Eric Ross, Senior Associate Regional Director
Florida Region – ADL, Fighting Hate for Good
“Hate Crimes – Their Importance, Impact, and Legislation” and What We Can Do to Help Protect Each Other
Online • Wednesday • June 30 • 7:00 PM Zoom
All Members and Guests Welcome!
Eric Ross joined the Anti-Defamation League in August of 2015 as an Associate Regional Director, and now holds the title of Senior Associate Regional Director. In this capacity, Eric leads ADL’s Glass Leadership Institute (GLI) training courses, he is the lead staff for the Florida Region’s Advocacy & Engagement Committee, he coordinates ADL’s Florida Hate Crime Coalition (FHCC), he responds to discrimination complaints that come through ADL’s Florida office, and he expands support for ADL’s mission and initiatives through strategic community outreach efforts and working with volunteers. Additionally, Eric has received certification as an ADL “Words to Action” facilitator, as an ADL “No Place For Hate” facilitator, and as an ADL “Managing Implicit Bias for Law Enforcement” facilitator.
Eric grew up in an eastern suburb of Orlando, where he graduated from the Hebrew Day School of Central Florida (now the Jewish Academy of Orlando). After spending nearly every summer of his youth attending Camp Judaea in North Carolina and Camp Tel Yehudah in New York, it was only fitting that he spent his entire freshmen year of college studying abroad and volunteering in Israel on Young Judaea’s Year Course program. Between that, participating in the Alexander Muss High School in Israel program, and staffing Young Judaea’s Machon in Israel summer teen-tour, Eric has spent over 14 months in total living and studying abroad in Israel.
Eric received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He then went on to earn two Master of Arts degrees from Gratz College in suburban Philadelphia; one in Jewish Studies and another in Jewish Communal Service, with a specialization in Jewish Non-Profit Management.
Prior to joining ADL, Eric held numerous positions in the organized Jewish community. Most recently, he served as the National Director of Development for Neve Michael Children’s Village Inc., a U.S.-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting a home for disadvantaged youth in Pardes Hana, Israel. Eric also worked as a Senior Development Executive with American Friends of The Hebrew University in Fort Lauderdale. He spent over five years working in the Florida Regional Office of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), first as the North & Central Florida Area Director, and then as the Broward County Area Director. Before that, Eric was the Assistant Director of the Palm Beach County Chapter of American Jewish Committee. And in his first position after graduate school, he spent two years working for the Jewish Federations in Akron and Canton, Ohio, as the JCRC Director, Partnership with Israel Director, Super Sunday Manager, and Young Leadership Director.
Eric currently lives in Coral Springs, together with his wife and their two young daughters. Eric is a proud lifetime associate member of Hadassah. In his spare time, Eric is actively involved with several organizations and causes, but most recently he joined the City of Coral Springs’ Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee in 2016, and in March of 2020 he assumed the role of MCAC Committee Chair.