Lewis M. Eisenberg was appointed by Governor Christine Todd Whitman to chair the New Jersey Commission on Privatization and Competitive Contracting in 1994. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on November 9, 1995. Prior to his election as Chairman, Mr. Eisenberg had served since February 1994 as a Commissioner on the agency’s Board, having been nominated by Governor Christine Todd Whitman. Mr. Eisenberg’s term as Chairman of the Port Authority ended in December, 2001. Governor Pataki appointed Mr. Eisenberg a Director of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation in December, 2001, for which he chaired the Victims’ Families and Transportation Advisory Councils until April, 2003. In January 2002, Mr. Eisenberg became the Chairman of the Republican National Finance Committee in Washington, D.C. In 2003, he became Co-Chairman of the NYC 2004 Host Committee for the Republican Convention and Co-Chairman of Bush/Cheney, NJ.
Mr. Eisenberg has served on the transition teams of Governors Whitman and Pataki and on the Bush-Cheney transition team. He is a founder and former Chairman of the Republican Leadership Council, a political action committee based in Washington, D.C. In 2000, Mr. Eisenberg served as the Chairman of the Victory 2000 campaign in New Jersey. He is a member of the Board of Directors and the Vice Chairman’s Council of the Republican Jewish Coalition and served on the National Board of Directors for American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
Mr. Eisenberg is Co-founder and Co-Chairman of the Granite Capital International Group, an investment management company. Prior to co-founding Granite Capital, Mr. Eisenberg was a general partner and co-head of the equity division of Goldman, Sachs & Company.
Mr. Eisenberg presently serves on the Advisory Council of Samuel Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, and is a past board member of St. Barnabas Health Care System and past Chairman of its Investment Committee. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Monmouth Medical Center Foundation. In 1989, Mr. Eisenberg was awarded the prestigious Herbert Lehman Humanitarian Award by the American Jewish Committee and honored as the “Man of the Year” in 2000 by the National Conference for Community and Justice in New Jersey. In 1995, Mr. Eisenberg also received the Eagle Award from the New Jersey Alliance for Action. In 2000, Monmouth University named him as the New Jersey Businessman of the Year.
Mr. Eisenberg graduated from Dartmouth College in 1964 and received an MBA from Cornell University in 1966.
On May 16, 2001, Mr. Eisenberg received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Monmouth University.
On May 5, 2002, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from the Rabbinical College of America.
Mr. Eisenberg and his wife, Judy, are the parents of three daughters and nine grandchildren.