Ira N. Forman
Ira Forman was sworn in as Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism (SEAS) on May 20, 2013. He leads the State Department’s efforts to advocate on behalf of Jewish communities and through his travels, regularly articulates U.S. policy on monitoring and combating anti-Semitism throughout the world.
Prior to serving as SEAS Mr. Forman accumulated 40 years of experience in Jewish communal work and public service.. From 2011-2012 Mr. Forman served as the Jewish Outreach Director for the Obama for America campaign. He served for nearly 15 years as the Executive Director of the National Jewish Democratic Council and spent four years with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee where he worked as Political Director and Legislative Liaison. He has also served on the boards of a number of Jewish non-profits.
In the Clinton Administration Mr. Forman was the Director of Congressional Relations for the Office of Personnel Management. Earlier in his career he worked as professional staff of the Public Works and Transportation Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Throughout his career he has spoken and written extensively on Jewish history and public policy. Mr. Forman co-edited and wrote for the reference book, Jews In American Politics. He has written articles on these topics for the Encyclopedia Judaica. He also staffed and helped edit the volume, Democrats and the American Idea in his role as a Fellow in American Politics and the Economy at the Center for National Policy.
Mr. Forman received his B.A. from Harvard University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Government. He received his M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.