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

Arthur Stark


Arthur Stark has long been active in Jewish communal affairs at the local, national and international levels.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, following seven years over two tenures as National Chairman of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. He also has served on AIPAC’s National Council, the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey Board, the Board of Trustees of the Rabbinical College of America, and the Board of Trustees of the Kushner Hebrew Academy and High School where his four children were educated prior to university. 

Mr. Stark is well-known to past and present leaders of Israel, senior officers of the IDF and members of the Knesset from all political parties.  He also has developed relationships with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.  

Born in Budapest, Hungary, to Holocaust survivor parents, Mr. Stark’s family escaped from Hungary during the 1956 uprising and emigrated to the U.S.

Mr. Stark recently concluded his forty-year pioneering business career as president of Bed, Bath and Beyond after over forty years. He was instrumental in establishing the home furnishings retailer as an international company with over 1500 stores across the USA, Canada and Mexico.

In addition to his distinguished business career and exemplary service to the community, Mr. Stark takes great pride in his family. He is married to Sylvia who emigrated to the U.S. from Morocco in 1967 and they have four grown children.  His two sons served in the Israel Defense Forces Paratroopers Brigade. 


William C. Daroff


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 146 Jewish Federations and more than 300 independent communities.

Named by The Jerusalem Post as being among the fifty most influential Jews worldwide, and by The Forward newspaper as among the fifty most influential Jews in America, Daroff guides the Jewish community’s advocacy efforts on the Federation movement’s key policy issues.  He 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, having created the Federation movement’s Israel Action Network, and having served on both the steering committee of the Prime Minister of Israel’s global task force and the Conference of Presidents’ working group. 

In addition to his focus on foreign relations, Daroff has also been a leader on domestic policy issues, principally on health and human services, such as Medicare and Medicaid, long-term care, and policies affecting older Americans, including Holocaust Survivors, as well as homeland security programs and strengthening the capacity of charities to care for those in need. 

Daroff is also a social networking pioneer and evangelist.  In April 2016, the JTA news service named him the most influential person on “Jewish Twitter” (Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu followed in the second slot). Follow him at www.Twitter.com/Daroff.

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, OH.  He is an adjunct Professor at George Washington University.

He lives in suburban Washington, DC, with his wife, Heidi Krizer Daroff, and their 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.

Malcolm I. Hoenlein

Malcolm I. Hoenlein

Vice Chairman

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. 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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