American Israel Public Affairs Committee

Location: Washington, DC

Category: Advocacy or Public Service

Howard Kohr

Executive Director

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is one of the most influential lobbying groups in Washington, D.C., and is primarily concerned with promoting better ties between the United States and Israel through addressing shared national security concerns. Isaiah L. Kenan founded AIPAC as a lobbying division of the American Zionist Council in 1951. AIPAC claims to have more than 100,000 members as part of its grassroots network. The group asserts that a strong relationship between Israel and the United States is mutually advantageous. Its yearly national convention attracts upwards of 10,000 attendees from across the United States.

Howard Kohr has served as the executive director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee since 1996. The son of a holocaust survivor, Kohr has advocated for Israel in a number of capacities. He previously served as deputy director of the National Jewish Coalition, assistant Washington representative of the American Jewish Committee, and as a management fellow for the Department of Defense. He had served in a variety of staff positions at AIPAC prior to becoming executive director. In 2014, Kohr was paid out $760,710 in previously earned deferred compensation.


Institution Total Expenses: $67,978,782

Employees: 364

Salary: $556,232

Overpaid by: 29%


Institution Total Expenses: $61,270,283

Employees: 364

Salary: $506,232


Institution Total Expenses: $64,397,446

Salary: $472,500


Salary: $450,000


Salary: $469,462

  • 1Interim head of organization
  • 2Data from 2012
  • 3Data from 2011
  • 4Data from 2010
  • 5Data from 2009
  • 6Data from 2008
  • 7Data from 2007
  • 8Includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.
  • 9Predecessor's salary
  • 10Partial year
  • 11Not a 501(c)3
  • 12Annualized
  • 13Position currently vacant
  • 14As per Form 990, JNF declined to comment
  • 15Base salary
  • 16Data from president-elect period
  • 172010 Employees
  • 18Legally exempt from public disclosure of salary
  • 19Highest paid professional, not CEO
  • 20Paid from two related organizations
  • 21Data from 2013
  • 22Data from 2014
  • 23Data from 2015
  • 24Includes a one-time honorarium of $55,000
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