Joel D. Tauber has been involved in Jewish philanthropy for more than 40 years as president of the Detroit Federation, chairman of the United Jewish Communities, and vice chairman of the United Jewish Appeal Young Leadership Cabinet. He also works with Operation Promise and Tel Aviv University, where he sponsors a program for Ethiopians. He is a member of the Aspen Institute’s strategy group on the Middle East and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Highlights of Joel’s Jewish involvement include greeting planeloads of Russian immigrants, participating in the momentous occasion of 12,000 Ethiopians arriving in Israel in one May 1991 weekend, and being present at the signing of a peace accord between the Palestinians, Israel, and Jordan. Aside from his Jewish involvement, Joel is a former officer of United Way Community Services and the Greater Detroit Interfaith Roundtable of Christians, Jews and Muslims. At the University of Michigan, he created the Tauber Institute for Global Operations, is active in the law school and athletic department, and is a founding member of the president’s advisory committee. He is also on the board of the Taubman Institute. Finally, he is chairman of the campaign to save the Detroit Zoo. In Israel, Joel set up a joint venture in plastic water container manufacturing with Kibbutz Yakum. Joel was Ernst & Young’s Master Entrepreneur of the Year in 1990 and a Michigan Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year in 1994.
President, Tauber Enterprises LLC; Founder, Tauber Institute for Global Operations, University of Michigan