Saturday, November 8, 2014

White House aide Jonathan Greenblatt to succeed Abe Foxman as ADL chief

Jonathan Greenblatt, right, will succeed Abraham Foxman, left, as national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

NEW YORK (JTA) – The Anti-Defamation League’s new national director will be social entrepreneur Jonathan Greenblatt — a special assistant to President Obama who earlier in his career co-founded the bottled water brand Ethos.
Greenblatt, 43, will succeed Abraham Foxman, who announced in February that he would be stepping down effective July 2015. Foxman, 74, has been the ADL’s national director since 1987.
The news was first reported by JTA on Thursday and followed shortly afterward by a formal announcement at the ADL’s annual meeting in Los Angeles.
The ADL said the unanimous selection of Greenblatt by the 16-member succession committee was the culmination of a two-year nationwide search led by the Atlanta-based executive search firm BoardWalk Consulting. The firm reviewed hundreds of prospective candidates from the fields of business, law, academic and nonprofit management, according to an ADL news release.
Greenblatt, a grandson of a Holocaust survivor who escaped Nazi Germany but lost nearly all his family in the war,  interned for the ADL while in college at Tufts University and later participated in an ADL professional leadership program.
His wife, Marjan Keypour Greenblatt, an Iranian-American Jewish immigrant, worked as an associate director at ADL’s Los Angeles office for about eight years. Until last December, she was acting director of the Israel on Campus Coalition. She went on to co-found the new nonprofit Alliance for Rights of All Minorities, which promotes women’s and minority rights in Iran, and serves as its director.
“Marjan herself escaped from her native Iran after the Islamic Revolution when this ancient country that once championed tolerance instead forged a political ideology in the toxin of anti-Semitism,” Greenblatt said Thursday in a speech delivered after the announcement, according to a transcript of remarks provided by the ADL. “Like my grandfather decades earlier, my wife had to flee the land of her birth and came to this country with the help of HIAS as a political refugee because of her Jewish identity. And so our lives and those of our children are shaped by this pernicious force, this longest hatred.”
At the White House, Greenblatt serves as director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Domestic Policy Council, where his portfolio includes national service, civic engagement, impact investing and social enterprise.
A veteran of the Clinton administration, Greenblatt has been a serial social entrepreneur. Ethos, the bottled water company he and a business school classmate launched in 2003, donated a portion of its profits to finance water programs in developing countries. After Starbucks bought the company, Greenblatt continued to promote clean-water funding in the developing world as the coffee company’s vice president of global consumer products. He went on to serve on the board of the nonprofit, which was co-founded by the actor Matt Damon.
Greenblatt also started an open-source platform for volunteers called All for Good, served as CEO of the media company GOOD Worldwide and founded the Impact Economy Initiative at The Aspen Institute. He has a master’s degree in business from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
In the Jewish world, Greenblatt has served on the board of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, and he was one of the judges in the 2011 “Next Big Jewish Idea” contest of the Los Angeles Jewish federation.
“I have enjoyed a varied career that has spanned business, nonprofit and public service, but the common thread linking these experiences has been a commitment to tikkun olam, to repair the world, whether by building businesses, creating products, driving policy or forging partnerships,” Greenblatt said in his speech Thursday.
As ADL succession committee members winnowed down their top candidate choices from 25 to 15 to eight and then to three, Barry Curtiss-Lusher, the chairman of the committee and ADL’s national chairman, said he realized that while “a number of people could be great leaders of the ADL, Jonathan Greenblatt was the best choice.”
Curtiss-Lusher also told JTA that while Greenblatt has not been a Jewish communal professional, he is a committed Jew who maintains a kosher household and is an active member of his Conservative shul.
Foxman will formally hand over the reins to Greenblatt on July 20.
Foxman has been a singular leader for the organization. A child survivor of the Holocaust, he started at the ADL in 1965. Under his leadership, ADL expanded its reach with 30 regional offices across the United States and an office in Israel. In 2011, the last year for which data is available, the ADL reported nearly $54 million in revenue.
But Foxman’s role transcends that of leader of an organization that monitors anti-Semitic activity, offers discrimination-sensitivity training and runs anti-bigotry programs, including for law enforcement. He has become the leading global arbiter for what constitutes anti-Semitism, the go-to person for apologies and exculpation when public figures make anti-Semitic gaffes or missteps, and a favorite hated figure of anti-Semites worldwide. He also has been a staunch advocate for Israel.
“I’m confident that ADL will continue to thrive and grow under Jonathan’s leadership,” Foxman said in a statement. “I look forward to working with him to ensure a successful and smooth transition.”
Greenblatt said he is deeply honored to have been chosen for the post.
“The threats that face our community today – including the expanding specter of global anti-Semitism, the continued legitimization of anti-Zionism, and the spreading infection of cyber-hate, are serious and sinister,” Greenblatt said Thursday. “Fighting this scourge and advocating for the rights of all is not just an intellectual pursuit – it’s personal for me, a deeply held value, one that has been seared into my soul.”


  1. I see the new director is the grandson of a "Holocaust survivor". I am crying 6 million tears.

  2. Out with the old Jew, in with the new Jew. Current ADL director Abe Foxman has held the position of Top Jew since 1987, so Satan has decreed that it is time for some new blood. Yes...perhaps it is time for some new Jew blood...

  3. Early last week Kenyan-born U.S. "President" Barack H. Ebola-bama nominated Loretta E. Lynch to be the successor to outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric "Fast and Furious" Holder, the scandal-ridden Top Cop nominated by Ebola-bama during his first term in office in 2008. The nomination of the mulatto Holder was subsequently confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Holder is a long-time Democrat Party operative whose resume harkens back to the administrations of Bill "Slick Willy" Clinton, the panty-peeper extraordinaire whose favorite line with the ladies was: Nice legs. What time do they open? While working for Clinton as a U.S. Attorney, Holder was instrumental in securing the last minute pardon of the Jewish billionaire-swindler Marc Rich who was convicted in a federal court of bilking naïve investors of over $400 billion. The time-honored mantra of the criminal justice system in America is "Money talks, thus rich men walk"...while the hungry poor man goes to jail for stealing a sandwich. Holder was Ebola-bama's attorney general when, in the hotly contested election of 2008, he refused to prosecute a motley crew of Black Panthers who, brandishing truncheons, sought to intimidate white voters from voting at various polling places in Philadelphia, Penn. But then, Holder, like his boss, a whitey-hating black racist, thus no action was taken against the Top Cop of America whose job is to protect the rights of all Americans, not just those of violent criminal blacks. But much worse malfeasance in high office was yet to come. Months later, Holder initiated and presided over "Operation Fast and Furious," a cynical, ill-conceived and ultimately deadly program that strong-armed American gun dealers into selling high-powered military-style weapons to Mexican drug lords and murderous gang members. This operation was conducted with the full knowledge and cooperation of American law enforcement officials at every level of American government...municipal, state and federal. Had a private American citizen done this he or she would now be serving a life sentence in federal prison. But then, rank has its privileges in this country that boasts to the world the canard that all American citizens are equal. As a direct and deadly result of Holder's order to provide Mexican and other south of the border criminals with American government provided military materiel, a young Border Control agent named Brian Terry was murdered by Latino criminals with a weapon provided to them by the Top Cop of America...Eric Holder. It is a bitter irony that the deadliest threat to the life of an American citizen...a law enforcement officer at that...comes from a high-ranking agent of his own government...

  4. The once secret but now well known ( among informed Americans ) purpose of Eric Holder's and his boss, Ebola-bama's "donation" of high-powered firearms to south of the border criminals was to give a "shot in the arm" ( pun intended ) to the gun-grabbing American liberals' long-standing and ardent quest for the disarming of the American population. This ill-conceived and cynical effort backfired on them, though, with deadly consequences. An innocent Border Control agent lost his life because of it. Brian Terry is dead because of Holder and Ebola-bama, and the loved ones he left behind mourn his loss. But Holder and Ebola-bama don't care. It was not they or their loved ones who died. The mulatto racist Holder will soon be out of office. But is his successor, Loretta E. Lynch...any better?? The mulatto racist Ebola-bama nominated her for the position of the Top Cop of will she be any better than Holder? Not likely, for "birds of a feather flock together." Time may prove that Lynch is a more strident racist than her predecessor...

  5. The wise Founding Fathers of America never intended for negroes to hold any political office of power. In fact, they never intended that negroes even be allowed to vote. But the evil, nation-wrecking machinations of the Luciferian Jews who have infested this once great nation like ravenous, gnawing rats have done their usual destructive deeds and, alas...little short of armed revolution can change this foul fact...