Barbara Saidel is Chief Operating Officer of the Union for Reform Judaism. As Chief Operating Officer (COO), Saidel focuses on the URJ's underlying business strategies in order to deliver programs and services in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. She provides leadership, direction and hands-on management of operations and administrative activities and is responsible for managing IT, HR, Communications, Facilities, Meetings & Conventions, URJ Books and Music, the Camping System, and the MUM (Maintenance of Union Membership) Department.
Saidel has over 25 years of progressively responsible experience consulting with and managing large and mid-sized businesses. Prior to joining URJ in January 2011, Barbara was an independent consultant focused on helping not-for-profit organizations and medium sized businesses improve their effectiveness through the strategic use of information and technology. From 1994-2009 she was Managing Director and CIO of Russell Reynolds Associates, the international executive recruiting firm, where she directed global information systems and knowledge management. She was also a technology consultant to the transition team for Obama for America. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds, she held various leadership positions in finance, information systems and operations in law firms and investment banks. Ms. Saidel began her career at Arthur Young and Company (now Ernst and Young) as a consultant, specializing in financial and operations management for middle market companies and professional service firms.
Barbara received her B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Certified Public Accountant.