Ruth Laibson is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, from which she received B.S. and M.S. degrees. From 1960 to 1990 she was a professional pianist and teacher of the piano, with a national career which included performances and a recording with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein.
Ruth had a second career as a community educator, serving as executive director of the Interfaith Council on the Holocaust of Greater Philadelphia from 1987 to 1996. In a volunteer capacity, she was president of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia from 1996 to 1998. She has also served on the boards of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the American Jewish Congress, Pennsylvania Region, the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education, and the Interfaith Center of Philadelphia, and as chairperson of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition.
Ruth is a member of the New Israel Fund Regional Council. She has been active on the board of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger since 2002, and currently serves as a vice-chair.