Dr. James Zogby

Chair 

Dr. Zogby co-founded the Arab American Institute in 1985 and continues to serve as its president. He is Managing Director of Zogby Research Services (ZRS) engaging in ground-breaking public opinion research across the Middle East.

In addition to holding positions in the Jackson '84 and '88, Gore 2000, Obama 2008, and Sanders 2016 campaigns, Zogby has served on the Democratic National Committee since 1992 and was a member of the DNC's Executive Committee for 16 years. He is Chair of the party's Ethnic Council and most recently and notably served on the Unity and Reform Commission.  

Dr. Zogby was appointed by President Obama to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom in 2013 and 2015 and twice served as the Commission's Vice-Chair. In addition to writing a weekly column published in 12 countries, Zogby was the creator and host of the award-winning call-in political television show “Viewpoint”. He is frequently featured on national and international media as an expert on Middle East affairs. In 2010, Zogby published the highly-acclaimed book, "Arab Voices". His two 2013 e-books, "Looking at Iran: The Rise and Fall of Iran in Arab Public Opinion" and "20 Years After Oslo" are drawn from his extensive polling across the Middle East with ZRS.