Chief Executive OfficerRivkie Feiner is a dynamic leader with a talent for identifying winning ideas and making them happen. Harnessing her intuitive grasp of people and programs, Rivkie has had a transformative impact on UCN and has helped clients secure hundreds of millions of dollars from government and private funding sources.
Coming to UCN in 1994, Rivkie’s superb mastery of multiple functions rapidly propelled her to vice president and chief financial officer, positions she held from 2001-2013. In 2010, she became a partner in UCN, and in 2013 was appointed CEO.
In addition to her duties at UCN, Rivkie has served as program director of the Overseas Aid Consortium, Agudath Israel of America, from 1998 to 2001; a Fellow in the Community Connections Program of the New York Jewish Community Relations Council in 2014-15; and a tireless advocate for children’s safety, health, financial literacy and quality education. A powerful motivational speaker and workshop presenter, Rivkie has been a panelist in forums on government and foundation funding at the annual President’s Conference of Torah Umesorah - National Society of Hebrew Day Schools, the USAID conference in Washington, D.C., Agudath Israel’s lay leader conclaves and the Jewish Women’s Entrepreneur conference.
Rivkie and UCN have been the recipient of many prestigious honors and awards, including Honoree at the American Friends of Shaare Zedek Medical Center Women’s Division Luncheon; Avodas Hakodesh tribute from Yeshiva Darchei Noam; and the Tomche Shabbos of Rockland County Annual Dinner.
FounderUCN Founder and President Ursula Lehmann grew a solo operation into an internationally recognized company that helps organizations worldwide access millions of dollars in aid. A brilliant visionary, she utilizes masterful strategic thinking and communication skills to help clients transform their dreams into tangible, fundable projects.
A magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa graduate of City College of New York, Ursula served as an associate professor and faculty advisor at Queensborough, Long Island University, LaGuardia, Rockland Community and Friends World Colleges. Ursula came to grant writing via her involvement in academia and community development. Success as Director of Development of the Rockland Community Development Council, combined with requests for representation by several prestigious organizations and compelling causes, prompted Ursula to become an independent consultant and to open her own grant-writing company.
With a passion for championing worthy causes, Ursula has designed and implemented numerous community improvement projects, and helped secure millions of dollars to create high-quality health, housing, education and community assistance programs, both in the U.S. and abroad. Among her achievements are writing grants to gain funding to support the nascent Jewish community in the former Soviet Union, and raising millions to help the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. A trailblazing community organizer and child advocate, Ursula was honored for her accomplishments on the Rockland County Youth Bureau, and was cited for her many contributions to the Rockland Consortium for the 21st Century.