The Israeli-American Council (IAC) has named former U.S. Special Envoy Elan S. Carr as its next chief executive officer. Carr will assume the role on Oct. 1, succeeding Shoham Nicolet, IAC’s co-founder and its CEO for the past eight years.
Carr, a second-generation Israeli-American and native Hebrew speaker, brings to the IAC his extensive experience as a U.S. diplomat, military officer, criminal prosecutor, and community leader. He has been involved with the IAC since its inception in 2007, when his parents were among the initial group that founded the organization.
“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.”
In 2019, Carr was appointed U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism. In this role, he served as the senior diplomatic representative of the United States and the senior advisor to the Secretary of State on the subject of antisemitism, and he led U.S. policy and programs aimed at combating it.
“We could not be more excited that Elan will be leading the IAC. His personal connection to the IAC, profound dedication to the Israeli-American community, commitment to strengthening the ties between the U.S. and Israel, accomplished leadership, and achievements in fighting antisemitism brings to the IAC an exceptional track record and makes him a perfect fit for the role,” said Naty Saidoff, chairman of the IAC board of directors.