Rita Tobin joined Hudson River Park Friends as Institutional Giving Manager in June 2018. Prior to joining Friends, Rita worked for many years as a civil litigator and employment attorney, practicing at two national law firms and, more recently, operating her own private practice.
As Institutional Giving manager, Rita plans and implements giving campaigns to sustain and grow both core and project support from institutional donors, including foundations, corporations, government agencies and other institutional sources. Her goals are to nurture and expand Friends’ giving base in the institutional community.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Rita attended New York City public schools, earning a B.A. in English from Brooklyn College, CUNY. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in English, from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Columbia University Law School.
Rita was a co-neighborhood team leader for Eastern Westchester County in the Obama/Biden 2012 presidential campaign, and is a volunteer attorney for the Safe Passage Immigrant Project, a division of the Justice Action Center at New York Law School that works with volunteer attorneys and New York Law School students to provide representation of unaccompanied minors in the immigration process. She is also an adjunct assistant professor of English at Hunter College, CUNY, where she teaches courses in literary theory and American literature.