Adam Milstein: Using Success as a Springboard to Philanthropy

From humble beginnings in Haifa, Israel to becoming a globally-recognized real estate developer, Adam Milstein has found purpose. After serving in the Israeli Defense Forces, Milstein earned his Bachelor’s degree from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) and made the life-changing decision to move to Los Angeles to earn his MBA from the University of Southern California.

Even though his father was a real estate developer in Israel, Adam Milstein didn’t come to know the profitability of real estate until he began working in commercial real estate in the Los Angeles area after graduation from USC, ultimately landing at Hager Pacific Properties. As his reputation in real estate continued to grow, so did his need to help others. He understood that being financially set was not enough by itself, and it was important to use that position in life to help others. Philanthropy and community leadership, he decided, were ways to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

Adam Milstein, along with his wife, Gila, has founded Sifriyat Pijama B’America, an institution that provides free, Hebrew-language books to over 15,000 Israeli-American families in the US as a way to foster Israeli pride. Milstein is also the National Chairman and co-founder of the Israeli-American Council, the largest Israeli-American foundation in the US. The IAC promotes the contribution of Israeli-Americans in areas like social activism, academics and culture, thus creating a greater sense of identity. In addition, Milstein serves on boards of several boards including, StandWithUs, Jewish Funders Network, Israel on Campus Coalition and Hasbara Fellowships.

The Milstein Family Foundation, which grew out of Gila and Adam Milstein’s passion for their home country of Israel. It seeks to help students connect with their Israeli roots and the State of Israel, and promotes strong ties between Israel and the US. It also seeks to ensure that young professionals recognize and understand the importance that philanthropy should play in their lives and careers. The combining of philanthropic resources, according to Adam Milstein, creates a synergy that amplifies the positive impact of philanthropy.