Professional Background


Ira N. Forman

Former Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism

United States Department of State – 2013 - 2017

Ira Forman was sworn in as the State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism
Speaking_at_induction_new_Board_of_Trustees_U.S._Holocaust_Memorial_Museum.jpeg(SEAS) on May 20, 2013, serving until January 2017. As the Department’s advocate on behalf of Jewish communities, he traveled to five continents and over 30 countries. As SEAS, he was responsible for proposing and coordinating the government’s strategies to counter anti-Semitism. This included:

  • Informing the Department on the current state of anti-Semitism as well as acting as a spokesman on policies to counter international anti-Semitism,
  • Tracking worldwide anti-Semitism on an ongoing basis and assisting in editing of the Department’s Human Rights and International Religious Freedom reports,
  • Working closely with U.S. Embassies and Consulates as well as State Department bureaus to provide guidance and protect Jewish communities,
  • Organizing with NGOs, religious leaders, parliamentarians and other stakeholders to advance U.S. policy and counter anti-Semitic incidents,
  • Collaborating with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations as well as our Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to implement programs and policies to counter anti-Semitic activity.

While at the State Department, Mr. Forman was in great demand as a speaker addressing more than 200 audiences.

Professional Career

Mr. Forman has a distinguished record of service to the nation and to the Jewish community:
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor at Georgetown University for the 2017-2018 School Year
  • From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Forman was Obama for America’s Jewish Outreach Director,
  • For nearly 15 years, he served as the National Jewish Democratic Council’s Executive Director,
  • For four years was the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Political Director and Congressional Legislative Liaison,
  • In the Clinton Administration, he was the Director of Congressional Relations for the Office of Personnel Management,
  • He also has served on the boards of numerous Jewish non-profit organizations,
  • Throughout his career he has spoken and written extensively on Jewish history and public policy.


Mr. Forman co-edited and wrote for the reference book, Jews In American Politics. Of it, Jewish Virtual Library said:


Much is said and written about the role of Jews in American politics, but remarkably few books have attempted to examine the subject with any intellectual rigor. This collection of essays joins that small category of books that presents more facts than supposition, and quantifies the Jewish contribution rather than simply offer subjective judgments….it is not only well-written, but balanced.

He has written articles for the Encyclopedia Judaica. He also staffed and helped edit the volume, Democrats and the American Idea in his role as a Fellow in American Politics and the Economy at the Center for National Policy.


Mr. Forman received a B.A. from Harvard University graduating Magna Cum Laude in Government. He received a M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Ira his wife and his three children live in Washington, DC.