Rabbi Amber Powers (she/her) serves as executive vice president of Reconstructing Judaism. Her works focuses on internal leadership and management, including supervision of the senior staff, financial strategy and organizational culture. She also serves as a member of the regular faculty and she is the instructor of the required workshops in budgeting and board governance. Powers served as a member of RRC’s academic administration from 2004-2016. Her previous roles at RRC included dean of admissions and recruitment, assistant vice president for enrollment and rabbinic formation, acting vice president for academic affairs, and vice president for student development. Before joining the RRC staff, she served as rabbi of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai in Northeast Philadelphia and as the mid-atlantic regional director of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation.
Powers received a Bachelor of Arts in religion with a concentration in Jewish studies from Emory University and rabbinic ordination and a Master of Hebrew letters from RRC. She was a participant in the Senior Executive Action Learning Team sponsored by Advancing Women Professionals in the Jewish Community (AWP). She is an alumna of the Wexner Fellowship Program for Jewish Professionals and has served as a mentor in the Wexner Alumni Mentorship Program. She lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her partner, Cherie Older, and their son, Elijah.