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UJC Leadership Biographies

Robert Goldberg, Chair, UJC
Mark Wilf, National Campaign Chairman, UJC
Morton B. Plant, Executive Committee Chair, UJC
Kathy E. Manning, Treasurer, UJC
Howard M. Rieger, President and Chief Executive Officer, UJC

Robert Goldberg, Chair, United Jewish Communities
Robert Goldberg is the chair of the Board of Trustees of United Jewish Communities.  He has chaired UJC's Executive, Budget, and Overseas Needs Assessment and Distribution (ONAD) Committees and served as treasurer. He is a past Board chair of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland. He currently serves as a trustee of the United Israel Appeal and a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

A native of Cleveland, he is a trustee of the Cleveland State University Foundation and a member of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association.  He is a former member of the Governor of Ohio's Commission on Housing, the Cleveland Citywide Development Corporation, the Cleveland Reinvestment Task force and the Mayor's Housing Construction Advisory Committee.

Mr. Goldberg earned his Bachelors degree from Ohio State University and his Juris Doctorate from Cleveland Marshall School of Law.

He is the president of the Ohio Savings Bank.

Mark Wilf, National Campaign Chairman, United Jewish Communities
Mark Wilf is national campaign chairman of United Jewish Communities. He is the immediate past UJC national major gifts chair. He also recently served as president of the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey and is past chair of the UJA National Young Leadership Cabinet.

Wilf has filled leadership roles in a variety of Jewish communal organizations, including the Jewish Educational Center in Elizabeth, N.J.; Israel Bonds; the Anti-Defamation League; the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union Counties, N.J.; and the Jewish Community Center in Scotch Plains, N.J. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

He and his wife Jane have received multiple honors for their important accomplishments and contributions to the Jewish community. They have received Yad Vashem’s prestigious Remembrance Award, and they are past recipients of the President’s Award and the Young Leadership Award of the Jewish Community Federation of Central New Jersey.

A New Jersey native, Wilf is a principal of Garden Homes Development, a family-owned real estate business.

He is a graduate of Princeton University and New York University Law School.

Morton B. Plant, Executive Committee Chair, United Jewish Communities
Morton B. Plant is the chair of the UJC Executive Committee and past chair of the Budget & Finance Committee and treasurer.

Elected as chairman of the board of THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore in June 1999 for a three-year term, he is a member of the Executive Committee, the Executive Investment Committee and the Committee on Overseas Relationships.  He is the former chairman of the North American Maccabi Youth Games.

Plant serves on the boards of directors of Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, LifeBridge Health, Mercantile Bankshares Safe Deposit and Trust Company.

A graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania, Plant is the former chairman of Keywell Corporation, the largest scrap metal and stainless steel recycling company in the United States. 

During his career, among other positions of distinction, he served as president of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. 

Plant resides in Baltimore, Maryland.

Kathy E. Manning, Treasurer, United Jewish Communities
Kathy E. Manning is treasurer of United Jewish Communities, chair of the organization’s Budget & Finance Committee, and chair of the General Assembly Re-Design Committee.

She is immediate past chair of the UJC Small Federation Steering Committee and immediate past chair of the Human Services and Social Policy Committee. She is a former member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet and a recipient of the Young Leadership Award.

Manning is the immediate past president of the Greensboro Jewish Federation, and has served as chair of the Greensboro Jewish Federation Annual Campaign, co-chair of the Operation Exodus Campaign, and Women's Cabinet chair.  She is a past president of the B'nai Shalom Synagogue Day School and serves on the boards of the Greensboro Symphony and Triad Stage.  She has co-chaired the Alexis De Tocqueville Society campaign for the United Way of Greensboro and has been active on the National Council for Community and Justice and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

Manning specializes in immigration law at Manning & Associates, PLLC, in Greensboro, North Carolina.

She is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Michigan Law School.

Howard M. Rieger, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Jewish Communities
Howard M. Rieger has served as president and chief executive officer of United Jewish Communities since September 2004.

From 1981 to 2004 he served as president of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Under his leadership, the federation had immense success in fundraising efforts to support projects and initiatives, including an annual financial resource development effort totaling over $25 million; the 1990-91 Exodus Campaign, which raised $15 million to resettle Jews from the former Soviet Union; redesigning of services to older persons in the Pittsburgh Jewish community; conceptualization and implementation of the $60 million 1996-99 Renaissance Community Capital Campaign for the development and renovation of seven local agency facilities; the 2000-01 restructuring of the federation; the development of multiple Hesed/community centers throughout the former Soviet Union; and a worldwide Jewish communal training program.

Rieger was a key player in the merger of the Council of Jewish Federations with United Jewish Appeal, resulting in UJC’s creation in 1999. He was chair of UJC’s National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) 2000-01 Publication Advisory Committee and served in other leadership roles in federation projects in Israel, Argentina, the former Soviet Union and elsewhere overseas.

After serving as an assistant professor at the State University of New York, Rieger joined the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland. During an 11-year tenure there, he served in virtually every area and as the federation’s assistant executive director and its first director of operations.

A Chicago native, Rieger earned his Ph.D. in Government at Southern Illinois University. He received an undergraduate degree in political science and a graduate degree in public administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago.