Fred Zeidman was appointed Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council by President George W. Bush in March 2002. The Council, which includes 55 Presidentially appointed members and ten members from the U.S. Congress, is the governing board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Museum is Americaâ€™s national institution dedicated to remembering the Holocaust and teaching its lessons to future generations.
A prominent Houston-based business and civic leader, Mr. Zeidman is a Principal at XRoads Solutions Group. He is also Chairman of the Board at SulphCo. and serves on the Board of Directors of MegaWest Energy Corp, Hyperdynamics Corp, and Prosperity Bank. He serves on the Jewish National Fundâ€™s Board of Directors and Executive Committee and chairs its audit committee. He is also National Board Member, Development Corporation for Israel; Texas State Chairman, Israel Bonds; Vice Chairman, Republican Jewish Coalition; and Vice Chair of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Development Board. In addition, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Houston Ear Research Foundation and as the Vice Chairman of the Investment Committee at St. Thomas University.
He is the former Chairman of the Board of Seitel, Inc. He is past Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents, Texas Southern University; past Chairman, Southwest Region, Anti-Defamation League; former Vice President and Director, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, former member of Texas Inter-Faith Housing Corporationâ€™s Executive Committee, and has played a leadership role in a number of other organizations, including the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston; as a member of the Alumni Board of Governors, Washington University, St. Louis; and as a Director of the American Jewish Committee.
Mr. Zeidman holds a Bachelorâ€™s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Masterâ€™s in Business Administration from New York University. He is married with four children.