The White House confirmed on Thursday the appointment of Chanan Weissman as its liaison to the American Jewish community.
Weissman's appointment was first reported by Jewish Insider.
Weissman joins the White House after serving in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor as its spokesperson. He replaces Matt Nosanchuk, who held the position through a turbulent period in which much of the American Jewish establishment fought the Obama administration over its nuclear deal with Iran.
Officially holding the title of Associate Director of Public Engagement, Weissman will serve in the post throughout the remainder of Barack Obama's presidency. The position will require Weissman to keep open lines of communication between the White House and an alphabet soup of American Jewish organizations, large and small.
Before entering government, Weissman worked at several communication consultancy firms. He earned degrees from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and the University of Maryland.