Robin Feder


Robin M. Feder, MS, CFRE

In October 2003, the CID board of directors named Robin M. Feder, MS, CFRE executive director of CID - Central Institute for the Deaf.  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 doubled from 2003 to 2013.  Ms. Feder helped initiate and design CID’s annual signature fundraising Ultimate Picnic gala, which has raised more than $3 million in its 16-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 CID.

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. Her mother was a teacher at CID.