David Gergen to Speak at 2012 GA September 4, 2012
The Jewish Federations of North America is pleased to announce that David Gergen, a top political analyst and former advisor to four U.S. presidents, will be a keynote speaker at the 2012 General Assembly.
Gergen will headline an array of major speakers at the 2012 GA, which runs Nov. 11-13, this year in Baltimore. His appearance comes just days after the U.S. presidential election, which could impact the political landscape for the American Jewish community.
The GA co-chairs, Linda A. and Steve Hurwitz and Genine and Josh Fidler, all of Baltimore, expressed excitement about the addition of Gergen to the GA program, and noted that he will bring incredible political insight to the North American Jewish community.
“David’s knowledge of the American political system is unrivaled, and his perspectives on the U.S. relationship with Israel and the Middle East will be enlightening,” said Genine Fidler. “After studying with David at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, through the Wexner Heritage alumni program, I know David will offer valuable analytical context for today’s most pressing issues in the Jewish world.”
Gergen is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also a senior political analyst for CNN and a contributor to Parade Magazine.
Earlier in his career, Gergen served as a White House advisor to four U.S. presidents: Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. He wrote about those experiences in his New York Times best-seller, "Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton." In the 1980s, he also served as chief editor of U.S. News & World Report.
Over the years, he has been active on many nonprofit boards, including both Yale and Duke Universities. He currently serves on the boards for Teach for America, City Year, Schwab Foundation and the Aspen Institute. He also chairs the Advisory Board for the Elon University School of Law.
An honors graduate of Yale and the Harvard Law School, Gergen is a member of the D.C. Bar, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the U.S. executive committee for the Trilateral Commission. He has been awarded 22 honorary degrees. He is currently at work on a new book about renewing America's political culture.
Some 4,000 Jewish leaders from around the world are expected to convene at the GA, which annually gathers notables in politics, philanthropy, business and the arts. Recent GAs have featured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Vice President Joe Biden; other Israeli leaders including Defense Minister Ehud Barak, former opposition leader Tzipi Livni, and Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren; members of Congress; and many others.
This year’s event will be organized around the theme: “The 2012 JFNA General Assembly. Where the Jewish community downloads/uploads/shares.”
GA plenaries, ignition sessions, master classes and hot topics will allow participants to learn, exchange ideas and take action. The conference will also feature exclusive social events, such as a Taglit-Birthright Israel Bar Mitzvah Celebration and an evening at the National Aquarium, sponsored by the GA host community THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. The GA will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center and at nearby hotels.