October 24, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council:
Elisa Spungen Bildner was CEO of FreshPro, a fresh-cut produce processing company, from 1996 to 2007. Earlier in her career, she was a professor of journalism at Rutgers University and New York University. She also taught media law at Seton Hall University Law School and was a reporter-editor at the Star Ledger in Newark, New Jersey. Previously, she practiced law at Proskauer Rose LLP and Lowenstein Sandler PC. She is a past president of JTA, an international wire service; a founder and board member of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University; co-chair of the board of trustees and co-founder of the Foundation for Jewish Camp; and a board member and past chair of the Jewish Funders Network. Ms. Spungen Bildner received a BA in political science from Yale University and a JD from the Columbia University School of Law.
John Farahi is CEO and co-chairman of the board of Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc., a position he has held since 1993. He is also a partner in the Farahi Investment Company. He is a member of the AIPAC National Council and is the founder of the Farahi Jewish Day School in Reno, Nevada. He has served on the Nevada Commission on Tourism, the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, and the V&T Railroad Development Committee and as a trustee on the Washoe County Airport Authority. Mr. Farahi received a BA in political science from the California State University, Hayward.
Dana M. Perlman founded the law firm Perlman & Associates in 1999. He currently serves as vice president of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission and is co-chair of the LGBT Leadership Council of the Democratic National Committee. He previously served as a member of the board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign, the Los Angeles Board of Transportation Commissioners, the board of directors of the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, and the Los Angeles County Commission on Youth. Mr. Perlman received a BA in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a JD from the University of Southern California.