Leadership

The leadership of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Dianne Lob

Chair

Dianne Lob serves as Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.  She was elected in April 2020, and served as the Conference’s first Chair-elect from April 2020 to March 2021. 

Lob retired as a Senior Managing Director at AllianceBernstein (AB) at the end of 2020.  AllianceBernstein (AB) is a leading global investment management firm that offers high-quality research and diversified investment services to institutional investors, individuals and private clients in major world markets.  Lob held the position of Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Business and Product Development at AB. She was responsible for sales, new product development and business development strategy for the global equity, fixed income and multi-asset businesses across institutional and retail distribution channels with approximately $400 billion of assets.  Previously, Lob was President and a Director of the Sanford C. Bernstein Mutual Fund Board, and chair of Bernstein Global Wealth Management’s Private Client Investment Policy Group.  Lob was a founder of AB’s women’s initiatives including an Employee Resource Group dedicated to women’s empowerment and the Women’s Leadership Council.

Prior to joining AB in 1999, she spent 22 years at J.P. Morgan, where she was a Managing Director and investment banker specializing in providing mergers and acquisitions advice and debt and equity financing for large-capitalization industrial companies.

Dianne Lob became a Board Member of HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit protecting refugees, in 2010.  She served as its first female Board Chair from 2016-2019.  In this role, she led the Board through a growth period for the organization amid the largest global refugee crisis since World War II.  During her time as Chair she also led HIAS through the aftermath of the murderous attack on the Pittsburgh Synagogue that housed the Tree of Life, New Light and Dor Hadash congregations.  This mass-shooting was an antisemitic attack motivated by HIAS’ work.

Lob’s Jewish communal involvement is not limited to HIAS; she is also active with UJA-Federation of New York.  Motivated by her passion for Jewish continuity, she worked with UJA’s Synergy committee which used data driven decision-making to define thriving synagogues across the religious spectrum.  She served on UJA’s Community Resources committee which works on broader community issues.  She currently serves on one of UJA-Federation’s committees focused on Israel and providing education and job skills to create economic development for a broad array of diverse populations including the Haredi community, the Israeli Arab Community and those communities in the social and geographical peripheries of Israel.   

A first-generation American and the child of German Jewish refugees, Lob holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tufts University.  She currently resides in New York City.

William C. Daroff

Chief Executive Officer

William Daroff became the Chief Executive Officer of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on February 1, 2020.  In that capacity, he is the senior professional guiding the Conference’s agenda on behalf of the 53 national member organizations, which represent the wide mosaic of American Jewish life.

Previously, he was the Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office of The Jewish Federations of North America, where for 15 years he was the chief lobbyist and principal spokesperson on public policy and international affairs for the 146 Jewish Federations and more than 300 independent communities represented by JFNA, and ensured that the voice of Jewish Federations is a prominent force in the Nation's Capital.

Named by The Jerusalem Post as being among the fifty most influential Jews worldwide, The Forward newspaper as one of the fifty most influential Jews in America, and The Algemeiner as among the top 100 individuals positively influencing Jewish life, Daroff is a key player in foreign policy circles – advising policymakers and elected officials on Jewish communal concerns, namely those related to the US-Israel relationship, the Middle East conflict, and efforts to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.  He is also a leader in the worldwide fight to combat the assault on Israel’s legitimacy.

Daroff testified before committees in both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.  He is widely quoted in leading news outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The International Herald-Tribune, Slate, The Jerusalem Post, Ha’aretz, JTA, The Forward, Politico, CBS News, Jewish Insider, and newspapers around the world.

He served both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations as a presidential appointee in the U.S. Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, which is charged with the oversight of the protection of properties in Europe associated with the heritage of U.S. citizens, including Jewish cemeteries, synagogues, and memorials.

Daroff is also a social networking pioneer and evangelist.  In 2016, the JTA News Service named him the most influential person on “Jewish Twitter” in the world (Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu followed in the second slot.)  In 2020, JNS included him in its list of the top forty global advocates for Israel online.  Follow him at www.Twitter.com/Daroff.

Daroff’s political involvement began when he was seven years old.  Since that time he has worked or volunteered on over 100 campaigns at the local, state, congressional, and presidential levels.  He has worked on three presidential campaign staffs, as well as managing campaigns for the United States House of Representatives and for State Treasurer of Ohio.

Earlier in his career, he served as a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Energy, as Special Assistant to Ohio Governor George Voinovich, and as Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Liquor Control.  As an attorney, Daroff focused on “public law” – counseling corporations on their interactions with government and counseling governments on their legal needs. He was Deputy Executive Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition during President George W. Bush’s first term.

Daroff is a judge of the National Jewish Book Awards and for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, and is a member of the Board of the Jewish Book Council.  He is also on the selection committee for Nefesh B’Nefesh’s Bonei Zion award, which is presented annually to immigrants to Israel whose contributions to Israel society “encapsulate the spirit of modern-day Zionism.”  He served as a member of the Board of the World Council of Jewish Communal Service as well as an officer of JPRO (formerly Jewish Communal Service Association of North America).  Daroff was also in leadership positions with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish Community Federation of Greater Cleveland, and the Cleveland Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.  He was also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Herzylia Conference and the International Board of Governors of the March of the Living.  In 2017, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs honored him with its Tikkun Olam Award and in 2014 the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington selected him for its Distinguished Service Award.

Daroff received his Bachelor’s Degree (summa cum laude) in Political Science & History, Master’s Degree in Political Science, and Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.  He is an adjunct Professor at George Washington University.

He and his wife, Heidi Krizer Daroff are the proud parents of two children.  The couple met in Krakow, Poland, while studying at Jagiellonian University, from which they both received certificates in the history of Eastern European Jewry and the Holocaust.

On Twitter: www.twitter.com/daroff

Malcolm I. Hoenlein

Malcolm I. Hoenlein

Vice Chair

In June 1986, Malcolm Hoenlein was elected Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the coordinating body on international and national concerns for 52 national Jewish organizations. He was succeeded by William Daroff on February 1, 2020, becoming Vice Chair. Previously, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York, the central coordinating agency for Jewish organizations in the metropolitan New York area. Prior to that, he was the founding Executive Director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry.

Malcolm Hoenlein received his B.A. in Political Science from Temple University and completed his Masters degree and doctoral course work from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of International Relations. A National Defense Fellow in the University’s Near East Center, Mr. Hoenlein taught International Relations in the Political Science Department and served as a Middle East specialist at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. In addition, he served on the editorial staff of ORBIS, the Journal of International Affairs.

Mr. Hoenlein has traveled throughout the world meeting with world leaders and Jewish communities. He has written and lectured across the US and abroad on international relations, Israel and Middle East affairs, Soviet and World Jewry, terrorism, the American Jewish community, and intergroup relations. 

Mr. Hoenlein serves as an advisor to many public officials and is frequently consulted on public policy issues. He appears regularly in the media.

Mr. Hoenlein has been the recipient of many awards and tributes.  Among recent honors, he was conferred a Doctorate of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) by Yeshiva University and a Doctorate of Laws (Honoris Causa) from Touro College and was honored by, among others, State of Israel Bonds for his “valiant and extraordinary service to Israel and the Jewish people,” the Private Sector Initiative Award from President Ronald Reagan, American ORT honored him with a special “Man of the Millennium” Tribute, the first Quittman Award for Jewish Professional Excellence, the Defender of Jerusalem Award, Millender Fellow at Brandeis University, Fellow of the Jerusalem College of Technology, the Jack D. Weiler Award for Jewish Communal Service, and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations National Service Award. Mr. Hoenlein played a key role in organizing the massive National Solidarity Rally for Israel in Washington, DC.

The Mayor of Jerusalem announced in 2007 that the City Council had designated Mr. Hoenlein recipient of the city’s highest tribute, the “Neeman Yerushalayim” (Trustee of Jerusalem) award. Mr. Hoenlein was appointed by three Presidents as a U.S. delegate to the Organization for Security and Conference in Europe, most recently in June 2007. He also served on the New York State Ethical Standards Board.

Mr. Hoenlein is associated with and serves on the boards of many communal, educational and civic organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations. He is Chairman of America’s Voices in Israel and Co-Chair of the Secure Community Network. He serves on the Boards of Directors or Advisory Boards of several companies.

Carolyn Greene

Carolyn Greene

Deputy Director / COO

Carolyn Greene is the Deputy Director/COO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, having served the organization in various leadership roles for over 30 years. Carolyn is responsible for the operations of the Conference, various aspects of policy-making, program planning, communications, administration, and capacity building for new projects. She also directs the Conference’s annual Leadership Mission, which brings organizational leaders to Israel, Europe, Eurasia, and Africa for meetings with top governmental and military officials and local Jewish community leaders.  Carolyn represents the Conference of Presidents on the Executive Committee of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues, has served on the Executive Committee of the Israel on Campus Coalition and chaired the Advisory Committee of Israel Campus Beat.

Prior to joining the Conference of Presidents, Carolyn served as Director of Operations for Eshed International, facilitating joint ventures in manufacturing, marketing, and research and development for United States, Israeli and South American partnerships, as Director of Programming and Operations for the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry. Carolyn received her B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, and is a former officer member of the Board of Trustees of Congregation Ansche Chesed. 

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