Sam Grundwerg Ex-Officio

SAM GRUNDWERG was appointed World Chairman of Keren Hayesod – UIA (United Israel Appeal) in November of 2018. Prior to this, he was appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles, and served from 2016 to 2018 as the senior representative of the State of Israel to the Southwestern United States.

Immediately before becoming Consul General, Mr. Grundwerg served as Director General in Israel for the World Jewish Congress (WJC), an international organization representing Jewish communities in over 100 countries to governments, parliaments and other international organizations. As the head of WJC's operations in Israel, Mr. Grundwerg advanced the overall mission of the WJC to strengthen and support Jewish communities around the world, as well as the State of Israel and the Jewish People.

Before joining the World Jewish Congress, Mr. Grundwerg worked as an attorney at a major international law firm in the United States and held positions in the fields of law and finance in the United States and Israel. He earned his Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Miami School of Law and holds an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Miami School of Business, as well as an undergraduate degree from Bar Ilan University.

Born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida, Mr. Grundwerg fulfilled a lifelong dream and moved to Israel in 1990 and made Aliyah soon afterward. Once in Israel, he served as a combat soldier in the IDF armored corps as a tank gunner, and currently serves in the IDF reserves as a casualty officer.

Mr. Grundwerg is married to Julia, a nurse. The couple has three children, Elisha, Felicia and Sarita.