May 17, 2004
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM APPOINTS JORDAN TANNENBAUM AS CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has named Jordan E. Tannenbaum as Chief Development Officer. A longtime fundraising executive with a broad range of experience at national organizations in both the academic and nonprofit world, he will be responsible for overseeing all of the Museum’s fundraising activities, including the annual fund, membership, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations and the effort to build a $300 million endowment. He will join the Museum on June 28, 2004.
A public-private partnership, the Museum is a federal institution whose educational and outreach activities are made possible through private donations. With a staff of 450, the Museum has an operating budget of $60 million (more than $20 million is raised annually) and an endowment of approximately $120 million.
“Jordan brings a distinguished record of achievement in fundraising and institutional leadership, and we are delighted he is joining us,” said Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield. “As we enter our second decade, he will play a key role in securing the long-term financial resources we need to expand the reach of our educational programs, which bring the timely lessons of the Holocaust to new audiences across the country.”
For the last five years, Mr. Tannenbaum has served at Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life in Washington, D.C., where he was Vice President for Development. During his tenure, annual fundraising increased from $40 million to $60 million and the total endowment grew from approximately $2 million to $25 million. A lawyer by training, he has also held senior fundraising positions at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, B’nai B’rith International, and Brandeis University.
“In this era of terrorism and resurgent antisemitism, it’s essential that today’s students— tomorrow’s leaders – find meaning in the lessons of the Holocaust,” said Mr. Tannenbaum. “I’m so pleased to join this vitally important national institution to help ensure the Museum can continue to meet to the enormous demand for its programs and preserve the survivors’ legacy for future generations.”
Mr. Tannenbaum is a graduate of Brandeis University and American University’s Washington College of Law. He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve.
Created by a unanimous act of Congress, the Museum is America’s national institution for Holocaust education and remembrance. A public-private partnership, the Museum is a federal institution whose educational activities and outreach are made possible through private donations. More than 250,000 individuals, foundations, and corporations helped build the institution and currently support its programs and operations. Since opening in April 1993, the Museum has welcomed more than 20 million visitors, including nearly 6.5 million children. For more information, visit www.ushmm.org.