HIAS Names New VP for Membership and Development

Posted on Thu, Jan 04, 2007 at 12:28 pm

(New York City)– HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, has selected a seasoned fundraising professional with extensive experience in the Jewish community as its vice president for membership and development.

“We are delighted to have Susan Milamed join the HIAS team,” says Gideon Aronoff, president and CEO of HIAS. “Her background in fundraising as well as her experience in the Jewish community, make us very optimistic that we will be able to reach new goals as we face an ever-changing, uncertain world.”

Milamed says she looks forward to working with HIAS “to create a development plan that will help HIAS to fully realize its mission and respond to quick changing situations around the world. HIAS is all about helping people to chart their own destinies, and giving people opportunities that help them become all they can be.”

Before taking the new role at HIAS, Milamed served as vice president for development and planning at the World Union for Progressive Judaism, where she was responsible for North American operations. She is the former assistant vice president for development at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she directed its $135 million comprehensive capital campaign. Milamed also served as a community board coordinator for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget where she assisted community leaders in identifying and advocating for local budget priorities.

Milamed earned an MA from Columbia University and an AB from Boston University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She has taught workshops on fundraising, grant writing and proposal development for New York University, City University of New York and the World Union for Progressive Judaism, among others. Milamed also has conducted and published research on the growth of mutual aid associations among Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants in New York City. She lives with her husband and son in New York City.