The United States Holocaust Memorial Council was established by Congress in 1980 to lead the nation in commemorating the Holocaust and to raise private funds for and build the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Once the Museum opened in 1993, the Council became the governing board of trustees of the Museum, an independent establishment of the United States government operating as a public-private partnership that receives some federal funding to support operations of the Museum building.
The Council, which meets twice a year, consists of 55 members appointed by the president, as well as five members each from the Senate and House of Representatives and three ex-officio members from the Departments of Education, Interior, and State. Presidential appointments serve for a five-year term; 11 members’ terms expire each year.
Because of the large size of the Council, its work is done primarily through the committee structure. The Executive Committee, which acts on behalf of the Council in between Council meetings, meets four times a year.
United States Holocaust Memorial Council
As of June 8, 2023
Kevin Abel, Atlanta, GA Michael S. Beals, Wilmington, DE Adam E. Beren, Wichita, KS Tom A. Bernstein, New York, NY Adam S. Boehler, Nashville, TN Joshua B. Bolten, Washington, DC Sonia M. Breslow, Scottsdale, AZ Ted Deutch, Boca Raton, FL Kimberly Marteau Emerson, Beverly Hills, CA Ari Fleischer, Pound Ridge, NY Abraham H. Foxman, Bergenfield, NJ Meryl Frank, Highland Park, NJ Andrew H. Giuliani, New York, NY Michael S. Glassner, Mendham, NJ Judith Gold, Chicago, IL Mark Goldfeder, Atlanta, GA Mendel Goldstein, San Diego, CA Richard A. Grenell, Manhattan Beach, CA Alexander P. Heckler, Miami, FL Danielle Borrin Hertz, Bronx, NY Daniel Huff, Sharon, MA Marsha Z. Laufer, Manalapan, FL Sam Lauter, San Francisco, CA Jonathan S. Lavine, Boston, MA Susan G. Levine, Paradise Valley, AZ Alan D. Listhaus, Allentown, PA Howard M. Lorber, Miami Beach, FL Nicholas F. Luna, Miramar, FL Adele Malpass, Washington, DC Sigal Pearl Mandelker, New York, NY David M. Marchick, Washington, DC Frederick R. Marcus, Atlanta, GA John T. McNabb II, Highlands Ranch, CO Eli Henry Miller, Washington, DC Jeffrey Miller, Austin, TX Max L. Miller, Rocky River, OH Martin Oliner, Lawrence, NY Jeffrey Peck, Annapolis, MD Leah Pisar, New York, NY Jimmy Resnick, Miami Beach, FL Curtis D. Robinson, Plantsville, CT Irvin N. Shapell, Anna Maria, FL Mark A. Siegel, Rehoboth Beach, DE Harry Evans Sloan, Los Angeles, CA Jared Smith, Los Angeles, CA Alan D. Solomont, Weston, MA Susan K. Stern, New York, NY William H. Stern, Columbia, SC Howard D. Unger, Briarcliff Manor, NY Mitchell Webber, Rockville, MD Ronald N. Weiser, Ann Arbor, MI Jay Winik, Chevy Chase, MD Gary P. Zola, Cincinnati, OH
US House of Representatives Appointees
Don Bacon, Nebraska Anthony D’Esposito, New York David Kustoff, Tennessee Dean Phillips, Minnesota Brad Schneider, Illinois
US Senate Appointees
Benjamin L. Cardin, Maryland Jacky Rosen, Nevada Marco Rubio, Florida Bernard Sanders, Vermont Tim Scott, South Carolina
Ex Officio Appointees
US Department of Education: Philip H. Rosenfelt US Department of Interior: Vacant US Department of State: Ellen Germain
Sara J. Bloomfield, Director Gerard Leval, General Counsel Jessica Viggiano, Secretary of the Council
Howard M. Lorber 2017–2022 Tom A. Bernstein 2010–2017 Fred S. Zeidman 2002–2010 Irving Greenberg 2000–2002 Miles Lerman+ 1993–2000 Harvey M. Meyerhoff 1987–1993 Elie Wiesel+ 1980–1986
Former Vice Chairs
Joshua B. Bolten 2010–2015 Joel M. Geiderman 2005–2010 Ruth B. Mandel+ 1993–2005 William J. Lowenberg+ 1986–1993 Mark E. Talisman+ 1980–1986