Distinguished Honoree at The New Jewish Home’s Eight Over Eighty Gala in 2017
The New Jewish Home mourns the passing of Vernon Jordan. We were grateful to be able to honor Mr. Jordan in 2017 at our Eight over Eighty Gala. Please watch this wonderful short video from the 2017 gala.
Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. was an attorney, civil rights leader and business consultant. He held many important positions, including, Senior Managing Director of Lazard Frères & Co. LLC in New York; Senior Executive Partner with the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP; President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Urban League, Inc.; Executive Director of the United Negro College Fund, Inc.; Director of the Voter Education Project of the Southern Regional Council; Attorney-Consultant, U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity; Assistant to the Executive Director of the Southern Regional Council; Georgia Field Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and an attorney in private practice in Arkansas and Georgia.
Mr. Jordan also received several prestigious presidential appointments: the President’s Advisory Committee for the Points of Light Initiative Foundation; the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on South Africa; the Advisory Council on Social Security; the Presidential Clemency Board; the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission; the National Advisory Committee on Selective Service; and the Council of the White House Conference “To Fulfill These Rights.” In 1992, Mr. Jordan served as the Chairman of the Clinton Presidential Transition Team.