Clinton Administration & AIPAC Veteran Josh Block Named Chief Executive Officer & President of The Israel Project

Clinton Administration & AIPAC Veteran Josh Block Named Chief Executive Officer & President of The Israel Project

Non-partisan educational organization provides facts, analysis about Israel, the U.S.-Israel relationship and Middle East policy to the media, policy makers and public

Washington DC—August 23, 2012— The Israel Project (TIP) announced today that Josh Block will become its next CEO and President. Block, 39, will report to the Board of Directors, chaired by Lennert J. Leader, and will start his new role in September.

TIP is an American non-profit, nonpartisan educational organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., with an office in Jerusalem, Israel.

“The Israel Project is thrilled to have found its next CEO and President. Josh is a gifted leader with strong credentials whose record of pro-Israel advocacy in many different arenas will provide TIP with exactly what it needs,” said Mr. Leader. “Josh’s skills and his background — in policy and strategic communications, government, and the non-profit world — make him the right person to lead the organization to even greater success,” he said.

“The Israel Project is a global leader in providing facts, unique research and policy insight to the media, policy makers, diplomats, and the general public, on issues vital to the U.S.-Israel relationship, Middle East policy and Israel’s place in the world,” said Mr. Block. “I am excited to be joining TIP at a moment of great consequence for Israel, the Middle East and for America, globally and in the region.”

“I congratulate The Israel Project on selecting a true leader and trusted policy thinker, Josh Block, as its new CEO and president,” said Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ), a member of the organization’s bipartisan Board of Advisors. “Josh is among the most respected voices in the pro-Israel community and a real fighter on issues vital to all Americans who care about a strong and secure Jewish State of Israel. I wish TIP well under its new leadership and in its work to strengthen the US-Israel relationship."

Joining Rep. Rothman in welcoming the announcement was Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL.), a fellow member of TIP’s Board of Advisors. “I congratulate The Israel Project on selecting a new CEO and president to lead this important organization into the months and years ahead," said Senator Kirk. “Our work together to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship and prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability has never been more important.”

Since leaving the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, where for nearly a decade he was the spokesman and director of strategic communications, Block has been a Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank, and started his own consulting firm. Prior to joining AIPAC, Block worked in Democratic politics and, during the Clinton Administration, served as a spokesman for the State Department’s U.S. Agency for International Development.

“Josh Block is a terrific hire for The Israel Project. TIP, as well as the pro-Israel community, will benefit greatly from his unique ability to shape the debate and educate both policymakers and the public about Israel and the Middle East,” said AIPAC President Michael Kassen.

Founded by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Margo Volftsun and Sheryl Schwartz in 2003, The Israel Project has grown to become a global pioneer in its efforts to inform the public, media and policy dialogue on critical issues affecting the Jewish State, including Israel’s quest for peace, the importance of the US-Israel alliance, and challenges facing Israel and America’s national security interests.

About the Israel Project:

The Israel Project (TIP) is a one-stop source for detailed and accurate information about Israel and the Middle East. It is a non-profit, independent, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with an office in Jerusalem. Its multinational team collectively has decades of experience in media, government, policy institutes, research, academia and the military.

Board of Directors: Lennert J. Leader, Chairman; Arlene Bearman, Ph.D., Chair-Emerita; Michael C. Gelman, Chair-Emeritus; Sheryl J. Schwartz ,Vice President; Margo Volftsun, Secretary; Harry Ploss, Treasurer; Shmuel Bendror, Chair, Israel Amuta Council; Alan Dana, Executive Committee; Sheldon Bearman, M.D.; Robert O. Copeland; Mark Charendoff; Andrew J. Groveman; Seth A. Klarman; Joseph Korff; Randall J. Levitt; Michael Lowenstein; Richard C. Perry; Ronald R. Sklare; Yechiam Yemini

About Josh Block:

Josh Block is a communications, foreign policy and political strategist who has been involved in national politics and policy for nearly twenty years. A former Clinton Administration appointee and spokesman at the State Department’s U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Block got his start on Capitol Hill in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He also worked in Democratic politics, including as a spokesman for the Clinton/Gore and Gore/Lieberman campaigns, the 1996 Presidential Inaugural Committee, and the Ohio Democratic Party. Block also worked on House and Senate campaigns, including Senator Charles E. Schumer’s (D-NY) first race for the U.S. Senate in 1998. Departing AIPAC in October 2010, after nine years as a member of the organization’s senior staff, Block was appointed as a Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington, and established his consulting firm in November 2011. A third-generation Californian, Block is a graduate of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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