. Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association in 2017.

Erik Ludwig, PhD

President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Orange County                                                       

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Erik Ludwig, PhD, has served as a Jewish communal professional for the past 20 years and brings a wealth of experience, strategic vision, and deep communal relationships to this role. He is recognized as one of the Jewish community’s most innovative and entrepreneurial leaders with a strong record of spearheading organizational change within mature organizations. His strengths were most recently demonstrated during his seven-year tenure as Director of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at Hebrew Union College where he oversaw the school’s revitalization and growth. Among his numerous accomplishments, he tripled student enrollment by redesigning core academic programs to meet the needs of students in a rapidly changing Jewish professional ecosystem, and significantly grew the school’s organizational capacity through increased philanthropy. Prior to his role at HUC, Erik served as Chief Operating Officer at Upstart Bay Area. He currently serves on the advisory council of IsraAID US and on the advisory board of Jewish Interactive. Erik holds a PhD in Education from the University of Utah, an MA from Humboldt State University, and a BS from the University of Utah.

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