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President Obama Appoints Three to U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals as Members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council:

Lee A. Feinstein is Dean of the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, a position he has held since 2014.  Mr. Feinstein was Senior Director at McLarty Associates from 2013 to 2014.  He served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Poland from 2009 to 2012.  Mr. Feinstein was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution from 2008 to 2009.  He was Deputy Director of Studies and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2002 to 2007 and Principal Deputy Director and Member of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State from 1995 to 2001.  Mr. Feinstein served as Special Assistant for Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement Policy at the Department of Defense from 1994 to 1995 and as Assistant Director for Research at the Arms Control Association from 1989 to 1994.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Mr. Feinstein received an A.B. from Vassar College, an M.A. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.  

Priscilla Levine Kersten is President of Square One Foundation and Chair of the University of Chicago Women’s Board, where she has worked since 2007 and 2015, respectively.  Ms. Kersten is a founding member of Impact 100 Chicago and serves on the board of the Chicago Children’s Choir.  She has held board member positions at the Latin School of Chicago, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and the Jewish Women’s Foundation.  Ms. Kersten received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. 

Jonathan S. Lavine is Co-Managing Partner of Bain Capital, which he joined in 1993, and Chief Investment Officer of Bain Capital Credit, which he founded in 1997.  Mr. Lavine was a Consultant at McKinsey and Company from 1991 to 1993 and an Analyst at Drexel Burnham Lambert from 1988 to 1990.  He is Chairman of the National Board of Trustees of City Year, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University, and a member of the boards of the Boston Children’s Hospital Trust and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Mr. Lavine is a past recipient of Columbia College’s John Jay Award, Voices for National Service Citizen Service Award, and the New England Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Community Service Award.  Mr. Lavine received a B.A. from Columbia College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. 


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