Cleveland, OH, September 20, 2018 … ADL announced the appointment of Jeremy Pappas, as Regional Director of ADL Cleveland. Pappas is an experienced leader whose career trajectory has involved leadership positions at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the National Ramah Commission.
Pappas succeeds Anita Gray, who led the region for almost five years. Gray will assume the position of Director of Development, leading the expansion of the regional campaign and supporting other key facets of regional operations.
For the past four years, Pappas served as the National Director of the Rabbinic Student Program at AIPAC. In this role, Pappas was responsible for outreach and programming to students currently studying to be rabbis with the goal of providing them access to the tools they will need to educate their future communities.
In his role as regional director, Pappas will be responsible for leading ADL’s Cleveland Regional Office, which focuses on combating anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kinds across Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and the western half of Pennsylvania by exposing extremism, promoting civil rights and educating tens of thousands of students, teachers and others to create more inclusive, respectful communities. Pappas assumed his new position on August 29.
“We are excited that Jeremy has joined the Cleveland team and we are very much looking forward to his efforts to combat hate across our region,” said David Malik, ADL Cleveland Regional Board Chair. “Given Jeremy’s extensive experience and his passion for ADL’s mission, we are confident that he is well positioned to assume this critical leadership role.
Born and raised in Michigan, Pappas attained a joint Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Modern Jewish Studies from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Following his undergraduate work, he received a MA in Jewish Education and rabbinic ordination.
“Our ever-important mission of stopping the defamation of the Jewish people and securing justice and fair treatment of all, is all the more critical today given the recent rise in anti-Semitic acts and hate across the country,” Pappas said. “I look forward to working with our dedicated staff and lay leaders to ensure our relevant message makes in impact in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Western Pennsylvania.”