New Executive Director Joins American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science

News Release • TAGS: Leadership

CHICAGO, IL—January 5, 2009—The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science announced that Lee J. Brown will assume the office of Executive Director of its Midwest Region. The Weizmann Institute of Science is one of the world’s foremost centers of science and technology research; it is located in Rehovot, Israel. Its American Committee cultivates awareness of and support for the Institute in the United States.

Lee Brown brings to the position nearly three decades of experience in Chicago- and greater Midwest-area organizations focused on health, science, humanity, and personal development. As Vice President of Sinai Health System (encompassing Chicago’s Mt. Sinai Hospital, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, Mt. Sinai Children’s Hospital, Sinai Community Institute, and the Sinai Urban Health Institute), he was responsible for the structure and administration of the organization’s Department of Development, and also laid the groundwork for a $20 million capital campaign, its first in 20 years. Previously, Mr. Brown had been Director of Development for the Upper Midwest/Chicago Region of the Anti-Defamation League. He also worked for the American Cancer Society, The Salvation Army, and Boy Scouts of America.

In his role as Executive Director of the Midwest Region, Mr. Brown will advocate for the Weizmann Institute of Science and advance its mission of “Science for the Benefit of Humanity” in Chicago and the Midwestern United States. He will focus his efforts on enhancing and cultivating relationships with major donors in the area and recruiting new and diverse volunteer leadership in order to promote visibility of and support for the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Mr. Brown received his B.A. in Public Service from Northern Illinois University.

The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (ACWIS), founded in 1944, develops philanthropic support for the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, one of the world's premier scientific research institutions. The Weizmann Institute is a center of multidisciplinary scientific research and graduate study, addressing crucial problems in medicine and health, technology, energy, agriculture, and the environment. For additional information, please visit