Mrs. Vicki Trachten-Schwartz was born in New Haven, Connecticut to an Orthodox family who is actively involved in Jewish Community life. Vicki and her three siblings all attended Jewish schools, Zionist camps and actively participated in youth groups, which helped to cultivate a devotion for Israel and the Jewish people.
After visiting Israel for the first time in 1971, with both her Grandmother and Mother, followed by a visit to Anne Frank’s home in 1973, Vicki’s devotion to the Jewish people began to coalesce. Beginning with a fundraiser during her freshman year at her alma mater, Boston University, in order to raise funds in response to the Yom Kippur War.
Over the last 30 years, Vicki has sat on both the Women’s Board of The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and Colorado. While living in New Haven, Vicki was a recipient of the Lender Family Young Leadership Award, served on UJA Young Leadership Cabinet and co-founded Rachel’s Table, a food recovery non-profit through seed money provided by the Greater New Haven Jewish Federation and Sylvia Trachten.
After moving to Colorado in 1996 with her husband Rob and three children, Adam, Simon and Rebecca, Vicki became involved with the Jewish Federation of Colorado, serving as Women’s Campaign Chair and endowed her Lion of Judah gift. In 2007, Vicki was honored by Keshet of the Rockies with the Aishes Chayel Award for Community Service; she served as President of the Keshet Board through 2012.
Presently, Vicki serves as Managing Treasurer of the Morris and Sylvia Trachten Family Foundation, which supports needs throughout the Jewish world as well as secular needs. Vicki, her parents and siblings financially underwrite the needs of institutions, families and individuals on a case-by-case basis.
Vicki holds a B.S in Physical Education and Health from Boston University and a M.A in Sports and Fitness Management from New York University. For over 20 years Vicki was a teacher and coach.
She is a committee member since June 2012.