In this time of tremendous cultural and political upheaval, myriad reasons are being offered as excuses for efforts to withdraw from any attempt to find common ground between those of differing backgrounds. Few seem up to the task of simultaneously harmonizing relations between the races and encouraging a sense of pride of one’s own heritage. For this job, Adam Milstein is the man we need.
A natural-born Israeli–born in Haifa, Israel in 1952—Adam has stayed true to his roots: he began his mandatory service in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in 1971 and served during the 1973 Yom Kippur War without hesitation. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree from the Technion–Israeli Institute of Technology–in 1978 in the field of Business and Economics.
Adam’s career really began to take off after he migrated to the United States. Shortly after arriving in 1981 he earned an MBA in Entrepreneurship from USC. Immediately after, Adam began his involvement in what would begin a long and fruitful career in commercial real estate. Since 1983 he has worked with Hager Pacific Properties, a private commercial real estate investment firm which manages a portfolio of properties worth over two billion dollars. From this humble genesis, he has climbed the ladder to achieving the title of Managing Partner at the same company. Truly, though, Adam’s involvement in the Jewish community is what has earned him his mark as a man who has used his position for good.
Adam seems to have a knack for bringing his native community together, both physically and in purpose. Together with his wife Gila, he has co-founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation. This organization’s twofold mission is to both strengthen the State of Israel and its ties with the United States and to ensure the special affinity young and future Jewish generations have to the State of Israel.
Besides his personal efforts, Adam has dedicated himself to promoting the values of likeminded organizations which seek to encourage the loyalty of American Jewish youth to their cultural heritage. He presently sits on the board of several organizations, including the Israeli-American Council, StandWithUs, Israel on Campus Coalition, Hasbara Fellowships, and the Birthright and AIPAC National Council.