Donald M. Landis, an attorney who was chairman of the board of United Credit Corporation, is a past member of the national Board of Governors and a past president of the Westchester Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Born in New York City, he graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. A member of the bar in both New York and New Jersey, he was a partner in Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz and later of counsel to that firm. In 1964 he served as an attorney in Louisiana with the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee, an affiliate of the Congress of Racial Equality.
He presently resides in both Westchester and Jerusalem. He is a past board member and officer of American Friends of Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the American Zionist Movement, ARZA-World Union for Progressive Judaism, The Bible Lands Museum, CLAL, and Westchester Jewish Community Services. He continues to serve on the Boards of his synagogue, Bet Am Shalom, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, the Jewish Outreach Institute, Inc., the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, the Performing Arts Center of Purchase College, of which he is Honorary Permanent Chair, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the Westchester Holocaust and Education Center and the Westchester Jewish Council. He serves on AJC’s Commission on Contemporary Jewish Life.
He and his wife, Betsy, have three children and three grandchildren.