With deep ties to the IKAR community since its early days, Eric Greene was drawn to IKAR’s commitment to create an egalitarian community of mensches dedicated to meaningful spiritual practice, intellectual honesty and political engagement. Eric became a member out of a conviction that institutions doing good work–especially those striving to embody the best values of Judaism–must be supported and encouraged.
A writer and civil rights activist, Eric serves as Associate Communications Director for Diversity and Campus Climate at UCLA working to ensure that commitment to inclusion and equity is embedded in the heart of the university policy. Eric was previously Senior Policy Advisor at the ACLU of Southern California and Southern California Regional Director of Progressive Jewish Alliance/Bend The Arc.
Eric studied religion at Wesleyan University and Pardes, was a CORO fellow in New York and worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund before attending Stanford Law School. In addition to his efforts as an organizer in national and local Jews of Color and interfaith communities, Eric has also served as a consultant working with Jewish organizations on diversity and racial justice issues.
Alongside his activism, Eric has written or contributed to over half a dozen books on race, the arts and politics.