Erika B. Rudin-Luria is president of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and only the fifth person to serve in this role in the Federation’s nearly 120-year history.
Prior to being appointed to this role in 2019, Erika served as the organization’s senior vice president and chief strategy officer, in which she was responsible for the Federation’s strategic planning, community development, allocations, governance, and marketing functions. In this capacity, Erika helped the organization identify and address a wide range of established and emerging community needs – ranging from food insecurity to caregiver support to inclusion.
She is a trustee of the Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel Foundation, the David and Inez Myers Foundation, and the Maltz Foundation and on the Board of Directors of Parkwood Corporation, a private trust company. Erika was part of the inaugural cohort of the Mandel Executive Leadership Fellows, a program of the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership, an initiative of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation.
She first joined Cleveland’s Federation in 2001 as a Supporting Foundations manager. She began her career as a project coordinator with UJA-Federation of New York. Erika received her Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Brandeis University. She earned her Master of Science 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.
She and her husband, Rabbi Hal Rudin-Luria, live in Pepper Pike, Ohio with their two sons, Jacob and Ari.
Why I Serve on the JPro Board:
Because it is all about the who. Our community needs strong professionals and leaders to address any challenge or opportunity we face. I want to inspire people to continue to find fulfillment and inspiration through work in the Jewish community.