Our Leadership

Our Leadership

Our Director

Daniel Schwammenthal

Daniel Schwammenthal is the Director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute and the Secretary General of the Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) group. Before joining the AJC Transatlantic Institute, Mr. Schwammenthal worked for seven years as an editorial page writer and op-ed editor for The Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels and Amsterdam, writing about EU politics and economics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Iran, radical Islam and terrorism. Prior to that, Mr. Schwammenthal worked for six years as a reporter for Dow Jones Newswires in Bonn, Berlin and Brussels covering German and European politics, economics and regulatory affairs.

Mr. Schwammenthal studied political science and political economy at the University of Aachen and received an M.A. in international relations and international communication from Boston University and an L.L.M. in European law and policy from the University of Manchester.

Our Chair

John Shapiro

John M. Shapiro is an honorary President of AJC, having served as national President from 2016 – 2019, and is currently Chair of its Transatlantic Institute and a member of its national Board of Governors. He previously served as Chair of the AJC Board of Trustees.

John is managing director of Chieftain Capital Management, Inc., which he co-founded in 1984. Previously, he worked at Central National Corporation and Merrill Lynch & Co. In addition to his AJC involvement, John is chairman of Lawyers for Children, and immediate past vice chairman of The American Academy in Rome. He is a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of The Rockefeller University. He is also a member of the board at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Wesleyan University, The Jewish Museum, and the Jerusalem Foundation. He previously served as president of the UJA-Federation of New York, and president of The Dalton School in New York City. John received a BA degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

John is married with two children.