Inaugural Neil Sandberg Memorial Lecture with Ambassador Dennis Ross

Thursday, September 6, 2018 6:30pm

2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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Through the generous support of the Martin Gang Institute for Intergroup Relations, and Madeline and Bruce Ramer (former AJC National President and LMU Trustee), AJC Los Angeles is proud to inaugurate the Neil Sandberg Memorial Lecture as part of its Kaufman Family Annual Meeting.

Dr. Neil C. Sandberg, a pioneer in intercommunity affairs and coalition building, spent his career serving the mission of the American Jewish Committee.  Dr. Sandberg was AJC's Western Region Director from 1968 to 1990, and founded its Asia Pacific Institute in 1989. He was the longest serving director of the Martin Gang Institute for Intergroup Relations, which is jointly administered by AJC Los Angeles and LMU Extension.

For Information
Please contact Mr. Dan Wentzel, AJC Los Angeles, at 310.282.8080 or

About the Ambassasor Ross
Ambassador Dennis Ross is counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Prior to returning to the Institute in 2011, he served two years as special assistant to President Obama and National Security Council senior director for the Central Region, and a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

For more than twelve years, Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and dealing directly with the parties in negotiations. A highly skilled diplomat, Ambassador Ross was U.S. point man on the peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. He was instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians to reach the 1995 Interim Agreement. He successfully brokered the 1997 Hebron Accord, and facilitated the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty.

Ambassador Ross worked closely with Secretaries of State James Baker, Warren Christopher, and Madeleine Albright. Prior to his service as special Middle East coordinator under President Clinton, Ambassador Ross served as director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff in the first Bush administration. During the Reagan administration, he served as director of Near East and South Asian affairs on the National Security Council staff and deputy director of the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment. 

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