Eva Haller

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Eva Haller
Eva Haller on May 3, 2013.jpg
Haller on May 3, 2013
Born (1930-05-09) May 9, 1930 (age 88)
Alma materThe New School For Social Research (B.A., Social Research)
Hunter College (MSW., Social Work)
Theodor Reik Clinic for Psychotherapy
Notable work
Board Chair, Free the Children,[1]
Trustee, UCSB
Founder & President, Campaign Communications Institute
Spouse(s)Dr. Yoel Haller (1987-present)[2]

Eva Haller (born May 9, 1930) is a Hungarian-American philanthropist, activist, executive and Board Member. Notable positions include Board Chair of Free the Children,[1] Trustee of the University of California, Santa Barbara, co-founder and President of the Campaign Communications Institute of America, Visiting Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University and the 2014 Magnusson Fellow.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Haller was born on May 9, 1930 in Budapest, Hungary.

In 1942, she joined her older brother underground in the Hungarian resistance. Haller’s first activism experience was creating anti-Hitler leaflets. When German forces occupied her city, her parents feared for her safety, and brought her to the Scottish Mission to be hidden among the students, she was 14 at the time. Along with her was a family friend’s 10-year-old son whom they told her to watch and keep safe. When it was discovered that the Institute was hiding Jewish students, German soldiers raided it. During the raid, Eva managed to convince a Nazi officer that she was too young and too beautiful to die and to let her escape, and she also negotiated the life of a 10-year-old who’s care she was entrusted. Eva remained in hiding throughout World War II; but her brother, John, was killed crossing the Yugoslavian border to join Tito’s forces months just before Hungary was liberated.[3][5] Haller hid in Jane Haining's mission during the German occupation of Hungary. In 2014, Haller visited a church where Haining is honored in Glasgow to pay tribute.[6]

Eva later moved to New York, where she cleaned houses and concurrently earned a master's degree in social work from Hunter College. In 1965, she joined Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Selma march.

Along with her late husband, Murray Roman, Eva co-founded the Campaign Communications Institute of America, a marketing and research company that revolutionized the use of telemarketing in political campaigns. In 1968 Murray and Eva Roman set off to volunteer with UNICEF in Southeast Asia for close to a year. The couple returned to the United States with a renewed commitment to social issues. She and her husband re-opened their business, which became one of the first to advocate for women’s rights. With help from the proceeds of their successful business, they continued the pursuit of their philanthropy.[7]

Yoel Haller[edit]

After Murray Roman’s death in 1984, Haller met Dr. Yoel Haller, a physician who shared her dedication for social innovation and activism. Dr. Haller, a San Francisco-based OB/GYN, was the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood San Francisco-Alameda Counties. He was also a clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the University of California, San Francisco Medical School. They married in 1987, and now mentor many worldwide causes.[7]


With her late husband, Murray Roman, Haller co-founded the Campaign Communications Institute of America, a communications and research company specializing in political campaigns. They brought telemarketing to politics, and integrated its outreach to the Fortune 100 companies.[8][9]

Recognition and awards[edit]


  • Free the Children (1998)
  • Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution (2004)
  • Do Your Giving While You Are Living (2008)


  1. ^ a b Board of Directors - Free The Children
  2. ^ Eva and Yoel Haller, Conspiring to Change the World, One Cause at a Time | Marcia Meier | Article/Story/Poem/Essay | Red Room
  3. ^ a b Smith, Jacquelyn (May 9, 2013). "Philanthropist Eva Haller, 83, Receives Inaugural Mentoring Award At Women's Summit". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
  4. ^ Magnusson Fellowship: Professor Eva Haller talks to Dr Sally Magnusson | Sally Magnusson | Article/Story/Poem/Essay | GCU
  5. ^ Holly Palance: A Force of Nature Faces Cancer
  6. ^ Leadbetter, Russell. "Seventy years on, a survivor hails the Scot who saved hundreds of Jews from Auschwitz". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  7. ^ a b Meier, Marcia. "Eva and Yoel Haller, Conspiring to Change the World, One Cause at a Time". Red Room Magazine. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
  8. ^ Murray Roman, Head Of Marketing Concern - NYTimes.com
  9. ^ http://digitalcollections.library.cmu.edu/awweb/awarchive?type=file&item=689055
  10. ^ https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/15279-ban-ki-moon-and-women-in-power-define-empowerment-with-their-renewed-pledge-to-help-a-woman-rise
  11. ^ https://myhero.com/EVA_HALLER_WINS_2016_WTM_AWARD
  12. ^ http://www.thewsie.org/story
  13. ^ http://www.princescharities.ca/governance/
  14. ^ http://www.gcu.ac.uk/newsroom/news/article/index.php?id=73077
  15. ^ http://www.gcu.ac.uk/newsroom/news/article/index.php?id=73077
  16. ^ http://www.gcu.ac.uk/newsroom/news/article/index.php?id=73077
  17. ^ Philanthropist Eva Haller, 83, Receives Inaugural Mentoring Award At Women's Summit - Forbes
  18. ^ Forbes Award For Excellence In Mentoring: Forbes Women's Summit - YouTube
  19. ^ https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151949873533850.1073741826.5861903849&type=1
  20. ^ News & Events | Glasgow Caledonian University | Scotland, UK
  21. ^ Rubin Museum of Art: Board of Trustees
  22. ^ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century | Women's eNews

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