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November 10, 2014

White House Aide Tapped to Lead Major Jewish-Rights Group

Jonathan Greenblatt, a special assistant to President Obama focusing on social innovation, has been named to head the Anti-Defamation League, the world's best-known organization combating anti-Semitism, Religion News Service reports. He will succeed Abraham Foxman, who announced in February that he would step down in July 2015 after 27 years leading the anti-discrimination group commonly known as the ADL.

Mr. Greenblatt directs the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, which the Obama administration established in July 2009. A onetime ADL intern, he founded the online volunteer database All for Good, social venture Ethos Brands, and an Aspen Institute program focused on public policy and impact investing. He has also worked as a Starbucks executive and was a partner at private-equity firm Satori Capital.