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LVCF’s Erika Riddle Petrozelli Named to Lehigh Business’s “Forty under 40” for 2019

Erika Riddle Petrozell, CPAAllentown, Pa., February 14, 2019—Lehigh Valley Business today named Erika Riddle Petrozelli, director of donor services at the Community Foundation, as one of the 40 young professionals from the greater Lehigh Valley selected as a “Forty Under 40” honoree for 2019.

Riddle Petrozelli joined the staff of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation in 2014.  As the director of donor services, she focuses on maintaining and expanding philanthropic relationships of the Foundation. A Certified Public Accountant, she provides professional knowledge and advice about charitable giving to a wide range of Lehigh Valley residents, from individuals and families to their trusted advisors and local businesses. 

“We as so proud that Erika was selected for this honor,” noted Bernie Story, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “It is a well-deserved recognition for her leadership and the work that she does to improve the lives of people in the Lehigh Valley by promoting philanthropy and being involved the community.”

“Her ability to build meaningful personal relationships with donors while sharing valuable community knowledge has led to the establishment of significant new charitable funds at the Community Foundation,” Story continued. “This growth includes a $2.5 million corporate donor-advised fund, a $5 million partnership with a private foundation, and 78 other new charitable funds during her time with the Foundation.  Through these new charitable funds, the Community Foundation provides more support to important issues in our community,”

Prior to joining the Foundation, Riddle Petrozelli was vice president of investor relations at Magnitude Capital, LLC, a fund of hedge funds based in New York City.  In this role, from 2008-2013, she was responsible for client service and content management for the firm's global investor base, including during a time of extreme turbulence in the hedge fund sector and in the financial markets as a whole.  Prior to joining Magnitude, Riddle Petrozelli was a senior audit associate in the Banking and Capital Markets sector at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York City.

This past year, Riddle Petrozelli was invited to join the 2018-19 Rider-Pool Foundation Collective Impact Fellowship, and intensive, nine-month Fellowship program that trains and equips non-profit leaders to address complex community needs and develop stronger cross-sector partnerships. A member of the Leadership Lehigh Valley class of 2016, Riddle Petrozelli is involved in a number of community organizations. She is a member of the Board of Managers of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem where she sits on the Finance Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the Bach Choir’s budget, endowment spending, and endowment investment.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley. Riddle Petrozelli is also a member of the Junior League in the Lehigh and currently is chair of the JLLV’s New Member Committee, which is responsible for recruiting and training new volunteers.

A Bethlehem native, she graduated from Lehigh University with a major in Accounting.  She was awarded the President’s Scholarship and went on to earn her Masters in Accounting and Information Analysis.

About Forty under 40

Each of the honorees was selected for his or her commitment to business growth, professional excellence and the community. An independent panel of judges reviewed the nominees and gave them scores based on their achievements.

Chosen for their contributions to their companies, industries and communities, honorees will be recognized at the seventh annual Forty Under 40 awards reception and ceremony on Thursday, April 11, at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Longswamp Township, near Macungie.

The event is sponsored by DeSales University’s ACCESS and Master of Business Administration programs. For more information and to obtain tickets for the event, click here.

To see the entire list of Forty under 40 at the LVB website.


Erika Riddle Petrozelli, CPA Lehigh Valley Community Foundation