Herbert Block has been Executive Director of the American Zionist Movement since March 2017 and came to AZM from a long career in Jewish communal life and public service. He was formerly an Assistant Executive Vice President of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee from 1999 to 2015, where he was responsible for the Government Affairs and Property Restitution portfolios at the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian organization. Immediately prior to AZM he has was the Principal at Montrose Strategies, serving as a consultant, advisor and project manager for private and non-profit organizations in the areas of government relations, public affairs and international Jewish communal issues.
From May 2011 until September 2019 Mr. Block served as a Member of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, to which he was appointed for three terms by President Obama.
Previously Mr. Block served as Assistant Director for Intergovernmental and Public Affairs for the New York City Independent Budget Office from 1996 to 1999 and was Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Relations at the Corporation for National and Community Service from 1994 to 1995. He was Assistant to the Mayor of the City of New York from 1990 to 1993 and a Special Assistant to the Manhattan Borough President from 1986 to 1989.
Mr. Block is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hebrew Free Burial Association and the Community Alliance for Jewish-Affiliated Cemeteries. He is the Mayor’s Representative on the Board of Trustees of the NYC Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Mr Block represents the World Jewish Restitution Organization on foundations in Poland and Lithuania addressing Jewish communal property restitution.
He received a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.