October 11, 2012 – Los Angeles – Rabbi Mark Diamond has been named Director of AJC's Los Angeles Regional Office. He succeeds Seth Brysk, who left AJC after five years of service.
“We are fortunate to have such a passionate advocate to lead our organization in advancing the well-being of the Jewish people and democratic values for all,” said AJC Los Angeles President Clifford P. Goldstein. "Rabbi Diamond is widely respected by both the Jewish community and the community at large.”
Diamond is a leader in collaborative interfaith projects and president of the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders.
"I am delighted and honored to join AJC as director in Los Angeles,” said Diamond. “I look forward to working together with AJC leadership to strengthen our global and domestic advocacy efforts."
Prior to AJC, Diamond directed the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, a multi-denominational organization of 330 rabbis, and served on the senior management team of he Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. He founded the acclaimed America Online internet forum “Ask a Rabbi”, created the Los Angeles Jewish Federation’s Interreligious Action Center, and served as a rabbi for congregations in metropolitan San Francisco, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York.
Diamond received his rabbinic ordination, Master of Arts in Jewish Studies, and Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He also studied in the Rabbinic Management Program of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, where he is a senior rabbinic fellow.