Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Location: New York, NY
Category: Advocacy or Public Service
President and CEO
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, which calls itself the “representative voice of the organized American Jewish community,” seeks to advance the public affairs goals of the organized American Jewish community. Founded in 1944, The JCPA is committed to protecting the rights of Jews worldwide, and promoting the security of Israel, and tolerance and democracy in America. The JCPA serves as the national advisory and coordinating body of 14 national and 125 local Jewish community agency members. It has previously supported a range of policy goals, including reduced gun violence, immigration reform, poverty reduction, and an end to genocide in Darfur. Its initiatives include the Israel Action Network, which fights delegitimization of Israel, and the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life.
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Prior to his appointment, David Bernstein served as a consultant dedicated to assisting organizations and communities in strengthening their Israel education, engagement and advocacy work. He is also founder of CultureSolutions LLC, which works with non-profits on strategic planning and culture change efforts. He served as Executive Director of The David Project from August 2010 to September 2014. Bernstein also spent 13 years at the American Jewish Committee, where he began as director of the Washington regional office and served in management roles overseeing regional offices and national and local programming and advocacy.
Bernstein graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Philosophy and later obtained an M.A. in International Affairs at University of Dayton.
Institution Revenue: $3,555,374
Institution Total Expenses: $3,662,470
Institution Revenue: $3,667,821
Institution Total Expenses: $3,612,033
Salary: $178,554 9
Overpaid by: 33%
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1 Interim head of organization
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8 Includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.
9 Predecessor’s salary
10 Partial year
11 Not a 501(c)3
13 Position currently vacant
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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
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24 Includes a one-time honorarium of $55,000
25 Data from 2017