We are grateful to have a dedicated group of renowned attorneys, environmental policy experts, educators and business leaders from the United States who have committed themselves to the mission and activities of Adam Teva V’Din. Our American Friends Association, otherwise known as Friends of Israel's Environment (FIE) is chaired by Mike Gildesgame. To date, FIE has a network of representatives in Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC and New York City.
*Friends of Israel's Environment (FIE) is a non-profit 501(c) organiztion. Federal #58-1959151.
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It is only due to the ongoing support and active involvement of these eminent individuals that we are able to promote our vision for a safe, just and resilient future for Israel among members of the Jewish community at large.
Mike Gildesgame - Boston
Mike Gildesgame is Chair of the FIE Board. He has worked for 30 years in natural resources project management and program administration. From 1987 to 2007, he served as Director of the Office of Water Resources in the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. More recently, he was the Southern New England Policy Manager for the Appalachian Mountain Club, developing policies and advocacy positions to protect the region’s forests, waters, and other resources. Currently he is involved in a number of environmental mediation projects.
Philip Warburg - Boston
Philip Warburg has served as President of the Conservation Law Foundation, New England’s leading environmental advocacy group, and as Executive Director of the Israel Union for Environmental Defense. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he currently writes about U.S. energy policy and has recently authored Harvest the Wind: America’s Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Stability.
Evan Kaizer - Los Angeles
Evan Kaizer is currently Treasurer and past Chairman of the FIE Board. He is President of the Sieroty Company, a commercial real estate company based in Los Angeles. Evan Chairs the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles' Environmental Initiatives Committee of the Los Angeles - Tel Aviv Partnership.
Arthur Kreiger - Boston
Arthur Kreiger has more than 30 years of experience as an environmental, land use and municipal lawyer. He is a partner and co-founder of Anderson & Kreiger LLP, a leading environmental law practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Arthur graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and earned his JD with honors from Columbia Law School.
Howard Learner - Chicago
Howard Learner is Vice Chair and former Chair of the FIE Board. He is an experienced public interest attorney and serves as the Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center, the Midwest's leading environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. Howard is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Michigan.
Daniel Rosenblum - New York
Dan Rosenblum is Secretary of the FIE Board. He is founder of the Carbon Tax Center based in New York has worked for over thirteen years as an energy and environmental attorney advocating for increased energy efficiency and the expanded use of renewable energy. He is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law.
Jonathan Zasloff - Los Angeles
Jonathan Zasloff teaches law at UCLA. He is a graduate of Yale Law School, holds a PhD in the history of American foreign policy from Harvard and an M.Phil. from Cambridge University. His interests focus on the response of public institutions to social problems and the role of ideology in framing policy responses.
Herb Levy - Florida and New York
Herb Levy is Senior Vice President North America for Matrix Source International, where he is a widely respected sourcing executive. After beginning his career in the banking industry in 1964, he transitioned to the promotional products industry in 1973 and has subsequently maintained an international pre-eminent leadership position. For the last twenty years his focus has been strategic Asian sourcing, in particular from China. He has been a frequent speaker both domestically and internationally on a variety of business issues. Herb and his wife Ellen have three children and two grandchildren. They maintain homes in Hartsdale, New York and Delray Beach, Florida. His interests include golf and Jewish and environmental issues and his charitable contributions are focused on Jewish and environmental organizations.
Brian Israel - Washington, DC
Brian Israel is an attorney at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP where he serves as chair of the firm's Environmental practice group. Mr. Israel's practice focuses broadly on environmental litigation and counseling and he is one of the nation's leading lawyers for Natural Resource Damages (NRD) claims. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Israel was an Honors Trial Attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the US Department of Justice (DOJ). While at the DOJ, he handled several high-profile environmental cases, including a large Natural Resource Damages claim related to the impacts of dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) disposal. Mr. Israel lives in Washington DC.
Honorable Alan Sieroty, Los Angeles, CA
Honorable Henry Waxman, Washington DC & Los Angeles, CA