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Tom A. Bernstein appointed United States Holocaust Museum Chairman

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama appointed Tom A. Bernstein as Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and named Joshua Bolten as Vice Chairman. Bernstein is the President and Co-Founder of Chelsea Piers in New York City. Bolten is a Visiting Professor at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and served in the White House under President George W. Bush, most recently as Chief of Staff.

They will be joined by seven new appointments made by the President to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the governing board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The new appointees are: Matthew Adler, Katharine Dukakis, Judge Karen Chaya Friedman, Mark Goodman, Ronald Ratner, Kirk Rudy, and Menachem Rosensaft. Both Bernstein and Bolten are current members of the Council. Outgoing Chairman Fred Zeidman and Vice Chairman Joel Geiderman will remain on the Council.

“At this pivotal moment when we are witnessing an alarming resurgence of Holocaust denial and antisemitism as well as the continuing threat of genocide—just as we are losing the survivor generation—the Museum’s mission takes on even greater urgency,” said Bernstein. “I am deeply grateful to President Obama for this opportunity, which is both a great privilege and a tremendous responsibility. Josh Bolten and I look forward to working closely with our predecessors, including Fred and Joel, and Elie Wiesel, along with the survivors, the Council, Museum supporters, and the staff to continue to advance the cause of remembrance and education around the world.”

Outgoing Chairman Fred Zeidman said, “The eight years I led the Museum’s Council were the most rewarding in my personal and professional life. I remain deeply committed to the Museum and having closely worked with Tom and Josh as Chairman, I know they will continue to safeguard the precious legacy of the survivors and ensure the Museum remains a vital global institution. I look forward to doing whatever I can to support them in the important years ahead.”

The Council consists of 55 Presidential appointees in addition to 10 Congressional representatives and three ex-officio members from the departments of State, Interior and Education. Presidential appointees serve for five-year terms. The seven new appointees will serve the remainder of terms expiring on January 15, 2015.

“Tom Bernstein and Josh Bolten are ideal leaders for the Museum,” said Museum Director Sara Bloomfield. “Their record of leadership and dedication will be crucial as the Museum works aggressively to ensure the continued relevance of the Holocaust well into the 21st century.”

United States Holocaust Memorial Council Appointees:

Tom A. Bernstein, Chairman
Tom A. Bernstein is President and Co-Founder of Chelsea Piers, L.P., formed in 1992, to develop and operate the Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex along Manhattan’s Hudson River. In addition, Mr. Bernstein was one of the two principals of Silver Screen Management, Inc., and the affiliated Silver Screen companies, which from 1983 to 1998 financed 75 films with the Walt Disney Company. Mr. Bernstein was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council in 2002, and he now serves on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Committee on Conscience. For many years, Mr. Bernstein has been a Board member of Human Rights First, where he now serves as Vice-Chair. In January 2010, Mr. Bernstein was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fund for Cities of Service, formed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mr. Bernstein also serves as Chair of the Partnership for Public Service and is a member of the Yale University Council and the Board and Executive Committee of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA.

Joshua Bolten, Vice Chairman
Joshua Bolten is a Visiting Professor at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He served in the White House under President George W. Bush as Chief of Staff from 2006 to 2009, Director of the Office of Management and Budget from 2003 until 2006, and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2001 to 2003. His nearly 20 years in government service also includes positions at the Office of the US Trade Representative, the US Senate Finance Committee, and the US State Department. In the private sector, he worked at Goldman Sachs International in London, and O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, DC. In addition to serving on the US Holocaust Memorial Council since 2009, he is a member of the board of the ONE Campaign, which is dedicated to combating extreme poverty and disease, and is co-chair of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

Matthew Adler
Matthew Adler is the Chief Investment Officer of Adler Group and President of Adler Realty Services where he oversees fund management and acquisitions for the commercial real estate company founded by his grandfather. In addition, Mr. Adler is on the Board of Directors of Miami-based Union Credit Bank. Prior to joining Adler Group, he spent two years as a financial analyst for New York-based Insignia Financial Group, Inc. Mr. Adler serves on numerous community-based organizations including: immediate past chairman of the Network and member of the board of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, member of the Jewish Federations of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet, vice chairman of Mount Sinai Medical Center Foundation’s Young Founders Board, trustee member of Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and member of the Miami Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization.

Katharine Dukakis
Katharine Dukakis is an author, social worker, and advocate for human rights worldwide. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Refugee Policy Group and Refugees International, and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the President’s Commission on the Holocaust. Mrs. Dukakis went on to become a founding member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and now serves as a member of its Committee on Conscience. She is also a member of the advisory board of Mapendo International, a humanitarian organization that rescues and protects at risk refugees in Africa, and the board of the New England Center for Children, a school for autistic children in Southborough, MA. In 2007, the Kitty Dukakis Treatment Center for Women at the Lemual Shattuck Hospital was established in honor of her advocacy work on addiction and mental health.

Judge Karen Chaya Friedman
Karen Chaya Friedman is an Associate Judge of The District Court of Maryland in the First District of Baltimore City. Prior to her appointment to the District court, she served for nine years as a Judge on the Baltimore City Orphans' Court. Judge Friedman's civic leadership includes chairing the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel and the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Fund for the Enrichment of Jewish Education, which provides funding for projects that enrich Jewish education in the Greater Baltimore area. She also serves on the Board of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and is the former Chair of CHANA – Counseling, Helpline, and Aid Network for Abused Women. Judge Friedman is the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors.

Mark Goodman
Mark Goodman is the Founder of Terawatt Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in clean energy technologies. His finance and investment career includes positions at First Chicago and Brookline Ventures. As a Teaching Fellow while completing his doctorate in philosophy and later as a Lecturer, Mr. Goodman taught philosophy and liberal arts courses at Boston College and Emerson College. In his doctoral dissertation he explored philosophical and poetic responses to the Holocaust in the works of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas and Jewish poet Paul Celan. He is on the Board of the Boston Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.

Ronald Ratner
Ronald A. Ratner is a member of the Board of Directors for Forest City Enterprises, Inc. and President and CEO of Forest City Residential Group, which manages all of the company’s multifamily housing efforts, including development, ownership, management and financial activities. An active supporter of community and civic organizations, Ratner currently serves on
the boards of The Ohio State University and Brandeis University, and is a director of the National Multi Housing Council. Ratner holds a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and completed the master’s program in architecture at UCLA.

Menachem Rosensaft
Menachem Rosensaft is General Counsel of the World Jewish Congress, Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, and Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at Syracuse University College of Law. Born in the Displaced Persons camp of Bergen-Belsen, he is vice president of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants. In June 2009, Mr. Rosensaft served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the International Conference on Holocaust Era Restitution Issues in Prague. He has previously served two terms on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, and chaired its Content Committee, Collections and Acquisitions Committee, and Committee on Governance. Mr. Rosensaft is also a past president of Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan and a former national president of the Labor Zionist Alliance.

Kirk Rudy
Kirk Rudy is a Co-Founder and CEO of Endeavor Real Estate Group. He currently serves on the Austin Area Anti-Defamation League Executive Committee, and was the 2002 President of the Real Estate Council of Austin. Mr. Rudy’s civic engagement has included service on the Board of Directors of the Austin Area Urban League, the Jewish Community Association of Austin, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Austin Economic Development Corporation, and the Long Center. He received the Austin Jewish Community Volunteer Leadership Award in 2002 and 2006, the LBJ Humanitarian Award in 2008, and the 2010 Anti-Defamation League Austin Torch of Liberty Award.

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