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Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the US

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Administrative Staff
Research Staff

Administrative Staff

Kenneth L. Klothen was appointed Executive Director of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States by the Commission's Chair, Edgar M. Bronfman, in December, 1998.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Klothen served as General Counsel to the Corporation for National Service, the federal agency that administers domestic national service programs including AmeriCorps. Before that, Ken was President of TADD International, a consulting firm specializing in international development matters, law reform and the fostering of civil society in developing countries. Mr. Klothen has also served as Executive Director of Defense for Children International-USA, an organization engaged in monitoring and advocacy on behalf of children's rights.

The son of Holocaust survivors, Mr. Klothen earned his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He earned an M.A. in History from Princeton University. Mr. Klothen has served as an Adjunct Professor of human rights law at the University of Pennsylvania, Case Western Reserve and Widener Law Schools. He is an elected public official, serving as Vice President of the Borough Council of his hometown of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He has also served on the executive boards of the National Jewish Democratic Council, the Philadelphia Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and Americans for Peace Now.

Eugene Sofer, Deputy Director, was Director of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations for the Corporation for National Service as from 1993 to 1999. He worked in the House of Representatives from 1980 to 1993, serving as a senior member of the staffs of the Committee on Education and Labor, the Committee on the Budget, and Representative Stephen J. Solarz of New York. Dr. Sofer was also a Research Associate for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of California Los Angeles and is the author of the book From Pale to Pampa: A Social History of the Jews of Buenos Aires and numerous scholarly articles.

Lynda S. Mounts, General Counsel to the Commission, served as Deputy and Acting General Counsel of the American Trucking Associations from 1993 to 1999. Prior to 1993, she was a partner in the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Ms. Mounts earned her M.A. in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles and her J.D. from the University of Colorado.

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