The Jewish Federation of St. Louis Appoints New CEO June 28, 2012
The Jewish Federation of St. Louis has appointed Dr. Andrew Rehfeld as its new CEO. The appointment follows an extensive national search conducted in collaboration with The Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence at The Jewish Federations of North America.
Rehfeld will succeed Barry Rosenberg, who will assist in the transition. Rosenberg, 61, has held the post for the last 19 years and had announced his desire to move on after a transition period.
Rehfeld, 46, holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. He has been on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis since 2001, and is currently an associate professor of Political Science and professor of Law.
Rehfeld played a number of leadership roles at the university. In 2002, he founded a weekly workshop for faculty and graduate students that has grown dramatically under his direction. From 2007-2010, Rehfeld was the director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Political Science. For most of that period he also lived with his family as a residential faculty fellow in the undergraduate residence halls, implementing innovative educational programming with students.
Rehfeld has a long history of volunteer service in the St. Louis Jewish community including serving on the board of Sha’are Zedek Congregation and the executive committees for the JCRC and Hillel, where he chaired the search for a new rabbi. In 2008, Rehfeld was awarded the Michael and Barbara Newmark Emerging Leader Award from the JCRC. Earlier in his career, Rehfeld was a NFTY Director in New Jersey. He spent a year overseas working for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in India and Paris before beginning his academic career.
“We are thrilled to have found a person of Andrew’s caliber to lead our organization and the whole St. Louis Jewish community into the future,” said Robert Millstone, Federation chair, who led the search process. “Andrew brings us the intellect, passion, energy, collaborative skills and the gift for communication that we were seeking in our new professional leader.”
“I am honored and humbled by the trust the Federation has placed in me,” Rehfeld commented. “The opportunity to provide a leadership role in one of the most stable, generous and forward-thinking Jewish communities in this country is clearly the opportunity of a lifetime.”
“In partnership with the Mandel Center, we conducted a comprehensive national search that identified many very capable people from a variety of backgrounds,” Millstone said. “In the end, we chose a CEO who we believe will give us just the kind of leadership we want – collaborative, innovative and inspirational.”
Rehfeld will begin his tenure at the Federation on Sept. 1.
The Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence at JFNA provides a full range of Federation executive talent acquisition and transition services. Since January 2010, the Mandel Center has conducted searches for and successfully placed 25 new Federation CEOs.