William Daroff

Adjunct Professor

As the Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office of The Jewish Federations of North America, William Daroff is the chief lobbyist and principal spokesperson on public policy and international affairs for the 147 Jewish Federations and more than 300 independent communities represented by JFNA. Daroff ensures that the voice of Jewish Federations is a prominent force in the Nation's Capital.

Named by the Forward newspaper as being among the fifty most influential Jews in America, Daroff guides the Jewish community’s advocacy efforts on the Federation movement’s key domestic policy issues, principally on health and human services, such as Medicare and Medicaid, long-term care, and policies affecting older Americans, including Holocaust Survivors, as well as homeland security programs and strengthening the capacity of charities to care for those in need. In addition to his focus on domestic policy, Daroff is a key player in foreign policy circles – advising policymakers and elected officials on Jewish communal concerns, namely those related to the US-Israel relationship, the Middle East conflict, and efforts to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capacity.

Prior to assuming his “post-partisan” role with the Jewish Federations in 2005, Daroff was an active political operative, having served as a political appointee in the first Bush Administration, on three national Presidential campaign staffs, as Special Assistant to the Governor of Ohio, managed campaigns for US Congress and State Treasurer (Ohio), served as Vice Chairman of the Cuyahoga County (Cleveland, Ohio) Republican Party, and as the Deputy Executive Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Daroff received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science (summa cum laude), Master of Arts in Political Science, and Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. He also earned a Certificate in the History of Eastern European Jewry and the Holocaust from Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland.


J.D., Case Western Reserve University

M.A., Case Western Reserve University

B.A., Case Western Reserve University

Classes Taught

Interest Group Politics