Herbert Block is the Executive Director of the American Zionist Movement, a role he has served in since 2017. Block is the former Assistant Executive Vice President of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, where he was responsible for the Government Affairs and Property Restitution portfolios at the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian organization. He has served on boards addressing Holocaust-era assets, property restitution, compensation for Shoah survivors, and the preservation of Jewish heritage sites and cemeteries in Europe and the United States.
He was previously Assistant to the Mayor of the City of New York, Assistant Director of the New York City Independent Budget Office, and a Deputy Director at the Federal Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps). Block previously served as a Member of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad from 2011 to 2019, to which he was appointed for three terms by President Obama. He received a BA from Columbia University and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.