Foundation Relations Officer
Doug Edelson is Foundation Relations Officer at the Center for Constitutional Rights, in which capacity he drives the strategy, solicitation, and stewardship of CCR’s dedicated cadre of institutional donors. Doug came to CCR following a long tenure at HIAS, the global Jewish agency that protects refugees, where he served as Director of Institutional Giving and the development department’s unofficial comedian in residence. Earlier in his career, he served as Development Director at the Tricycle Foundation, and as Associate Director of Development at Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), where he oversaw a portfolio of public and private funders supporting 60 percent of the agency’s annual revenues. Before making development his vocation, Doug enjoyed a budding career as an art historian. He is author of “Courbet’s Reception in America Before 1900,” published in the Brooklyn Museum’s lauded exhibition catalog, Courbet Reconsidered, and the monograph Patronage and Criticism of Gustave Courbet In Nineteenth-Century America. Doug earned joint master’s degrees in arts and business administration from the University of Cincinnati, and holds a third master’s in art history from Queens College, CUNY. He would willingly trade one of them in to regain his naturally curly hair.