Who We Are
Founders + Judges
Ellen Bronfman Hauptman
Ellen Bronfman Hauptman is Co-Chairman of Andell Inc., a private investment firm and family office that she controls with her husband, Andrew Hauptman. Andell invests directly in private and public companies as well as in real estate.
Ellen is deeply involved in numerous philanthropic pursuits, having launched a number of programs and initiatives. She is a Co-Founder of the Bronfman Hauptman Foundation which is dedicated to social justice, advancements in education, and environmental protection, and supports many other philanthropic and civic causes. She is also a Co-Founder and Board Member of City Year Los Angeles, an education-focused nonprofit that engages young people from diverse backgrounds for a year of full-time community service in our nation’s most challenged schools. She also helped create Andell Family Sundays, an initiative to involve low-income families and children in the arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Ellen is passionate about the environment being a member of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Los Angeles Leadership Council and Conservation International’s Leadership Council. She is also a member of Visionary Women’s Visionary Circle. Previously, Ellen worked as a producer and film buyer for documentary and feature films at Cineplex Odeon, a North American-based theatrical exhibitor. She is a graduate of Yale University.
Andrew Hauptman is an American business executive, philanthropist, and civic leader and Chairman of Andell Holdings, a private investment firm and family office he controls with his wife, Ellen Bronfman Hauptman. Andell invests directly in private and public companies and real estate, acquiring control and minority stakes, as well as with top-tier investment managers across the globe. Since co-founding the firm in 1998, Andrew has grown Andell into one of the leading family office entities in the nation.
Andrew currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Altas Partners and Pendulum Holdings and has been a director of numerous public and private companies, including BSN Sports, Dick Clark Productions, Koor Industries, Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Storage Mobility (PODS), and Canyon Ranch Holdings, amongst others. From 2007 to 2019, Andrew was the Owner and Chairman of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire Soccer Club. Under his leadership, the club experienced dramatic growth, expanding its global reach and increasing the franchise value more than eleven-fold. The Club was also consistently recognized for its deep community engagement and in 2019 received the ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award. Additionally, Andrew led a successful and complex multi-year effort to re-locate the team back to the city of Chicago and Soldier Field. In 2017, he was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.
Andrew is deeply engaged across a host of philanthropic and civic initiatives. He is a Board Member of the Center for American Progress, the independent policy institute committed to improving the lives of Americans through bold progressive ideas and leadership. For more than twelve years, Andrew served as a National Trustee for City Year Inc., an education nonprofit that recruits young adults to serve as AmeriCorps members in public schools, and was elected Charter Trustee in 2020. He also co-founded and led the effort to bring City Year to Los Angeles in 2007, where he served as Chairman for nine years and continues as Chair Emeritus. He serves on the Leadership Council of Service Year Alliance and is a Co-Chair of the organization’s “Serve America Together” campaign, which called on 2020 presidential candidates to make national service a priority – a topic about which he has authored many published op-eds. His personal connection to public service stems from early experiences participating in social service programs in Latin American (Belize) and Sub-Saharan Africa (Lesotho), working on various community-based projects. Andrew is also on the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, the Leadership Council of International Medical Corps, and served as President of the Chicago Fire Foundation for twelve years. He co-founded and serves as Director of the Bronfman Hauptman Foundation, which is dedicated to social justice, advancements in education, and environmental protection, and supports many other philanthropic and civic causes. He is a co-founder and Trustee of the Charles Bronfman Prize, which recognizes young humanitarians whose work is grounded in their Jewish values and is of universal benefit to all people.
Earlier in his career, Andrew was a senior executive with Universal Studios in London and played a key role in the oversight of its international operations. He produced feature films through Andell Entertainment, including “State of Play,” starring Russell Crowe and “Millions,” directed by Danny Boyle. Andrew also worked in restructurings and mergers and acquisitions at Alex. Brown & Sons in New York.
Andrew holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Stephen Bronfman is the Executive Chairman of Claridge Inc., where he has spent more than 20 years guiding the firm’s investment strategy and seeking out unique business opportunities both locally and globally. He is equally committed to environmental, cultural and community causes and, with his wife, Claudine, co-chairs the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation.
Mr. Bronfman is also the Chief Revenue Officer of the Liberal Party of Canada and sits on the boards of the Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary and the David Suzuki Foundation. In addition, he serves as a member of Christie’s American Advisory Board.
At Claridge, Mr. Bronfman focuses on ventures with solid management and operational credentials, partnering with businesses to achieve long-term value and growth. Investing in sectors ranging from real estate to entertainment, he has led Claridge to strong partnerships and distinct market opportunities with many notable successes.
Under his leadership, both Claridge and his family foundation continue to seek opportunities for achieving exceptional results in the economic and social spheres. He serves as a Director for the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
Claudine Blondin Bronfman
Claudine Blondin Bronfman is a committed philanthropist and seasoned marketing executive. Trained as a brand marketing manager over an almost ten-year career at Molson Coors Brewing Company, Claudine won accolades for repositioning brands and accelerating sales.
Today she puts her marketing expertise and savvy to work as a Director on several boards, where she oversees organizations focused on creativity, whether related to the development of new technology, innovation in sustainable business practices or the promotion of contemporary art. Claudine is Co-Chair of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation and sits on the boards of C2-MTL, Notman House and Stingray Digital Group Inc. She is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, in recognition of her significant contributions and achievements.
The Honorable Rosalie Silberman Abella
Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004, after serving on the Ontario Court of Appeal for 12 years. She practiced civil and criminal litigation until she was appointed to the Ontario Family Court in 1976. She subsequently chaired the Ontario Law Reform Commission and the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
Justice Abella was the sole Commissioner and author of the 1984 Royal Commission Report on Equality in Employment, creating the term and concept of “employment equity.” She was the Boulton Visiting Professor at McGill Law School from 1988 to 1992, where she taught jurisprudence, administrative law, and constitutional law. She was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, and is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in classical piano. She has served as a judge for the Giller Literary Prize, has written more than 90 articles and written or co-edited four books on a wide variety of legal topics. In addition, she chaired the Rhodes Selection Committee for Ontario. She holds 39 honorary degrees. Justice Abella is married to Canadian history professor Irving Abella and they have two sons, Jacob and Zachary, both lawyers. She is the first Jewish woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada and retired from the Court in 2021.
The Honorable Stuart E. Eizenstat
Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat is Senior Counsel at Covington and Burling LLP, where he heads the firm’s international practice. During a decade and a half of public service in three U.S. administrations, Ambassador Eizenstat held a number of key senior positions, most recently as Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce, Under Secretary of State, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton.
He was a domestic policy adviser to President Carter and a staff member of the Johnson White House. As Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State on Holocaust-Era Issues in the Clinton administration, Ambassador Eizenstat negotiated major agreements with European countries for restitution of property and other compensatory payments resulting from Nazi atrocities. He is published often in the international press and prestigious journals, and is the author of three books — Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II, and The Future of the Jews: How Global Forces Are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel, and Its Relationship with the United States and President Carter: The White House Years. He has received nine honorary degrees and civilian citations from the governments of the United States, France (Legion of Honor), Germany, Austria, Israel and Belgium. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ambassador Eizenstat is a cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Law School. He was married to the late Frances Eizenstat and has two sons and eight grandchildren.
The Honorable Dan Meridor
The Honorable Dan Meridor recently served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy in the Israeli Cabinet. He served as Senior Partner at Haim Zadok and Co., a leading Israeli legal firm. Mr. Meridor was Minister of Strategic Affairs until February 2003. He served as the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset from 1999 to 2001, as Minister of Finance from 1996 to 1997, and as the Minister of Justice from 1988 to 1992.
From 1982 to 1984, Mr. Meridor served as the Secretary of the Cabinet under Prime Ministers Menahem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir. A member of the Knesset between 1984 and 2003, and again from 2009 to 2013, Mr. Meridor served on the Committee of Constitution, Law and Justice, and on the Ethics Committee. He is Captain (res.) in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and fought as a tank commander in the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Israel Museum and as Chairman of the Public Council of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and of The Truman Center for Peace and he is the President of Israel Council on Foreign Relations. From 2003 until he joined the Cabinet in 2009, Mr. Meridor served as Chairman of the Jerusalem Foundation. He is married to Dr. Leora Meridor, an economist, and they have four children.
Professor Amitai Ziv, M.D., M.H.A.
Professor Amitai Ziv, M.D., M.H.A. is the Founder and Director of MSR — the Israel Center for Medical Simulation and Deputy Director of Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer. Influenced by his training as a combat pilot in the Israeli Air Force, he has become a world leader in the field of simulation-based medical education, which aims to improve patient safety.
Simulation is used to enhance the clinical and communication skills of healthcare professionals – training them to make better decisions for their patients, enhancing teamwork, improving responses in emergency settings and extracting invaluable lessons from past errors — without endangering real patients. Professor Ziv is broadly involved in humanitarian initiatives and in developing national training and evaluation programs in collaboration with other social and medical organizations, and has advised the Israeli Defense Forces Medical Corps’ on preparedness for battlefield conditions. Medical centers and organizations around the world have sought him out — including the Mayo Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, McGill University, Albert Einstein Medical Center (Brazil), and the U.S. Department of the Army. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and briefed the Department of Homeland Security on the use of simulation in medical emergency preparedness. He is married to Dr. Margalit Ziv, an education specialist, and they have three children.
Professor Ziv was the recipient of The Charles Bronfman Prize in 2007.
The Honorable James D. Wolfensohn Emeritus
*Of blessed memory
James Wolfensohn has had a long and distinguished career in business, finance and public service, focusing primarily on investment banking and the economic development of emerging market economies. He currently serves as Chairman of Wolfensohn & Company LLC, a private investment firm that advises corporations and governments.
He was Chairman of the Citigroup International Advisory Board from 1995-2005, and an adviser to Citigroup’s senior management on global strategy and international matters. From 1995 to 2005, Sir James served as the ninth President of the World Bank Group. During his ten years in that capacity, he returned the spotlight to the Bank’s true purpose: fighting global poverty and helping the world’s poor forge a better life. He has participated in a wide range of cultural and volunteer activities throughout his life, particularly, the performing arts. He established the Wolfensohn Center, a research initiative at the Brookings Institution centered on global poverty.
Paulette Light is Executive Director of The Charles Bronfman Prize, overseeing the annual nomination, prize review, awarding of the Prize and stewarding the fellowship of former recipients. Paulette has worked as an organizational, search and management consultant. Previously, she co-founded Momstamp, a tech startup that connected people to businesses and services based on friend referrals. She also co-founded Ikar, a synagogue continuously named on Slingshot’s most innovative nonprofits list.
Paulette also has experience in the education sector, serving as chair of the board of Larchmont Charter schools as well as an adjunct professor of Finance for Nonprofits in the MBA Program at American Jewish University. She serves on the Board of Directors of Camp Ramah in California. Paulette is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University, holds a Masters in Education with a degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University and an MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.