Luz Liebeskind Named CFO of UJA Federation of NY
Luz Liebeskind has been named as the new chief financial officer of UJA-Federation of New York, beginning January 1, 2023. She succeeds Irvin Rosenthal, who is retiring after more than 22 years in the role. Ms. Liebeskind will report to UJA CEO Eric S. Goldstein.
“UJA-Federation’s long history of strong financial controls and transparent reporting are core to our success and mission. Luz is a person of enormous integrity, with an outstanding track record, and shares our commitment to excellence in management and operations. Equally important, Luz’s expertise in leading complex transactions and negotiations, and proven ability to work collaboratively across constituencies, make her the ideal professional for the job. We are thrilled to have Luz join UJA,” said Eric S. Goldstein, CEO, UJA-Federation of New York.
“As a New Yorker, one sees the impact of UJA-Federation’s work everywhere you go — and it’s a privilege for me to be joining this extraordinary organization. I look forward to working with UJA-Federation’s excellent lay and professional team, as well as its unparalleled network of nonprofit partners, in helping to achieve UJA-Federation’s vital mission,” said Luz Liebeskind.
In her new role, Ms. Liebeskind will be responsible for UJA-Federation’s financial management and operations, including overseeing an annual operating budget of approximately $225 million, endowment of over $1 billion, and pension plan serving UJA-Federation and nonprofit network employees. The following departments will report to Ms. Liebeskind: Accounting and Finance, Investments, Administrative Services, and Facilities and Real Estate.
Ms. Liebeskind served since 2008 as CFO of RiverSpring Living, a leading nonprofit dedicated to helping older adults, which operates the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, middle income independent living, affordable senior housing communities, and a managed long-term care plan. During her tenure, Ms. Liebeskind played an integral role in helping to grow RiverSpring Living from a $120 million to a $1.1 billion annual operating budget.
Before joining RiverSpring, Ms. Liebeskind was deputy controller for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and previously served as the corporate controller at Montefiore Medical Center. She began her career at Ernst & Young.
Ms. Liebeskind serves on the board of the Baruch College Fund and was the treasurer from 2000 to 2012. She is co-chair of its finance committee and a member of its audit committee. Ms. Liebeskind also served on the Board of Directors of the North Shore Synagogue and is treasurer of the Bronx Regional Health Information Exchange Organization.
She attended Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, accounting, and an Executive Master of Science in finance. She is a certified public accountant in New York.