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Salary Survey 2017: David Harris Of The American Jewish Committee

American Jewish Committee

Location: New York, NY

Category: Advocacy or Public Service

David Harris

Executive Director

The American Jewish Committee is one of the oldest and most influential Jewish advocacy organizations. Founded in 1906 by American Jews concerned by the pogroms aimed at Russian Jews, the group’s current mission is “to enhance the wellbeing of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world,” through combating anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry worldwide, advocating for peace and security for Israel, and supporting energy independence. The organization has 22 offices across the United States and nine overseas.

Organization Website | Guidestar Page

David Harris has served as executive director of the American Jewish Committee since 1990. He regularly meets with high profile political officials and was significantly involved in the emigration of over a million Jews from the Soviet Union and in the rescue of Ethiopian Jews in the 1980s. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Institution Revenue: $69,829,496

Institution Total Expenses: $52,248,576

Employees: 313

Salary: $539,016


Institution Revenue: $54,782,673

Institution Total Expenses: $46,209,859

Employees: 288

Salary: $491,766

Overpaid by: 16%

For information on previous years, see here.

For information on other Jewish nonprofits, see here.

For information on other Jewish advocacy and public service leaders, see here.

1 Interim head of organization

2 Data from 2012

3 Data from 2011

4 Data from 2010

5 Data from 2009

6 Data from 2008

7 Data from 2007

8 Includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.

9 Predecessor’s salary

10 Partial year

11 Not a 501(c)3

12 Annualized

13 Position currently vacant

14 As per Form 990, JNF declined to comment

15 Base salary

16 Data from president-elect period

17 2010 Employees

18 Legally exempt from public disclosure of salary

19 Highest paid professional, not CEO

20 Paid from two related organizations

21 Data from 2013

22 Data from 2014

23 Data from 2015

24 Includes a one-time honorarium of $55,000

25 Data from 2017


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