About Gregg Roman
- Gregg Roman is Director of the Middle East Forum
- Worked in Israel’s Defense and Foreign Ministries as well as at the Interdisciplinary Center (in Herzliya, Israel)
- Expert on Middle East issues
- Former International Law Institute’s Inter-University Center for Legal Studies
- Former Research Director on Information Warfare and Cyber-Terrorism
- National Security Studies at the American University (in Washington)
- Formerly served as head of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation in Pittsburgh.
Gregg Roman is Director of the Middle East Forum (MEF). As Director, Gregg functions as the Chief Operations Officer for the organization. He is responsible for oversight of day to day management, public affairs and financial resource development for the organization. He has spoken to venues around the world about the Middle East and often appears on television and in print. Gregg is a contributor to The Hill and has been published by the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Daily Caller and The Forward and dozens of other publications. He is a frequent guest commentator on Middle East issues on i24 News.
Prior to beginning his tenure as Director of MEF, Gregg served as Director of the Community Relations Council (CRC) for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. In 2014, Gregg was named one of the 10 most inspiring global Jewish leaders by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. He was responsible for the public affairs strategy, policy making, intergroup relations programming and Israel advocacy initiatives for the Federation. Under Gregg’s leadership, the CRC was the recipient of the 2013 Jewish Council for Public Affairs Program Excellence Award for innovative programming with Pittsburgh’s African American community. Gregg was also an adjunct lecturer of scenario planning at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business.
Immediately preceding his arrival to Pittsburgh, Gregg served as the senior political advisor to Danny Ayalon, Deputy Foreign Minister of the State of Israel. He was responsible for the Minister’s relationships with global Jewish organizations, new immigrant advocacy and national interest groups. Gregg also founded a political and strategic communications firm, Praetorian LLP. Some of his clients included the Knesset, Prime Minister’s Office, and Ministries of Education, Foreign Affairs and Public Diplomacy.
Gregg serves in the reserves of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a Staff Sergeant in Unit 8900. During his IDF service, Gregg served in the Gaza periphery and Judea and Samaria. He was an international humanitarian aid coordination specialist in the Office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories at the Israeli Ministry of Defense. He is a veteran of Operation Cast Lead and the Second Lebanon War. In addition, he authored several of the Israeli government’s responses to the Goldstone Report and the Turkel commission and developed and implemented policies and programs at the highest levels of the Israeli government.
Gregg moved to Israel in 2006 where he served as an emergency responder in the National Fire Service in Northern Israel and as a spokesperson for the Jewish Agency during the Second Lebanon War. He was the recipient of the Heseg Fellowship at the Lauder School program for Government, Strategy and Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Gregg also served as the Director of Development and Communications for the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, a think tank, at the university.