Amelia Ribnick Kleiman (BA '79, political science), President
Amelia Ribnick Kleiman, MBA, JD, Texas Regional Director of the American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem since 2011, is responsible for developing local Texas leadership, increasing awareness for one of Israel's world renowned medical centers and significantly enhancing Shaare Zedek's profile and fundraising efforts throughout the state.
Previously with Baylor College of Medicine, Amelia served as a Director of Development helping to grow BCM's donor support by actively cultivating and soliciting major gift prospects. Prior to BCM, Amelia was the Principal of ARK Consulting, which assisted organizations, foundations, corporations, and individuals build legacies for the future through planned giving, fund-raising, and/or non-profit management assistance. Kleiman also served as Special Project Counsel for St. Luke's Episcopal Health System, Assistant Director of Development and External Relations for the Houston Zoo, Executive Director of the Center for Community Initiatives at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, and Executive Director of the Houston Jewish Community Foundation.
Kleiman received her BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Denver in 1979, graduating with University and Economics Honors. She has been active as an alumni since leaving school, having served in various leadership roles with the greater Houston Alumni Chapter, as well as an interviewer and recruiter for the DU Office of Admissions. A founding Board member of the DU Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) Dean's Advisory Board, and most recently Board Vice President, Kleiman assumes her term as President following the untimely passing of cherished DU alumni, Dave Briggs.
Kleiman, who also holds an MBA and JD from University of Houston, currently serves as Chair of National Philanthropy Day for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Houston Chapter. She previously served as President-Elect, VP of Community Outreach and Diversity, VP of Government Relations, and Assistant Secretary, and also held leadership roles with the local Planned Giving Council. A member of the State Bar of Texas and Women's B & P Connections networking organization, Kleiman also serves as Co-Chair of the Greater Houston Grantmakers' Forum. In addition to her professional affiliations, Amelia is an active volunteer with numerous non-profits, including the University of Denver, University of Houston Law Center, Hadassah, Jewish Family Service, JCC of Houston, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, among others. She also served for a number of years as a religious school teacher at her synagogues.
A third-generation native Houstonian and published author, Kleiman practiced law and ran a successful business before starting her non-profit career. With over 20 years in the non-profit field, Kleiman is a popular speaker in the areas of giving in diverse communities, planned giving, endowments, grant-making, marketing, corporate philanthropy, and community foundations. She has spoken extensively to a variety of groups, locally, regionally and internationally.
Kleimanis married to Eric Kleiman, a marketing consultant, and is the proud mom of Brett, age 16 and Jacklyn, age 10, who both attend Robert M. Beren Academy, as well as Jenna Michelle Kleiman, z'l. When not keeping up with her kids many sports activities, Amelia and her family love to travel, especially to visit baseball stadiums and National Parks around the U.S.