Ron B. Meier, PhD, has a distinguished record of professional leadership in the Jewish community. Most recently, he served as the New York regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, leading ADL’s efforts statewide to combat anti-Semitism, prejudice and hate. He spent more than 20 years working on behalf of North American Jewish communities, first as the chief operating officer of the Jewish Federation of MetroWest (NJ), next as the chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and finally as the senior vice president and founding director of the Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence at the Jewish Federations of North America. He also served on the faculty of Haifa University (Israel) as a lecturer (assistant professor) and chair of the Community Development and Planning Track at the Haifa University School of Social Work.
As a leader in the Jewish communal field, he served as the president of the New Jersey Association of Jewish Communal Service and later as president of the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America.
Ron is the son of Holocaust survivors, both of whom were in their early teens growing up in the same small town in Germany around the time of Kristallnacht. His maternal grandparents (for whom he and his sister are named) did not escape, but saved his mother and aunt by getting them on the Kindertransport to England. As Ron puts it: “Preserving the memory of all those who perished and fighting on behalf of the Jewish people is in my DNA.”
Born in Baltimore, he received his BA from the University of Maryland and later was awarded MSW and PhD. Degrees from Washington University. Ron and his wife Joyce Raynor, an accomplished Jewish educator serving as head of school of the Adelson Educational Campus, have two daughters and one granddaughter.