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Karen P. Marcus Joins AFTAU as Senior Director for the Southeast Region
Monday, October 28, 2019 10:47:00 AM

Passionate advocate for Israel brings leadership experience and talent for collaboration to the position

American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU) is pleased to announce that Karen P. Marcus has joined the organization as its Senior Director for the Southeast Region, based in Aventura, FL.

Ms. Marcus comes to AFTAU after three years as the Miami Area Director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), where she managed the fundraising and development for their $4 million annual campaign. Among other activities, she was responsible for building substantive relationships with major investors and cultivating prospective contributors through parlor meetings, national conferences, and one-on-one conversations.

"Karen's enthusiasm and love for education and the state of Israel, as well as her deep knowledge and affection for the Florida Jewish community, make her a perfect fit for AFTAU's plans for future growth," said Jennifer Gross, CEO of AFTAU. "We're proud to have her representing us."

"My philanthropic philosophy is inspired by the Talmudic teaching that 'Whoever saves a single life, saves, as it were, the entire world,'" Ms. Marcus said. "My mission is to encourage others to join me, knowing that together we can change the world one life at a time."

Ms. Marcus has also been an executive/corporate/life coach since 2003, focusing on leadership, personal transformation, dynamic communication, and organizational change. She provides coaching, consulting, and facilitated programs to help leadership adapt to and win at new and higher levels of performance.

Ms. Marcus has served on several non-profit boards. She is a Wexner Heritage Foundation Fellow and was the recipient of several leadership awards. She had previously served as the Israel and Overseas Director for the South Palm Beach Jewish Federation. Karen was also a proud member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet for the United Jewish Communities (UJC)/JFNA, chairing the National Cabinet in 1996-1997.

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