Board: Tad Taube
The Honorable Tad Taube serves as President Emeritus of the Koret Foundation and Chairman of Taube Philanthropies. He was Chairman and CEO of Koracorp Industries, the successor to Koret of California, from 1973 until its merger with Levi Strauss in 1979.
At his alma mater, Stanford University, Mr. Taube is founder and Advisory Board Chair of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, established in 1986. He is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution and serves on its Executive Committee, and was founder and past chairman of the advisory board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). In addition, Mr. Taube is past chair of the Stanford Athletic Board. His involvement in Stanford Athletics includes his family’s principal gift to Stanford’s Taube Family Tennis Stadium and his significant support of Stanford’s new football stadium, built in 2006.
Mr. Taube—Chairman and Founder of the Woodmont Companies, a diversified real estate investment and management organization—was a founder of the United States Football League (USFL) in 1982 and was principal owner of the Oakland Invaders football franchise.
A director of the Commonwealth Club and numerous other civic organizations, he has received a number of prestigious service awards and recognitions. Among these, in 2004, the President of the Republic of Poland awarded Tad Taube Poland’s highest civilian medal—The Commander’s Cross—and three years later, in 2007, the Republic of Poland named him Honorary Consul for the San Francisco peninsula region. Other honors include the United Way’s 1998 Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award, the 1985 Scopus Award from the Hebrew University, an honorary doctorate degree from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in 1995 and 2013, the 2007 Corporate Citizenship Award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and, in 2008, the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Commonwealth Club of America.
Mr. Taube holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. The Forward newspaper recognized him as one of its Forward Fifty Most Influential Jews in America in 2007 and 2013.