Fred S. Zeidman was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Chairman of the US Holocaust Memorial Council, the Museum’s governing board, in March 2002. A prominent Houston-based business and civic leader, he is Managing Partner of WoodRock & Company; Chairman, Southwest Region, Anti-Defamation League; Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents, Texas Southern University; Texas State Chairman, Israel Bonds; Vice Chairman, Republican Jewish Coalition; Vice President and Director, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs; and member of the Investment in Discovery Campaign Committee, Baylor College of Medicine. He also serves on the Executive Committees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC); the Houston Jewish Community Foundation; the Texas Inter-Faith Housing Corporation; and the Houston Ear Research Foundation. He has played a leadership role in a number of other organizations, including the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, the American Jewish Committee, the North American Jewish Forum, the Houston Grand Opera, and Washington University. In 2001, AIPAC recognized his efforts with its Southwest Region Distinguished Leadership Award.