UJA-Federation of New York

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UJA-Federation of New York is led by committed leaders who reflect the diversity and dynamism of the New York Jewish community. Volunteers work hand in hand with professional staff, proudly upholding a more than 90-year tradition of creative collaboration.

Jeffrey A. Schoenfeld

Jeffrey A. Schoenfeld


Jeff first became involved in UJA-Federation of New York 20 years ago when he signed up to be a volunteer leader. As he saw the direct impact of philanthropy changing people’s lives, he deepened his engagement, leading UJA’s HIV/Aids Task Force, its Poverty Task Force, and an ad hoc committee on Israeli Children at Risk. Before becoming president of UJA, Jeff chaired UJA’s Caring Commission and co-chaired its Annual Campaign.

Professionally, Jeff is a partner at Brown Brothers Harriman, which he joined in 1984, and has occupied numerous investment roles, including head of Fixed Income Management and head of Asset Allocation. He now leads the firm’s Institutional Investment Management business, overseeing client activities and business development on a global basis.

A strong believer in serving our community’s most vulnerable members, Jeff makes sure that all UJA’s programs have clear and measurable goals. He has been a member of the UJA Executive Committee and Board of Directors and currently sits on the Executive Leadership of the Wall Street Division.

A native of San Francisco, Jeff resides in Manhattan with his partner, Matt Holbein, and is an avid supporter of the arts.

Robert S. Kapito

Robert S. Kapito

Chair of the Board

Formerly the chair of UJA-Federation of New York’s Wall Street Division, Rob now serves as UJA’s chair of the board, where he draws on his experience and expertise in investment management.

In his day job, Rob is president and a director of BlackRock, where he oversees all of the company’s key operating units. Prior to founding BlackRock, Rob was a vice president in the Mortgage Products Group at The First Boston Corporation. He is also a director of iShares Inc.

Rob serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors. He is the recipient of the 2009 Joseph Wharton Leadership Award, the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation’s 2010 Semper Fidelis Award, and in 2012 was honored by UJA with the Wall Street Division’s Gustave Levy Award.

Originally from upstate New York, Rob resides in Manhattan with his wife, Ellen, and family.

Eric S. Goldstein

Eric S. Goldstein


Eric is a longtime active member in the Jewish community and served in a number of senior lay positions before being appointed UJA-Federation’s CEO in 2014. Before joining UJA, Eric was a leading partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Eric has overseen UJA’s work in Israel and the former Soviet Union, has been a member of UJA-Federation’s Executive Committee, and served as chair of its Lawyers Division, the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal, and the Global Strategy Task Force.

He is a founding board member of Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and has served as chair of the board of Manhattan Day School; a board member of the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), a UJA-Federation beneficiary agency; president of the Beth Din of America; a board member of the Ramaz School; and is an honorary board member of DOROT, also a UJA-Federation beneficiary agency.

In 2013, Eric received the Torch of Learning Award from American Friends of The Hebrew University. He was a participant in the Wexner Heritage Program. A native of Brooklyn, Eric lives in Manhattan with his wife, Tamar, and their four children.