As the Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office of The Jewish Federations of North America since 2005, William Daroff is the chief lobbyist and principal spokesperson on public policy and international affairs for the 146 Jewish Federations and more than 300 independent communities represented by JFNA, ensuring that the voice of Jewish Federations is a prominent force in the Nation's Capital.
On February 1, 2020, Daroff will become the Chief Executive Officer of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. In that capacity, he will be the senior professional guiding the Conference’s agenda on behalf of the 51 national member organizations, which represent the wide mosaic of American Jewish life.
Named by the Forward newspaper as being among the fifty most influential Jews in America, Daroff guides the Jewish community’s advocacy efforts on the Federation movement’s key policy issues. He is a key player in foreign policy circles – advising policymakers and elected officials on Jewish communal concerns, namely those related to the US-Israel relationship, the Middle East conflict, and efforts to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. He is also a leader in the worldwide fight to combat the assault on Israel’s legitimacy, creating and overseeing the Federation movement’s Israel Action Network, and serving on both the steering committee of the Prime Minister of Israel’s global task force and the Conference of Presidents’ working group.
In addition to his focus on foreign relations, Daroff is also a leader on domestic policy issues, principally on health and human services, such as Medicare and Medicaid, long-term care, and policies affecting older Americans, including Holocaust Survivors, as well as homeland security programs and strengthening the capacity of charities to care for those in need.
Daroff is also a social networking pioneer and evangelist. In April 2016, the JTA news service named him the most influential person on “Jewish Twitter” (Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu followed in the second slot). Follow him at @Daroff.
Daroff received his Bachelor’s Degree (summa cum laude) in Political Science & History, Master’s Degree in Political Science, and Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in his hometown of Cleveland, OH. He is an adjunct Professor at George Washington University.
He lives in suburban Washington, DC, with his wife, Heidi Krizer Daroff, and their two children. The couple met in Krakow, Poland, while studying at Jagiellonian University, from which they both received certificates in the history of Eastern European Jewry and the Holocaust.