Ira Forman

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Ira Forman
Ira Forman at Cabot University panel.jpg
U.S. Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism Ira Forman speaking at a panel discussion at John Cabot University on the 50th anniversary of the release of Nostra Aetate
United States Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism
In office
May 20, 2013 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byMichael Kozak (acting)
Succeeded byVacant / Elan Carr
Personal details
Born1952 (age 67–68)
Alma materHarvard University
Stanford University

Ira N. Forman (born February 28, 1952) was executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council from January 1996 through June 2010,[1] and then the United States Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism from May 2013 until January 2017.[2][3][4]

Education and career[edit]

In 1974, Forman graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he majored in political science.

Forman started his career in 1977 working as a legislative liaison for AIPAC. His title was political director. He stayed with AIPAC until 1981, when he left to go to Stanford University, where he completed an MBA in 1983.

After completing his MBA went to work for the National PAC as the New York office director, which he continued until 1985.

From 1990 to 1993, he served as a fellow at the Center for National Policy where he worked on the volume "Democrats and The American Idea: A Bicentennial Appraisal". He left the Center for National Policy to serve as the director of congressional relations in the Office of Personnel Management of the Clinton Administration.[5]

He left the Clinton Administration in January 1996 when he became the executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council.[6]

In September 2011, Forman was named Jewish outreach director for President Obama's 2012 Reelection Campaign.

In May 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry appointed Forman as the U.S. Special Envoy of the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. He served in the position until January 20, 2017.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Forman and his wife, Caryn Pass, have three children, and live in Washington, D.C.


  1. ^ "NJDC CEO Forman Steps Down; Harris Named President and CEO". NJDC. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  2. ^ "Reports of anti-Semitism increase". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Associated Press. May 20, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  3. ^ "Forman, Ira N." United States Department of State. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  4. ^ Cortellessa, Eric (June 26, 2017). "Former anti-Semitism envoys warn of 'terrible loss' of post under Trump". The Times of Israel. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  5. ^ "Forman, Ira N." U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  6. ^ "Ira Forman, U.S. Department of State". Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  7. ^ Davis, Julie Hirschfeld (2017-01-05). "In Break With Precedent, Obama Envoys Are Denied Extensions Past Inauguration Day". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-18.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Michael Kozak (acting)
United States Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism
Title next held by
Elan Carr