We are pleased to announce that the Anne Frank Center USA’s board has elected Peter Rapaport as its new Chair. Peter succeeds Deborah Chapin and Paul D. Kaplan. Mr. Kaplan will continue to serve as Chair Emeritus, and Mrs. Chapin will remain on the Advisory Board and Spirit of Anne Frank Award committee.
We want to thank Ms. Chapin and Mr. Kaplan for their outstanding leadership and the valuable contributions as Co-Chairs over the past years.
Peter Rapaport is a private wealth manager with Maxim Group, an investment company based in Manhattan, and has been a board member of the Anne Frank Center USA for two years.
Peter is a former Chair of the American Red Cross, Greater New York Region, and is a long-standing board member of that organization. He also serves on the board of the American Folk Art Museum, in New York City.
Through the Rapaport Family Charitable Trust, Peter and his wife Elisa support numerous human services organizations, including the Trevor Project, the Himalayan Health Organization, and the National Park Foundation, among others.
Peter has a BA (1973), cum laude, with honors in mathematics and psychology, from the University of Pennsylvania, 1973. He has an MA (1977) and PhD (1979) in psychology, from the University of Colorado. He has an MBA (1982) from Portland State University.
Peter and Elisa have two children and reside in Pennsylvania.
“I am honored and excited to be taking on the role of Chair of this essential organization. The Center’s mission to use the diary and spirit of Anne Frank to educate about the dangers of intolerance, antisemitism, racism and discrimination are now more important than ever. I am hopeful that my leadership experience will contribute to the Anne Frank Center USA’s future successes.”
We would like to welcome our new Chair and wish him every success in shaping the Center’s future.