Our Leadership

Our Leadership

Our Director

Daniel Schwammenthal

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

Robert Elman

Mr. Elman, the immediate past-president of AJC, has also served the organization as a member of the Steering Committee for AJC’s Strategic Plan and as co-chair of the Task Force on Chapters. He was an officer, and then president, of AJC’s Nashville Unit. Mr. Elman has also served on the boards of numerous corporate, Jewish, and other nonprofit organizations.

At age 29, he was appointed president of KLH, which manufactured stereo systems, and was the subject of feature articles in Business Week and Newsweek. He co-founded DESA Industries, and after AMCA International acquired it, Bob joined AMCA as group vice president. In conjunction with the management team, he organized and directed the management buyout of the Consumer Products Division. DESA grew from $57 million in sales in 1985 to $325 million in 1999.

Mr. Elman received his Bachelor’s with honors in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He and his wife Sylvia have three children and four grandchildren.