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Israeli-American Council (IAC) Appoints Elan Carr As CEO

Former U.S. Special Envoy Takes the Helm of Prominent Israeli-American Organization

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Carr’s extensive experience includes serving as U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism in 2019. (Photo: IAC)

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The Israeli-American Council (IAC) has announced the appointment of former U.S. Special Envoy Elan S. Carr as its next chief executive officer. Carr, a second-generation Israeli-American with extensive diplomatic, military, and community leadership experience, will assume the role on October 1, succeeding Shoham Nicolet, IAC’s co-founder, and CEO for the past eight years.

Carr has been connected with the IAC since its inception in 2007 when his parents were among the initial founders. He brings a deep commitment to the organization, which focuses on addressing significant challenges faced by Israeli-Americans and Jewish-Americans, including assimilation and antisemitism.

“I am deeply honored to assume the helm of the IAC at this important time, and I’m excited by the organization’s enormous potential,” said Carr. “Our community of Israeli-Americans and Jewish-Americans is grappling with significant challenges, including assimilation and antisemitism. By combining community engagement and civic activism, youth programs, and educational courses, leadership development and Israel advocacy, the IAC is strongly positioned to respond to those challenges and build a vibrant, committed community for generations to come. I am privileged to help lead that cause.”

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Carr’s extensive experience includes serving as U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism in 2019. In this role, he led U.S. policy and programs aimed at combating antisemitism, negotiated groundbreaking agreements with foreign countries, and convened the first-ever U.S. government-sponsored conference on combating online hate.

Prior to his federal appointment, Carr served as a deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County, prosecuting violent felony crimes, including hate crimes and crimes involving notorious criminal street gangs. He also had a distinguished two-decade-long military service in the U.S. Army Reserve, where he deployed to Iraq in 2003-04.

Carr’s legal background includes practicing law at leading corporate law firms in New York and Los Angeles, and he spent a year in Israel as a legal advisor to Israel’s Ministry of Justice, helping create the country’s first-ever public defender program.

As the 71st international president of Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), Carr led efforts to confront campus antisemitism and assimilation. He was actively involved in various Jewish organizations, including being a voting member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and serving on the National Council of AIPAC.

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Naty Saidoff, chairman of the IAC board of directors, expressed excitement about Carr’s appointment, highlighting his deep connection to the Israeli-American community and commitment to strengthening ties between the U.S. and Israel. Shoham Nicolet, the departing CEO, was thanked for his exemplary leadership, and a seamless transition for the organization is anticipated.

Tal Shuster, chairwoman of the IAC’s CEO Search Committee, emphasized Carr’s passion, commitment, and vision as key factors in his selection. Nicolet, reflecting on his time at the IAC, expressed confidence in Carr’s leadership, stating that the organization would continue to flourish under his guidance.

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