About the RJC

Mission Statement

We seek to foster and enhance ties between the American Jewish community and Republican decision makers. We work to sensitize Republican leadership in government and the Party to the concerns and issues of the Jewish community, while articulating and advocating Republican ideas and policies within the Jewish community. We are committed to building a strong, effective and respected Jewish Republican voice in Washington and across the country.  


The Republican Jewish Coalition was founded in 1985 and is the unique bridge between the Jewish community and Republican decision-makers.

The Republican Jewish Coalition, based in Washington, D.C., has a growing grassroots presence around the country, with regional offices in New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, and California. The RJC hosts hundreds of local events in our chapters around the country, provides activism and advocacy opportunities for our members, and engages with the larger Jewish community through traditional media, social media, and digital outreach. The RJC has a Young Leadership program and a National Women’s Committee that provide additional opportunities for networking and activism. 

The Republican Jewish Coalition has a highly successful legislative affairs program, ensuring that our issues are heard on Capitol Hill. We lobby and advise leaders from state capitals to the U.S. Capitol.

In addition, the Republican Jewish Coalition Political Action Committee allows us to aggressively engage in political activities across the country and gives us the ability to strongly support, both politically and financially, the candidates who reflect our priorities and principles. 

On every level, the Republican Jewish Coalition is committed to building a strong, effective, and respected Jewish Republican voice in Washington and across the country. Join us today or get in touch through our Contact page.


Statement of Basic Principles

National Security - the first responsibility of government Without national security, every other debate is meaningless. Once freedom and democracy are gone, you have lost your vote - for/against abortion, for/against taxes, for/against healthcare...

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Board of Directors & Leadership


Mr. Altman is a partner in Whiteford Taylor Preston LLP’s Washington, DC office, where he specializes in representing trade associations, foundations, professional membership societies, and other nonprofit organizations, and also heads up the firm’s Political Law Compliance practice group.

Mr. Altman received his J.D. in 1974 from Tulane University, where he was associate editor of the Tulane Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. He is a member of the DC Bar and is authorized to practice before a variety of federal courts and agencies.

Isaac Applbaum is a Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Jerusalem for Public Private Partnerships and a venture capitalist with over 20 years experience in investing in early stage technology companies. He is a Founding General Partner of Opus Capital, an early stage venture fund with over $500mm under management, as well as an Advisor to SecureKey Technologies and to the Westly Group, a leading Clean Energy Venture Fund in Silicon Valley. Prior to Co-Founding Opus Capital, Isaac was a Partner and Managing Director for Israel at Lightspeed Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital firm with over two billion dollars under management.

Mr. Applbaum was the founder and CEO of Concorde Solutions Inc. (CSI) which he sold to Bank of America in 1998, becoming a Senior Vice President of the bank with responsibility for running the E-ventures group and an advisor to the strategic investments group.

Mr. Applbaum remains active in his community, currently serving as President of the Board of the California-Israel Chamber of Commerce. He sits on the Board of Directors of The Western Wall Heritage Foundation. The Koret Israel Economic Development Funds, the Shalem Institute, and the American Action Network. Mr. Applbaum is a member of the Young Presidents Organization.

Wayne Berman is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative investment firm.

Ronald Bloom is an executive at Crown Realty, a leading commercial real estate development company. He is active in California GOP politics.

Matthew Brooks serves as Executive Director of both the Republican Jewish Coalition, an organization dedicated to enhancing ties between the Jewish community and the Republican Party, and the Jewish Policy Center, a think-tank that examines public policy from a Jewish perspective.

Matt began his political career as State Chairman of the Massachusetts College Republicans while still an undergraduate at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. Matt managed the Jack Kemp for President campaign in Massachusetts, as well as directed projects in New Hampshire and New England. Matt became the Political Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition in 1988. Taking a leave of absence from the RJC, Matt served as the National Field Director for Victory ‘88 Jewish Campaign Committee, designing and implementing campaign strategy on behalf of the Bush-Quayle ‘88 campaign. Matt was appointed Executive Director of the RJC in 1990.

Matt was twice selected (in 2006 and 2008) by the Jewish Forward as one of the 50 most influential Jews in America.

In addition to his duties leading the RJC, Matt also serves as the organization’s principal spokesman. In this role Matt has been a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and has been quoted extensively in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and other major newspapers. (Official photo here.)

Matt has a B.A. in Political Science from Brandeis University. He received an MBA at Georgetown University in March 1996.
Matt resides in Virginia with his wife, Deborah, and two children.

Norm Coleman served in the U.S. Senate (R-MN) from 2003-2009 and served as mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota from 1993-1998. He is currently of counsel at the law firm of Hogan Lovells.

Mr. Epstein is a partner in BECO Management LLC, which owns and manages over 7 million square feet of commercial office buildings in the metro Washington DC, metro Baltimore, Md., metro Charlotte, NC and metro Chicago, Ill. He is also President and CEO of Willow Asset Management LLC.

He has served as an appointed member of the Board of Trustees of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, appointed by President George W. Bush; of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) which oversees Dulles International and Reagan National Airports, appointed by Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich; and as a Commissioner on the Maryland Economic Development Commission, appointed by Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich.

His community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC); as Vice-Chairman of the Jewish Policy Center, which advocates conservative political positions and issues to the Jewish community in the United States; as Chairman: National Gaucher Foundation, a non-profit organization which funds research and patient advocacy for Gaucher Disease, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Inst for National Security of America (JINSA) and as General Chairman of the Building Construction and Fundraising Committee of Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, MD and of the Melvin J Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, MD.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Feingold is the Florida Chair of the Republican Jewish Coalition. He is also the Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council of the Republican Party of Florida. Dr. Feingold is dedicated to promoting the goals and mission of the Republican Jewish Coalition and continuing its tradition of leadership to further develop a unified, respected national Jewish Republican voice.

In June 2019, Dr. Feingold received an appointment from President Donald J. Trump to serve a five-year term on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He is also currently serving his second term as a member of the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Board of Trustees, appointed by former Florida Governor Rick Scott, and as an appointed member of the UT Health Science Center Development Board for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).

Dr. Feingold and his wife, Barbara, believe deeply in philanthropy and volunteerism in the Jewish community and beyond. In June 2018, Dr. Feingold, his wife, and entire family personally dedicated The Dr. Jeffrey and Barbara Feingold Family Synagogue and Sefer Torah on The Mishmar Hanegev Base in The Negev, Israel. This significant gift for the Amirim Battalion, the first of its kind on an army base in the Negev, is used on a daily basis and has been meaningful for the soldiers, especially for Shabbat and during the holidays.

Their transformational gifts to FAU and the UTHSCSA School of Dentistry have driven the construction of innovative spaces that enrich higher education opportunities. They have been honored by new facility namings such as The Dr. Jeffrey & Barbara S. Feingold Board of Trustees Room at FAU and The Dr. Jeffrey P. & Barbara S. Feingold Atrium in the UTHSCSA Center for Oral Health Care & Research.

Dr. Feingold is the founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of MCNA Dental, the largest privately held managed dental care insurance company in the country. Based out of corporate offices in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and regional offices in San Antonio, TX, and New Orleans, LA, MCNA Dental provides comprehensive administration of dental benefits for nearly 5 million members enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP programs across the country. MCNA also has extensive experience providing adult benefits to Medicaid, Medicare, Long Term Care, Nursing Home Diversion, and Dual Eligible enrollees through multiple contracts with medical health plans.

Dr. Feingold founded the Dentaland Organization in 1975, which was one of the first private practices in Florida to include multiple comprehensive dental health care facilities offering multi-specialty dental care with a general dental component.

Dr. Feingold received his DDS degree from the New York University College of Dentistry in 1971, immediately after which he completed a prestigious residency at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health. Dr. Feingold received his MSD (Periodontology) and his certificate in Periodontology from the Fairleigh Dickinson University Dental School. He went on to receive the distinct honor of being named a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. His work has been published in the Journal of Periodontology.

He and his wife Barbara, a former member of the Florida State Board of Education, reside in South Florida.

As former White House press secretary, Ari Fleischer was the primary spokesperson for President Bush and delivered the daily White House briefings from 2001 to 2003. He previously served as the senior communications advisor and spokesman for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign. In his almost four years working for George W. Bush, he served as spokesman during the historic presidential recount, September 11, two wars and the anthrax attack. His best selling book, Taking Heat, details his years in the White House and reached #7 on the New York Times best-seller list.

Fleischer spent 21 years in Washington, where he was he press secretary to two Congressmen, one Senator (Pete Domenici, R-NM) and Communications Director for the House Ways and Means Committee under Chairman Bill Archer (R-TX).

He is now a FOX News contributor and he runs a public relations firm that does media training along with helping sports organizations and corporations to handle the press.

Mr. Forman founded Register.com, a public internet technology company. He was formerly in consumer products manufacturing and distribution as well as in private and public investments. A graduate of Wharton School of Business, he is currently active in the development, management, and leasing of commercial properties in the NYC metropolitan area.

He is the founder of MoveBeyondOil.org (non-partisan, geo-strategic, oil independence), a publicly-elected trustee and Commissioner of Finance for the Village of Sands Point, NY, and founder and Commissioner of the Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management, an innovative, public service inter-municipal organization.

He resides in Sands Point/Port Washington, NY with his wife. They have three adult daughters.

Sam Fox, former chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition and retired U.S. ambassador to Belgium, is the founder of Harbour Group, Ltd., a privately-owned company specializing in the acquisition and development of manufacturing companies for long-term investment.

His extensive community and charitable activities include leadership in the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America, Washington University, BJC Hospital, the Fox Family Foundation, Opera Theater of St. Louis, the St. Louis Science Center, the St. Louis Symphony and the St. Louis Zoo.

He served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Naval Reserves. He and his wife Marilyn are the parents of five children.

Steven L. Friedman has been a partner at Duane Morris LLP since 2005. With over 30 years of trial experience, Mr. Friedman’s practice focuses on sophisticated corporate and commercial litigation. He sits on the joint advisory panel of the United States-Israel Science and Technology Commission. He served for over a decade on the National Board and as local chairman of the American Jewish committee. Mr. Friedman is a close friend to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and served as General Counsel to the Likud Party of Israel in the United States from 1988 to 1999. He also serves as a Board member of the College of Judea and Samaria in Ariel, Israel.

Dr. Joel M. Geiderman is the Co-Chair of the Emergency Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In 2000 he received the Jewish Healthcare Foundation’s “Avas Chesed” award. In 2004 he was honored by the Sheba Medical center in Tel Aviv as a “Medical Visionary.” Dr. Geiderman served on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He is an expert on the subject of medical ethics as they relate to the Holocaust.

Sander Gerber is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Hudson Bay Capital Management. Mr. Gerber was awarded JINSA's 2017 Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson Distinguished Service Award for championing the Taylor Force Act. He is a fellow at the Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs, distinguished fellow at JINSA Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy, a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the New York Economic Club

Previously, Mr. Gerber served as a member of the AIPAC National Board of Directors from 2004 to 2016, and as the Vice Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from 2008 until 2016.

Mr. Gerber graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania, with a BSE in Finance from Wharton and a BA in Humanistic Philosophy from the College.

He resides in New York City with his wife and seven children.

Marc S. Goldman, Boca Raton, FL, is an independent businessman. After selling his third-generation family business, Farmland Dairies in 1999, Marc has been active in a variety of initiatives in culture, business, real estate and public policy, particularly oil independence. He has been associated with several movies and Broadway shows. He is involved with FIRST, which encourages students to participate in science and technology. He serves on the AISH International Advisory Board and a variety of other organizations.

Cheryl Halpern is a partner at HQ Creative LLC, an Emmy Award winning production company and branding agency serving clients throughout the world. A producer and director of documentaries, Mrs. Halpern has a long record of public service in broadcasting and has served three U.S. Presidents in this capacity. She has served on the Board for International Broadcasting (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (Voice of America/Radio and TV Marti/ Radio Free Asia). Mrs. Halpern was confirmed to serve as a director of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and was elected by the board to serve two terms as Chairman. In addition to her service in public broadcasting, Cheryl Halpern served as the National Chairman of the RJC for eight years.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband and executive producer Fred.

Phyllis Greenberg Heideman is the Managing Partner of Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, PC, in Washington, D.C. She is active in Jewish communal affairs, formerly serving as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and currently serving as President of the March of the Living International and Co-Chair of the Israel Forever Foundation.

Sheldon B. (Shelly) Kamins has enjoyed a diverse professional and business career and has volunteered with distinction in the realms of political activism and philanthropy.

After graduating from the Georgetown law school in 1972, he entered the practice of law, specializing in business transactions. In 1981, he left his law partnership and became the co-owner of a real estate development, management and leasing company. The company successfully developed millions of square feet of commercial projects and Mr. Kamins also participated in a wide variety of other business ventures. He continues to advise and participate in entrepreneurship, deal structuring, economic innovations, finance and on seizing nascent business opportunities.

Mr. Kamins has held leadership positions in diverse civic and charitable endeavors. He served as Chairman of GOPAC, a national political organization focused on the education of candidates. He was Maryland Finance Co-Chair for Bush-Cheney 2000 and for Bush-Cheney 2004. He is Chairman of the RJC PAC, and has also served as Chairman of the Jewish Policy Center, where he remains a member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Kamins has served as the National Vice President of Philanthropy for the renowned Weizmann Institute of Science and served three years as Washington, DC Chairman. He also served on the Finance Advisory Board of the George and Barbara Bush Endowment for Innovative Cancer Research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center. President George W. Bush appointed Mr. Kamins to a six year term on the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he also served as Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Mr. Kamins is married to Diane Sembler-Kamins and divides his time between Florida and Washington, DC, with children and grandchildren in both cities.

Fred E. Karlinsky is Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Insurance Regulatory and Transactions Practice Group. Fred has over twenty years of experience representing the interests of insurers, reinsurers and a wide variety of other insurance-related entities on their regulatory, transactional, corporate and governmental affairs matters. Fred is a recognized authority on national insurance regulatory and compliance issues and has taken a leadership position in many insurance trade organizations, has led many industry-driven legislative and regulatory initiatives, and is a sought after thought leader who has spoken and presented papers to insurance executives and governmental officials, both nationally and internationally.

Fred is experienced in transactional law, executive and legislative governmental affairs, administrative law, and corporate representation. He advises clients on operational issues — including start-up initiatives, structuring, capitalization, and collaborative business relationships— and a complete array of regulatory and compliance issues, including licensure and corporate amendment applications, business expansion initiatives, solvency and statutory accounting issues, rate and form filings, and financial and market conduct examinations, to name a few.

Fred has a long history as a primary strategist in all types of Florida insurance-related legislative and regulatory initiatives for all kinds of insurance, including homeowners, automobile, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and other lines of property and casualty and life and health insurance.

In addition to his role with Greenberg Traurig, Fred is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Florida State University College of Law, where he teaches a course on Insurance Law and Economics.

Mr. Klein is Chairman and CEO of Park Tower Group, a major real estate company based in New York. Known as a community leader, he has also been active in Republican affairs for many years and has served as an advisor to several Republican presidential administrations.

Mr. Klein is one of the founders of the RJC and has served as national chairman. He continues to guide the organization to this day as an honorary chairman.

Ron Krongold was born in Clarkesburg, West Virginia and now resides in Miami Beach Florida. Ron attended the University of Florida, Florida State University and University of Miami. He has undergraduate degrees in Business and Accounting, and a graduate degree in law (Juris Doctorate). Ron and his wife Glenda have 4 daughters.

Ronnie began his business career developing real estate properties in the late 1970’s in Miami-Dade County and was ranked among the top single-family developers in Florida. His company, Gold Krown, has built owned and managed a diverse portfolio of properties. Recently a Krongold company, Gold Krown Fidelity, LLC, along with its partners, Beztak (a Michigan based real estate company) and Jeb Bush and Associates, purchased the Midtown Miami Condominium development. Gold Krown is the developing partner of the Parrot Jungle of Watson Island (www.Jungleisland.com), now known as Jungle Island.

Ron was the President and Chairman of the Board of CORNER SHOT, a joint Israel-U.S. venture which developed a devise manufactured in Israel which is a solution for a soldier to shoot around corners without exposing himself (www.cornershot.com). In additon to Gold Krown L.L.C., Mr. Krongold owns majority interest in and acts as CEO for a number of successful operating companies.

Ron has been active in Jewish community life for over 35 years. Ronnie and his wife Glenda support “JAFCO” whose mission is to care for abused and neglected children and those with disabilities in the Jewish community and to work in partnership with families and the entire community. In 1979, Ron and Glenda along with a group of young couples from various cities throughout the United States and Canada were asked to visit Washington D.C. to form a group to be known as the “New Leadership for Israel Bonds”. In 1983, Ron became International Chairman of New Leadership and led a group of 120 people to Israel for a 14-day trip. Among the young people in that group was Jeb Bush and his wife Columba. This was the start of the Governor’s long-running affiliation with the Jewish State. After serving as International New Leadership Chairman, Ron became the Southeastern Chairman of the Israel Bonds Campaign and then Vice-Chairman of the national campaign

In 1990 Ron traveled to Russia, before the fall of Communism, to help with the extraction and settlement of Jews from Russia to Israel.

Past Member of: Board of Directors of the Miami Jewish Federation, Board of Directors of South Dade Jewish Community Center, Board of Anti-Defamation League, Board of Directors of Ziff Museum, Board of Directors of Ben Gurion University, Member of Israel Chamber of Commerce, Board of Foundations of Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Member of Board of Directors and Treasurer of the High School in Israel, and Member of Board of Directors of Bar Ilan University, National Board of Israel Bonds. Appointed by President George Bush to serve as a member of the Holocaust Memorial Council and served 11 years on the Board. Recipient of the David Ben-Gurion Peace Award, City of Peace Award, Israel Solidarity Award, Jerusalem Peace Award, Israel Bonds Jerusalem 3000 medal, Tower of David Award and Golda Meir Leadership Award.

Eliot Lauer is a partner of the Litigation Department of the international law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, and has been with the Firm since 1974. He has extensive experience representing clients in complex civil and criminal matters in federal and state courts and is an experienced federal and state appellate advocate. He has tried criminal and civil cases involving commodities fraud, transactions in government securities and commodity futures, market manipulation, accountants` and other professionals` liability, false advertising, contract and agency disputes involving real estate, product liability and other commercial transactions.

Mr. Lauer is admitted to the New York State and District of Columbia Bars, the United States District Court both for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

He received his law degree (cum laude) from the Fordham University School of Law, and his bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva College.

Linda Lingle was the governor of Hawaii from 2002 to 2010. Prior to her tenure as governor, Lingle served as Chair of the Hawaii Republican Party from 1999 to 2002. She accompanied President George W. Bush as part of his honorary delegation to Jerusalem for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel.

Earle I. Mack served as US ambassador to Finland during the second term of President George W. Bush. Prior to that, he was a senior partner in The Mack Company, established about a century ago. The firm, headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey, invests, develops, and manages income-producing commercial real estate. He is an accomplished businessman who serves on the Board of Directors of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and Di Gorgio/White Rose Foods Corporation, among others.

Mr. Mack has a long history of philanthropy and public service. He is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, serves on the boards of two prominent organizations which fight prostate cancer, and was a member of the building development committee for the New York City Holocaust Memorial Commission.

Mr. Mack is an active supporter of the arts. He is Chairman Emeritus of the New York State Council on the Arts and a member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Ballet. In addition, he serves as a member of the Deans Council of the Tisch School of the Arts, as a Board Member of the Friends of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet. He has been co-producer of two feature films that have won awards at the Cannes Film Festival.

His political involvement includes serving as chairman of the New York Victory 2000 committee, and chairing the finance committee of the New York Victory 2000. He has also served on the Republican National Finance Committee. He has been a member of the RJC Executive Committee and is now a Vice Chairman of the RJC.

Mr. Mack is very involved in thoroughbred horse racing and is the owner and breeder of thoroughbred racehorses in New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, Louisiana, France, England, Canada, Argentina, and Chile.

Mr. Marcus is one of the founders of The Home Depot Inc., North America’s largest home improvement retailer.

Mr. Marcus is active in many civic and charitable concerns. In 1991, he and with his wife, Billi, established the Marcus Institute in Atlanta, an affiliate of Emory University, which provides programs for children and adolescents with disorders of the brain, and their families. An 1998 the Marcus Institute joined forces with the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. The Kennedy Krieger Marcus National Foundation was created to further enhance the lives of this special population through national advocacy, professional training, and research. Mr. Marcus is the Chairman of the National Foundation.

He also is serves on the Board of Directors of The city of Hope, a cancer research center in California, and The Shepherd Center, which treats people with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and multiple sclerosis. He is a member of the Board of Governors for the American Jewish community and the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Jewish Federation.

Alan B. Miller founded Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE: UHS) in 1979. UHS is one of the largest and most respected hospital management companies in the nation. UHS and its affiliates provide superior patient care across 350+ acute care hospitals, behavioral health and residential facilities, and outpatient care centers across the U.S., the U.K. and Puerto Rico. The company has been named for nine consecutive years by Fortune to the World’s Most Admired Companies list; in 2018, ranked #268 on the Fortune 500 list; and in 2017, listed #275 in Forbes’ inaugural ranking of America’s Top 500 Public Companies. www.uhsinc.com

Larry A. Mizel graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1964, and with a JD degree from the University of Denver - College of Law in 1967.

In 1972, Mr. Mizel founded the company that became M.D.C. Holdings, Inc.(MDC), one of the nation’s top homebuilders and a New York Stock Exchange-listed company. He serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MDC, parent-corporation of Richmond American Homes. Under his tenure, MDC realized revenues of nearly $5 billion in 2005 and over the past decade, has consistently maintained one of the strongest financial positions in the industry. MDC has the distinction of being one of the few homebuilding-based companies to receive an investment-grade rating from all three rating agencies.

Mr. Mizel was a founder, and until 1996, Chairman of the Board of Asset Investors Corporation(AIC), a New York Stock Exchange-listed real estate investment trust, and of Commercial Assets Inc. (CAX), a real estate investment trust that traded on the American Stock Exchange. In addition, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Omnibank, a multibank holding company, until its sale to KeyCorp in 1995.

Mr. Mizel has been actively involved in many charitable, religious and community causes. He is a life member of The Council on Foreign Relations,an independent, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to helping people better understand the world and foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.

As one of the founders of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Mr. Mizel has served as the International Chairman of the Board of Trustees since 2003. Based in Los Angeles, the Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international human rights organization that promotes tolerance and combats racism and anti-Semitism around the world. Its educational arm, the Museum of Tolerance, a recipient of the 2004 Tolerance Award given at the United Nations, is a world-class human rights laboratory and learning center dedicated to challenging visitors to confront important contemporary issues. The Simon Wiesenthal Center is accredited as a non-governmental organization (NGO) at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament.

Mr. Mizel is a member of the board of directors of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which works to help make Israel more secure by ensuring that American support remains strong.

In 1986, Mr. Mizel founded and served as the inaugural chairman of Colorado Concern, an organization committed to promoting sustainable business growth and advancing the economic well-being of Colorado.

Mr. Mizel is the founder of the Mizel Museumin Denver, Colorado, which provides regular artistic and educational programs that promote community understanding and tolerance for residents of the Rocky Mountain region.

Mr. Mizel founded, as a part of the Mizel Museum and corresponding Mizel Institute,The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (The CELL) in 2004. The CELL is a non-profit institution dedicated to addressing the most important global issue of our time — terrorism. Located in Denver, Colorado, the CELL opened its state-of-the-art facility in 2008 with the purpose of educating citizens on the realities of today’s global terrorism threats, seeking to empower individuals and organizations with knowledge and tools to help them proactively affect positive change. It is the only exhibit of its kind in the world.

Mr. Mizel also founded the Mizel Arts and Culture Center(The MACC) located in Denver at the Jewish Community Center. The MACC illuminates the human experience through creative and cultural programs in the performing, visual, and literary arts for the Jewish community and the community at large.

As a founding member of The Denver Rustlers, Mr. Mizel works with other Colorado business leaders to support youth in the community. From raising scholarship money, to supporting participants at the Junior Livestock Sale at the annual Colorado State Fair, to opening the Denver Rustlers Kids Café in 1994 to combat childhood hunger, this organization strives to make a difference in children’s lives.

Over the years, Mr. Mizel has been the recipient of recognition by various organizations. In 1987, he received the National Humanitarian Awardfrom National Jewish Health, a global leader in the research and treatment of respiratory, immune and related diseases. In 1996, Mr. Mizel was named Honorary Dean of the University of Denver’s Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management. In 2001, he was one of the recipients of the distinguished Ellis Island Medal of Honor which pays tribute to the immigrant experience and individual achievement. Honorees are listed in the Congressional Record. In 2002, he was awarded the title Honorary Irishman by the Ancient Order of Hiberians, a Catholic-Irish-American Fraternal Organization founded in 1836, for his work in supporting the Heroes of 9-11. In 2005, Mr. Mizel received the Defenders of Freedom Award from the National Homeland Defense Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to securing freedom in the fields of homeland defense and security. In 2010, he was awarded The Ben S. Wendelken Special Trustees' Award by Colorado’s El Pomar Foundation for embodying the spirit of service and giving through his life’s work. In 2011, he received the Steve Ross Lifetime Achievement Award from the Milken Institute, was named a Colorado State Patrol Honorary Colonel, and in 2018, he was entered into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame.

Larry Mizel and his wife Carol reside in Denver and have two grown children and six grandchildren.

Ronald Plotkin is CEO of Directional Marketing at Monster Worldwide. He is a longtime supporter of Republican candidates and resides in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Partner Brad D. Rose is the chair of Pryor Cashman’s Intellectual Property Group and a prominent and widely known litigator and transactional attorney in the music, entertainment, digital media, fashion and consumer products industries.

Brad helps clients, along with their key advisors, to build and protect brand value and intellectual property assets, both domestically and internationally, through a variety of forward-thinking initiatives and, when necessary, litigation. He is consistently recognized by ranking organizations such as Chambers, Super Lawyers "Top 100", The Legal 500 United States, World Trademark Review as well as The American Lawyer as one of the leading attorneys in the U.S. for both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters.

Phil Rosen is one of the premier corporate and property attorneys in the United States. He heads the Property Group and Hospitality and Gaming Group and is one of the leaders of the Corporate Department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, one of the largest and most successful law firms in the world. Mr. Rosen is also one of the most prominent young leaders on the Jewish communal scene. He is Vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Birthright Israel Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees of Yeshiva University, Founding and Current Vice Chairman of the Board of Yeshiva College and an active member of numerous other organizations. Mr. Rosen is also one of the key power brokers in the Israel business and political communities.

A prolific writer, his articles appear in many newspapers, magazines and websites in Israel, the U.S. and around the world. A prolific speaker as well, Mr. Rosen speaks on Jewish and Zionist topics regularly across the Jewish community.

He and his wife, Malki, have five children: Rachel and Shai, Miriam, Isaac and Joseph and a grand-daughter (Toni) and live in New York.

Alan Sager has taught Government at The University of Texas at Austin for 34 years, currently as a Lecturer.
He also operates 64 Supercuts Hair Salons in three states. He is a past President of the Austin JCC (now Shalom Austin) and of Congregation Agudas Achim in Austin.
He was Travis County Texas Republican Party Chairman from 2000-2008.

Leonard Sands is the chairman of Wheelhouse Investment Group, focused on investing in early-stage companies in the consumer
packaged goods space.
Mr. Sands is a pioneer in the direct to consumer world having sold and marketed goods in 80 countries for over 3 decades.

Bobby Schostak, after nearly 40 years in the family real estate business, spends his time today in three areas including MadDog Technology Venture Fund, a division of MadDog Technology, where he serves as its fund manager and CEO. MadDogTechnology is a developer and funder of cloud based solutions that are disruptive to the industries they serve.

After serving for seven years in the Michigan Republican Party, as Chairman and Finance Chairman, Schostak announced the formation of the Templar Baker Group (TBG) in June 2015. TBG provides strategic political and business consulting, helping to bridge the relationships between business and government for their clients. The company is based in Lansing, Michigan and run by his four colleagues.

He has served as the Co-Chief Executive Officer of his family’s business, Schostak Brothers & Company, a leading commercial real estate business based in Livonia, Michigan, where they operate commercial properties in 24 states. In addition, the Schostak family operates the largest privately held, franchised restaurant company in Michigan, Team Schostak Family Restaurants, with ownership of over 100 restaurants, including Del Taco, Olga’s Kitchen, Applebee’s, and MOD Pizza.

Schostak serves on the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Congenital Heart Center National Advisory Board and was appointed by Michigan’s Former Governor Rick Snyder to the Oakland University Board of Trustees in December of 2015. He also serves on the Urban Land Institute (ULI) as the Michigan Board Chair and the Quantum Ventures of Michigan Advisory Board.

Schostak and his wife, Nancy, were married in 1977; together they have three married children and 8 grandchildren.

Martin Selig owns a real estate development firm operating in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Selig is a longtime supporter of Republican candidates.

Mel Sembler, Chairman Emeritus of The Sembler Company, served as United States Ambassador to Italy from 2001 to 2005 and as U.S. Ambassador to Australia and Nauru from 1989 to 1993.

As a developer, Sembler is responsible for building The Sembler Company into one of the United States’ most highly recognized shopping center development and management companies, known for creative design and environmental integrity. Sembler is also renowned for his activism in the anti-drug movement.

A strong supporter of the Republican Party for decades, Sembler served as Finance Chairman for the Republican National Committee from 1997 to 2000. He also served as Florida's National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee after his election in 1994 until 2000. Sembler accompanied President George W. Bush to Israel as part of his honorary delegation marking Israel’s 60th anniversary of statehood.

Presently on the boards of the International Council of Shopping Centers, American Enterprise Institute, George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, Republican Jewish Coalition, and Moffitt Cancer Center, Sembler is also a sustaining member of the Florida Council of 100, a business advisory council to the Governor of Florida.

Diane Sembler-Kamins is active in serving her community and is passionate about her political activities. Diane was President for the Pinellas County Jewish Day School and served 6 years as Vice President for Development. Diane has served her local Jewish Federation in many capacities. She also served the national organization as a solicitation trainer. She was co-chair of Jewish Outreach for the State of Florida in the Bush 2004 race. Diane has served on the Temple Beth-El Art Festival committee, a large weekend art show supporting the Temple, for the past 35 years.

 

Dr. Richard Sherman recently won re-election to his second two-year term as Chairman of the Los Angele County Republican Party (LAGOP) www.lagop.org. For many years Richard has been an active political grassroots leader and has worked on a number of national, state, and local races including precinct walking for his daughter Alicia, who is now Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Calabasas. He has been actively involved in the RJC since 2000 and has served on the RJC’s Board of Directors since 2010.

Richard is a clinical and consulting psychologist (mostly retired). He has also served as President of the California Board of Psychology, President of the California Psychological Association, and President of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association. He lives in Calabasas, CA with his wife, Judy. He is most proud of his family, which includes two adult daughters, their husbands, and four grandchildren.

Walter Stern is the Chairman Emeritus and Board member of The Hudson Institute. He is also the Vice President of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Walter spent 20 years with Drexel Burnham Lambert and 43 years as a senior officer of Capital Group/American Funds.

Mr. Sugarman has been a principal investor and financier of all asset classes and has led real estate, financial services, and infrastructure investments both domestically and overseas. He is a sports enthusiast and an investor in Marucci Sports, the Oklahoma City Dodgers and in a top e-sports team. He is married with three boys and lives in Los Angeles, California.

Ron Weiser is the past chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. From 2001-2004, he served as Ambassador to Slovakia under President George W. Bush. He is the founder of McKinley Associates, a national real estate investment company, and served as its Chairman and CEO. He has previously served on the University of Michigan President’s Advisory Board, as Treasurer and Chairman of Artrain USA, and as chairman of numerous non-profit fundraising events. Currently, Weiser serves as the National Finance Chairman for the Republican National Committee.

Bradley Wine is Co-Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Government Contracts Practice. He has advised numerous Republican candidates and campaigns over the course of his career.

In December 2014, Mr. Zeidman was appointed as Chairman of Gordian Group LLC, a U.S. investment bank specializing in board level advice in complex, distressed or “story” financial matters. Mr. Zeidman currently serves as Co-Chair and Director of Council for Secure America, Director of Prosperity Bank and Camber Energy. He was formerly Restructuring Officer of TransMeridian Exploration Inc., Chief Bankruptcy Trustee of AremisSoft Corp., lead Director of Straight Path Communications, Inc. and Director of Hyperdynamics Corp.

Mr. Zeidman, Chairman Emeritus of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council was appointed by President George W. Bush in March 2002 and served in that position from 2002-2010. A prominent Houston based business and civic leader, Mr. Zeidman also is Chairman Emeritus of the University of Texas Health Science System Houston and Chief Financial Officer of the Texas Heart Institute. He also was Campaign Chairman of Development Corp of Israel. He served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the University of Saint Thomas and on the Board of the National World War II Museum.

Over the course of his distinguished 50 year career, Mr. Zeidman has been involved in numerous high-profile workouts, restructurings and reorganizations. He was former CEO, President and Chairman of Seitel, Inc., a Houston-based provider where he was instrumental in the successful turnaround of the Company. He held the post of Chairman of the Board and CEO of Unibar Corporation, the largest domestic independent drilling fluids company, until its sale to Anchor Drilling Fluids in 1992.

Mr. Zeidman holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s in Business Administration from New York University. He lives in Houston, Texas with his wife and children.