Jordan Elgrably - Chair
Founding Director of The Markaz, Jordan Elgrably made his mark on Los Angeles, organizing public programs from 1996 to 2016 that were designed to bring together American and Middle Eastern communities, including Arabs and Jews and other groups, to build relationships and address conflict.
A writer, editor, curator and producer of public programs, Jordan is of Moroccan and French heritage. He has been passionately committed to strengthening Arab/Muslim/Christian and Jewish relations for many years. In addition to The Markaz/the Levantine Cultural Center, which he co-founded in 2001, he founded the New Association of Sephardi/Mizrahi Artists & Writers International in 1996 and Open Tent Middle East Coalition in 1999. He has launched several independent projects and original initiatives, among them the Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief; BeirutLos Angeles.org; CelebratePalestine.org; and New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema, which received majoring funding from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes) for many years.
Jordan attended the American University of Paris (formerly ACP) and was based for a number of years in Paris and Madrid, where he worked as a journalist and associate producer for TF1. His essays, articles and stories have appeared in many anthologies and periodicals. He is a member of PEN Center, the international advocacy organization for writers and journalists; the Los Angeles Press Club, and the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association. His work has received considerable recognition and honors in many circles. In 2008, the L.A. Weekly featured Jordan in its People of the Year issue; he received the Local Hero Award from the Foundation for World Arts and Cultures in 2008; in 2011 he was an Annenberg Alchemy fellow and in 2013 and 2015 Jordan was nominated for the James Irvine Leadership Award. He is the recipient of the 2015 Rachel Corrie Conscience and Courage Award from the ADC. Jordan lives near Los Angeles with his wife and son.