Gary P. Ratner is the executive director of the Zionist Organization of America. He previously served as the Western Regional Director of the American Jewish Congress for nine years, countering anti-Jewish and anti-Israel environment on US campuses. He has been the leader of many Jewish organizations both in the US and Israel, including begin a member of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University, the board of the Chicago Jewish Federation, the Executive Committee of AIPAC, and the National Committee for an Effective Congress.
Mr. Ratner was a consultant to Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews to develop Jewish support for the fellowship and their humanitarian projects in Russia and the FIS as well as Israel in 1999.
Mr. Ratner received his master’s degree in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington and Bologna, Italy, his B.A. from Northwestern University. He also studied at Concordia College in Montreal, the Sorbonne in Paris, and two years as a law student at Georgetown.