Marcia Riklis Member of the Board of Governors

Marcia Riklis
The Jewish Agency for Israel ©

Ms. Marcia Riklis began her business career as an account executive on the Revlon Account at Grey Advertising. After completion of her MBA, she joined the family business, Rapid American Corporation, a large conglomerate with a variety of industrial companies, large national retail chains, and major liquor and cosmetic companies. Eventually, as vice president of strategic planning, she helped to further diversify the company by successfully bidding for cellular telephone contracts and handling a portfolio of stock investments. In 1990, Marcia founded Jose Eber Inc., a small national hair care company, which she sold to her partner in 1994. She now devotes her time to family, philanthropy and managing her personal investments.

As CEO of Jose Eber, Marcia created a cross-disciplinary program, “the Campaign for Love Without Violence,” to educate and encourage self-esteem among victims of domestic violence. She became a founding member of The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York to help address a broad range of issues relating to women and girls. 

Marcia’s involvement with UJA-Federation began with the Women’s Campaign, where she chaired the Lion of Judah Winter Conference; she was also involved in Planned Giving and Endowments, The Caring Commission and Caring Cabinet, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. Marcia is currently a member of the Finance Committee, the COJIR Commission’s Israel Task Force, the Campaign Steering Committee and the Priorities Cabinet. She served as the co-Chair of the General Campaign from 2011-2013.

This year, Marcia and her family established the Riklis Prize in Agency Entrepreneurship, which recognizes network agencies fostering impactful initiatives that maximize sustainable improvements in human and environmental well-being.

Throughout her life, Marcia has been deeply involved with and committed to Israel.  Her parents are Israeli, and she spent most summers and Jewish holidays in Israel since the age of four.

In addition to staying closely aligned with many Israeli institutions, she was deeply involved in the Israel Policy Forum where she was honored by them for her work in 2002, and headed up the task force which published “Foundations For A Future Peace:  Ten Principles for Mideast Peacemaking.” She now works very closely with the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University.

Marcia graduated from Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1973, and received her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1978. Above all, Marcia’s favorite job is that of mother to her two children, Daniella, 30, and David, 27.

She is a Board member since July 2014.