Robin M. Feder, MS, CFRE
Robin M. Feder, MS, CFRE, was named executive director of CID -
Central Institute for the Deaf in October of 2003. From 1988 to 2003, she was CID’s top development officer. Initially, she was trained in the CID professional education program as a teacher of the deaf. She received her undergraduate degree in 1972 from Washington University in St. Louis and her master’s degree in deaf education in 1975 from Washington University/CID. She taught at CID for 12 years, in the school, in language development classes and in the parent-infant program, before she was asked to establish a development and public relations office at CID.
Under Ms. Feder’s leadership, school enrollment increased 63% from 2003 to 2009. Ms. Feder helped initiate and design what has become CID’s annual signature fundraising event, the Ultimate Picnic, which has raised more than $2.7 million in its 15-year history to benefit the school children at CID. She also coordinated the CID capital campaign. Completed in 2002, this campaign raised over $31 million to build a new school and research and administration campus at Central Institute for the Deaf.
Since 1995, Ms. Feder has been a mentor to underprivileged children, beginning in the Mentor St. Louis program. She is a member of the National Association of Fundraising Professionals and earned her professional certification in 2000. She is CID’s first female executive director.