Boston Technology Investment Firm CEO is First Vice Chair of HIAS Board

Posted on Thu, Jan 04, 2007 at 12:18 pm

(New York City)– Michael Rukin, who serves as CEO of Concord Hill Group Trust, a technology investment firm based in Boston, has been named first vice chair of the board of directors of HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. With offices on five of the world’s continents and headquartered in New York City, HIAS has helped to rescue and resettle more than 4.5 million refugees since it began operations in 1881.

The first vice chairmanship of the board at HIAS is the penultimate position leading to that of chair of the board. Rukin is expected to assume that position in June of this year, when the board traditionally names its chair.

“At a time when world events have become particularly dynamic, Michael Rukin brings a unique perspective to HIAS,” says Jerome Teller, chair of the board. “His professional background is a good compliment to the backgrounds of our diverse board, and his community service record shows strong involvement in the Jewish community as well as in migration issues.”

Rukin has been active in local, national and international Jewish organizations for the past three decades, including the Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston, where he was chairman of the board from 1996 to 1999. He led the effort of the then Council of Jewish Federations to establish Hillel: the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, whose board of directors he chaired from 1995 to 1998. He has also served on the boards and executive committees of United Jewish Communities, the Union for Reform Judaism, and the Joint Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism.

An early activist in the Soviet Jewry movement, Rukin served on the boards of the National Conference for Soviet Jewry and the Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry. In Israel he has chaired the board of overseers of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and served on the board of governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel. He holds a BEE degree from the City College of New York and an MSEE from Northeastern University. He was the founder and CEO of Analytical Systems Engineering Corporation, a pioneer in the fields of radio navigation and physical security systems.

“We are truly looking forward to working with Michael,” says Gideon Aronoff, president and CEO of HIAS. “He joins the ranks of some rather esteemed directors over our 125-year history.”