ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP BRUNCH SPEAKER
ISRAEL CANCER ASSOCIATION USA
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Ann and Richard Sommer, and Nancy and
Ellis Jay Parker III, are co-chairing the 2011 Membership
Brunch of Israel Cancer Association USA (ICA USA). The
annual event will be held Sunday, December 11, 2011 at the
Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach. The guest speaker, J. Scott
Carpenter, brings many years of experience as a Middle East
expert to his topic of “Israel: An Asset at a Time of
Revolutionary Change in the Mid-East”.
J. Scott Carpenter is principal at Google Ideas, Google’s
new “think/do” tank, where he focuses on bringing technology
to bear on countering violent extremism and consolidating
democracy in the Arab world. Mr. Carpenter is also an
adjunct scholar at The Washington Institute for Near East
As the Institute's Keston Family fellow from 2007-2011,
Scott was the founding director of Project Fikra, which
focuses on empowering Arab democrats in their struggle
against authoritarianism and extremism. From 2004-2007,
Scott served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, overseeing the Middle East
Partnership Initiative (MEPI). In 2006, he was also named
coordinator for the State Department's Broader Middle East
and North Africa Initiatives. Previously, as Deputy
Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy and Human
Rights, Scott oversaw the bureau's activities related to the
Middle East, China, and Southeast Asia and was a
representative to the Colombia policy coordinating
committee. From May 2003 to July 2004, he served as director
of the governance group for the Coalition Provisional
Authority (CPA) in Baghdad, where he facilitated the
formation of the Iraqi Governing Council and the first
post-Saddam Hussein cabinet, the drafting and signing of
Iraq's interim constitution, and the establishment of the
interim Iraqi government.
Before joining the State Department, Scott
worked with the International Republican Institute (IRI), a
nonprofit organization based in Washington that promotes
democratic development worldwide. During his seven years at
IRI, he established and served as co-director of IRI's
Central and Eastern Europe regional office in Bratislava,
Slovakia, overseeing programming in ten countries from the
Baltics to the Balkans, including Turkey.
Scott has an M.S. in economics and European studies from
Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International
Studies, is married and has two sons.
Israel Cancer Association continues to lead the way in
groundbreaking cancer research by Israel’s extraordinary
scientists. But because ICA receives no government funding,
it must rely on private donations to support the fellowships
presented to these brilliant scientists. For more
information about the 2011 ICA USA Membership Brunch,
contact Jill Cooper at
Israel Cancer Association USA, (561) 832-9277.
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Israel Cancer Association USA (ICA USA) is a nonprofit 501
(c) (3) organization established in 1994 in Palm Beach,
Florida. The main mission is to raise funds for fellowships
that support cancer research conducted by brilliant
scientists at 38 hospitals, universities and institutions in
Israel for Israel Cancer Association (ICA).
In addition to fellowships for finding cancer cures,
fundraising efforts also support other vital treatment/care
projects operated by ICA throughout the country.
ICA is the largest and oldest health-related
organization in Israel.