David Rosenblatt is a Young Judean as long as he can remember as his brother and sister ushered him lovingly into YJ from the start. He not only was able to participate in an active and fun chapter of YJ in Pittsburgh but was able to attend Tel Yehudah as a camper and work at Camp Young Judea as a counselor in Michigan. David studied in Israel on ‘Machon L’Madrichei Chutz La’Aretz’ and his YJ experiences has had a lasting impact on him and his endeavors.
David’s career has encompassed K Street in DC to Silicon Valley through to Wall Street and Start-Up Nation. David co-founded Israel’s first and one of its leading solar companies, Arava Power, and still leads it with Ed Hofland from Kibbutz Ketura. It was at Kibbutz Ketura where the first utility-scale solar project in the Middle East was launched in 2011. David has also created and invested in other companies in Israel. He was a co-founder of QuickenLoans at Intuit and the pioneer of online real estate through Realtor.com. He helped build BlackRock’s leading trading and risk management business. Today, he focuses on health care, energy and technology startups looking to run businesses with a mission of tikuun olam throughout.
David’s non-profit work has been focused on issues that transcend politics. In education, he built a leading educational non-profit that helped write legislation with Ted Kennedy to upgrade schools using technology and today serves as a board member of the American Technion Society and President of its New York Leadership Council. He also serves as a Trustee of the Russell Berrie Foundation that is focused on social investments in innovative ideas in Israel, New Jersey and New York. He is also a Board Member of the Kaplan JCC on the Palisades where he has served in leadership positions.
David began his career as an attorney leading domestic and international transactions and representing clients before Congress and the Administration with Chadbourne & Parke and Weil, Gotshal & Manges.
David holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, a JD from Northwestern University Law School, and a BS with honors from Pennsylvania State University.