Vice President, Development
Miriam Feffer joined HIAS in 2017 as Vice President for Development, where she oversees an advancement team dedicated to sustaining HIAS’ essential work helping displaced people find safety, freedom, and opportunity. Her 20 years of experience in fundraising includes leadership roles at the oldest and largest synagogue in Washington, a progressive strategy center, a national network of women environmental philanthropists, and a D.C.-area independent school. Prior to joining the nonprofit world in search of mission-driven work, she conducted market research for a broad base of clients.
An anthropologist by training with a focus on youth, bodies, and gender, Miriam completed studies toward a doctorate in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Chicago and earned a BA in Anthropology and American Studies from Brandeis University. She is the proud parent of an opinionated teenager and affectionate labradoodle. As the daughter of a refugee from Hitler’s Europe, Miriam understands only too well how a whole family can be saved by individuals and countries acting with integrity. She is grateful for the opportunity to connect HIAS supporters with meaningful opportunities to act on their values.