David Rivel

David Rivel is the chief executive officer of the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, one of the nation's largest social and human service providers with an annual budget of $250 million and a staff of 3,200. The organization works with 45,000 people of all ages each year at 75 locations around New York City, helping them to recover from a wide range of mental health, behavioral, and family challenges. Prior to The Jewish Board, Mr. Rivel was the executive director of City Parks Foundation, which works in over 750 parks citywide presenting a broad range of arts and culture, sports and recreation and education programs, and helping communities support their local parks. He has written and lectured extensively about the importance of parks to the life of a community and about the key role community involvement plays in revitalizing parks. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Rivel was president of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community schools of the arts. He engineered six consecutive years of record enrollment and fundraising results. He also launched a successful capital campaign to renovate the conservancy’s historic brownstone school in Brooklyn and built a new facility in Flushing.  Before coming to the Conservatory, Mr. Rivel was vice president of marketing and communications at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts where he created its marketing and design departments. He also served as director of executive projects and assistant director of strategic planning, playing an important role in the creation of Jazz at Lincoln Center. From 1986 to 1988, Mr. Rivel was director of finance for First Run Features, an international film and video distribution company. He negotiated and supervised a merger with a major competitor, thereby creating the country's largest nontheatrical distributor of political and social issue films. Mr. Rivel’s academic background is in film history and aesthetics, and he taught film studies at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. After receiving his master’s degree from Wesleyan, he served as the first assistant curator of the newly-formed Wesleyan Film Archives.