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Foundation to Combat Antisemitism names Tara Levine its first president

The former Converse executive, who holds an M.B.A. from Harvard, has previously managed nonprofits.

#StandUpToJewishHate. Source: Screenshot.
#StandUpToJewishHate. Source: Screenshot.

Tara Levine, who has managed both nonprofits and for-profit companies, including shoe giant Converse, was recently named the first president of the Foundation to combat Antisemitism.

The anti-hate group, which made a blue square the leading symbol of fighting bigotry, was founded by Robert Kraft, a Jewish billionaire and philanthropist. Levine, who will begin on Aug. 28, will report to Kraft.

“Tara has a tremendous amount of experience and success building teams and is a proven expert in innovatively managing the growth of for-profit and nonprofit organizations over the past two decades,” Kraft stated. 

“With her skills, experience and passion for our mission, I am confident in her leadership as we continue to educate and advocate for new ways to combat hate,” Kraft added. “Her experience will help unlock FCAS’ next phase of growth and impact.”

Levine, who holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, was president of Mayfield Advisory, a marketing consultancy firm; senior advisor to Branchfood, which encourages food innovation; and general manager for North America and vice president at the shoe company Converse.

She was also founding director of research and advisory services at Catalyst, which supports women in business, and was a board member at the International Women’s Forum of Massachusetts.

“We are at an inflection point where the rise in antisemitism and hate must be checked,” Levine stated in a release. “Robert Kraft and FCAS have created a rare platform to activate the upstanders and invite those sitting on the sidelines to join the conversation and speak on behalf of our shared humanity and commonalities.”

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