In November 2008, William Daroff was named by The Forward Newspaper as being among the 50 most influential Jews in America. As Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office of The Jewish Federations of North America, he is a leading advocate for the American Jewish community’s agenda in the nation’s capitol. As the chief lobbyist and principle spokesperson on public policy and international affairs, William ensures that the voice of Jewish Federations is a prominent force on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch.
William 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, as well as homeland security programs and strengthening the capacity of the not-for-profit sector.
In addition to his focus on domestic policy, William is a key player in foreign policy circles – advising policy-makers and elected officials on Jewish communal concerns, principally those related to the US-Israel relationship, the Middle East conflict, vulnerable Jewish communities across the world, and the fight to combat states that promote terror.
He currently serves on the Iran Working Group of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Additionally, President George W. Bush appointed William to serve on the Honorary Delegation to accompany him to Jerusalem for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel in May 2008.
In September 2007, William received a Presidential appointment to be a member of the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, which is charged with the oversight of the protection of properties in Europe associated with the heritage of U.S. citizens, including Jewish cemeteries, synagogues, and memorials.
Prior to joining The Jewish Federations of North America, William served as Deputy Executive Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
William received his Bachelor Degree (summa cum laude) in Political Science & History, Masters Degree in Political Science, and Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He currently lives in suburban Washington, D.C., with his wife, Heidi Krizer Daroff, and their two children. The couple met in Krakow, Poland, while studying at Jagiellonian University, from which they both received certificates in the history of Eastern European Jewry and the Holocaust.