Private Investor, UJA Board Member
Marcia Riklis began her business career as an account executive on the Revlon Account at Grey Advertising. After completion of her MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business, she joined Rapid American Corporation (the family business), a large conglomerate with a variety of industrial companies, large national retail chains, and major liquor and cosmetic companies.
In 1990, Marcia founded Jose Eber Inc., a small national hair care company, which she sold to her partner in 1994. Marcia created a cross-disciplinary program, “the Campaign for Love Without Violence,” to educate and encourage self- esteem among victims of domestic violence. She became a founding member of The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York to help address a broad range of issues relating to women and girls.
For many years, she served on the Executive Committee of UJA-Federation of New York, holding a number of positions, including Chair of The Annual Campaign and Founding Chair of Shituf, the grant-making body, which coordinates UJA work in Israel. Presently she chairs IPad, the task force overseeing Measurement and Evaluation. She is a founding member of Jewish Democratic Council of America and currently sits on the boards of the Jewish Funder’s Network, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Peaceworks Foundation.
Above all, Marcia’s favorite job is that of mother to her two children, Daniella and David and grandmother to Noa and Shira.