William Daroff became the Chief Executive Officer of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on February 1, 2020. In that capacity, he is the senior professional guiding the Conference’s agenda on behalf of 53 national member organizations, which represent the wide mosaic of American Jewish life.
Previously, he was the Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office of The Jewish Federations of North America, where he was the chief lobbyist and principal spokesperson on public policy and international affairs for 146 Jewish Federations and more than 300 independent communities.
Named by the Forward newspaper as being among the fifty most influential Jews in America, Daroff is a key player in policy circles – advising policymakers and elected officials on Jewish communal concerns, namely those related to the US-Israel relationship, the Middle East conflict, Jewish communal security, antisemitism, and efforts to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. He is also a leader in the worldwide fight to combat the assault on Israel’s legitimacy.
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.