Board of Directors Chair-Elect Thomas A. Blumberg.
Philanthropist, community leader and businessman Thomas A. Blumberg of New York, NY, has been voted chair-elect of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life by the Hillel Board of Directors. Mr. Blumberg will take office in July, succeeding current chair, Bea Mandel of Los Angeles.
"I am honored by the trust that the Board has placed in me," says Mr. Blumberg. "I look forward to building on the foundation created by my predecessors to help Hillel serve Jewish college students the world over."
"Tom has not only been a partner in the Hillel enterprise, he has been my friend," says Hillel President and CEO Wayne L. Firestone. "I look forward to deepening our relationship as we meet the needs of Jewish students."
Mr. Blumberg has been a Hillel volunteer leader at the local and international level for more than a decade. As the former chair of Hillels of New York, he helped transform its regional structure, strengthening the relationship between Hillel and UJA-Federation of New York as well as fortifying the capacity of 12 Hillels in the New York metropolitan area. This process, the "New York Initiative," led to the establishment of a volunteer board for Baruch Hillel, created a Hillel at The College of Staten Island and reinvigorated Hillel at Hunter College.
Mr. Blumberg joined the Board of Directors of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, the organization's governing and fiduciary board, in 2000. In addition to serving on the Executive Committee, he is a member of the Development and Human Resources committees and Board Engagement Task Force. He chaired the Security and Safety Task Force and has served on the Federation Relations Committee, the Executive Retention Committee, and the Marketing and Branding Task Force. In 2004, Mr. Blumberg was named a "Hillel Exemplar of Excellence" for his outstanding leadership.
Mr. Blumberg, a marketing, branding, and organizational development consultant, is a former principal of the Leviton Manufacturing Company where he served as Group Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Leviton is a leading producer of wiring devices, electronic devices, telecommunication equipment and wire and cable.
Blumberg's extensive philanthropic efforts and volunteer involvement have earned him a well-deserved reputation as a "professional volunteer," a label he proudly embraces. He is a member of the boards of the UJA-Federation of New York, the Jewish Communal Fund of New York, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, and Fâ€¢Eâ€¢Gâ€¢S, one of the largest and most diversified not-for-profit health and human services organizations in the United States. For more than five years, Blumberg has chaired the Federation Executive Recruitment & Education Program (FEREP) Committee of the Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).
A graduate of Dartmouth College, he is active in the alumni fund and was honored in 1999 as an outstanding alumnus of his class. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Communications Officer to the Vice-Admiral of Amphibious Forces, Atlantic Fleet.
Mr. Blumberg and wife Lanie have three children and seven grandchildren. The couple enjoys skiing, photography, scuba diving, trekking and spending time with their beautiful family.