Invested in the Jewish FutureChairmen Natan Sharansky and James Tisch share a moment at the Board of Governors meetings in Jerusalem, June 2012.
Natan Sharansky has served as Chairman of the Executive since June 2009. A former Prisoner of Zion, Mr. Sharansky spent nine years in a Soviet prison due to his human rights activism and his desire to make Aliyah. Upon his release in 1986, he immediately traveled to Jerusalem, where he lives to this day. Mr. Sharansky served as Deputy Prime Minister of Israel in several Israeli cabinets and was the founder of the political party Yisra'el B'Aliyah. He is the author of two books, Fear No Evil and The Case for Democracy. Mr. Sharansky was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1986 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006.
James S. Tisch
James S. Tisch is President and Chief Executive Officer of Loews Corporation. He has been with Loews since 1977. Prior to that he was with CNA Financial Corporation. Mr. Tisch is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell University where he majored in economics. He holds an MBA with Distinction from the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Tisch is past Chairman of the Board of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, past Chairman of the Board of United Jewish Communities, past President of UJA-Federation of New York, and a former director on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He has served as Chairman since February 2011.
Alan Hoffmann is Director General of The Jewish Agency. Since he was appointed, Mr. Hoffmann has led the strategic refocusing of the work of The Agency coupled with major reorganization. Prior to that, he was Director General of the Agency's Education Department. Under his leadership, the Agency's Education Department developed such initiatives as Masa Israel Journey and Makom – a think-practice tank focused on re-imagining the place of Israel in Jewish life. After three years of doctoral study at the Harvard School of Education, he spent 13 years at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University, including six years as its Director.
Dr. Misha Galperin
Dr. Misha Galperin is President and CEO of The Jewish Agency International Development. He is the immediate past CEO and Executive Vice President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington – the sixth largest Jewish community in the U.S. Prior to that, he was the COO of UJA Federation of New York. Having obtained his Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from New York University, he spent a long career as a clinical psychologist and executive of social service. He is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage lay leadership program. He has been an Associate Member of The Jewish Agency's Board of Governors since 2004.
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