David Kurzmann joined the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit (JCRC) as its executive director in October 2015 after spending nearly a decade working in the Chicago Jewish community.
In July 2016, JCRC formed a partnership with American Jewish Committee (AJC) to better serve the Detroit community. David now directs JCRC/AJC: A Partnership for Community Relations and Jewish Advocacy.
Prior to joining JCRC/AJC, David worked as assistant regional director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Regional Office. At ADL, David coordinated and facilitated the agency’s Confronting Anti-Semitism and Words to Action programs, which empower Jewish students to address bias in their communities. His responsibilities also included campus outreach, law enforcement initiatives, Jewish communal security programs, and the Glass Leadership Institute – a nationally recognized young leadership development program. Before working at ADL, he served as program assistant at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, where he helped coordinate the museum’s grand opening and later facilitated public programs for diverse audiences.
He currently serves on the boards of the Interfaith Community Leadership Council (IFLC) and New Detroit. David holds a B.A. in Hebrew and Jewish cultural studies and political science from the University of Michigan.