County Council Vice Chair David Izraelevitz
County Council Vice Chair David Izraelevitz is the guest speaker at the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos (LWVLA) Lunch with a Leader program at 11:45 a.m., March 17 at Mesa Public Library. This event is open to the entire community.
His talk will address the subject, “Ask not what your county can do for you, ask what you can do for your county.” County government, the local business community and citizen philanthropy have complementary assets, constraints and roles that can be harnessed to move the community forward. Izraelevitz, currently vice-chair of the Los Alamos County Council, will discuss these different dimensions and his vision of collaboration between these different areas for Los Alamos’ benefit.
Additionally, Izraelevitz will discuss an initiative to start a community foundation to support Los Alamos County’s needs. A community foundation has been described as a “savings account” for a community; a charitable organization that administers funds to support long-term local needs, and improve the lives of people in the foundation’s geographic area.
He also will touch on current issues facing the County Council.
Izraelevitz is a first generation American who immigrated to the U.S. from Uruguay when he was 11 years old. While a graduate student at MIT, he met his wife Terry, who was a graduate student at Boston University. After getting married and completing his Ph.D. in electrical engineering, Izraelevitz began employment at a research firm outside of Boston. The opportunity to help start a new company led him to move with Terry and their three sons to Los Alamos in 1995.
Although the start-up folded after a few years, his new-found love for Los Alamos motivated him to find a way to stay and he was able to telecommute for the subsequent 10 years for a company in the San Francisco Bay Area. He eventually joined Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2005 and is currently a team leader doing research in signal processing for nuclear non-proliferation applications.
Izraelevitz is involved in many community organizations in Los Alamos, including the Lunch Buddies Program at Barranca Mesa Elementary, Los Alamos Middle School MathCounts team, Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund, J.R. Oppenheimer Memorial Committee and the local section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
He also has been very active in the Los Alamos Jewish Center, serving in a variety of board positions, including president from 1999-2001 and 2009-2011. He was a member of the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission from 2004-2009, serving as chair from 2008-2009. He served as a member of the Los Alamos County Charter Review Committee until his appointment to the Los Alamos County Council in July 2011. Izraelevitz was elected for another term on the County Council in the November 2014 election.
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