Washington, May 1 – The Israel Project (TIP), a non-partisan organization that provides educational information about Israel and the Middle East, announced the appointment of Cathy Bolinger as Interim Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi. Bolinger joined the organization in 2005 when it had a staff of 14 and a budget of $3.4 million. Today its staff numbers nearly 70 in Washington and Jerusalem, and its budget stands at $11 million. As Chief Operating and Financial Officer, she has since been responsible for TIP’s day-to-day operations.
Bolinger fell in love with Israel when, as a USO leader, she first visited the US Sixth Fleet Naval base in Haifa in 1988 and immediately became connected to the Israeli people and the country.
“Cathy has been instrumental in our organization’s tremendous growth in such a short period of time as the right-hand to its founder and president, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi,” said TIP chairman Len Leader. “Cathy has played a critical role in TIP’s expansion and in our many successful endeavors.”
Bolinger is assuming her new position at TIP following Mizrahi’s retirement from the organization she founded ten years ago and has led ever since. TIP Board member Richard Perry is heading the search committee to find Mizrahi’s successor.
“It’s a tremendous comfort to know that Cathy’s commitment, enormous capabilities and breadth of knowledge enable her to seamlessly pick up our organization’s reins of leadership,” Leader added. “We can continue our important work -- getting out the facts about Israel and the Middle East -- at the same high level without any lag during our transition period.
“The Israel Project’s experienced management team under Cathy’s leadership will maintain TIP’s role as the ‘go-to’ place for reporters and policy-makers to get these facts,” Leader noted.
Bolinger’s service to the non-profit community spans nearly four decades and includes serving as COO of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and as the first CFO/Assistant Treasurer for the United Service Organizations. At the USO, she directed all business and financial management activities for its world headquarters and 31 overseas centers. Bolinger also served as executive vice president/COO of the Private Sector Council/Research Center for Government Financial Management in Washington, DC, collaborating with CEOs and CFOs from more than 75 Fortune 100 and 500 companies and with senior executive from more than 20 federal government departments.
Bolinger, a native of South Bend, Indiana, lives in Washington, DC