Martin Oppenheimer is general counsel of The Jewish Theological Seminary. He is responsible for managing the institution's legal, compliance, and risk management matters.
Mr. Oppenheimer joined JTS after nine years as senior counsel for business affairs at Tufts University. While at Tufts, he was responsible for a broad range of transactional and regulatory issues, including operations, real estate, fund-raising, technology, investment, risk management, finance, and intellectual property matters, and for coordinating compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. He previously held legal positions at FleetBoston Financial Group; Lehman Brothers; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison; and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton. Mr. Oppenheimer has a BA in Economics from Cornell University, and a law degree from Yale Law School.
His personal connection to JTS and the Conservative Movement is long-standing and multigenerational. His father-in-law, Rabbi Stanley Platek, was ordained at JTS, and was a member of the faculty and the Rabbinical Assembly's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. His mother-in-law, Cele Platek, and wife, Dr. Deborah Platek, both graduated from what is now the Joint Program between Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies of JTS and Columbia University. His children attended the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston and Gann Academy.
Mr. Oppenheimer has served on the finance and audit committees of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) for the past several years, and was also an active member of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) and Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers. He has given continuing education course presentations at both NACUA and the BBA.
Mr. Oppenheimer is passionate about cycling and choral singing. He was a member of the Zamir Chorale of Boston for eight years, and served on its board for three. He recently rejoined the Zamir Chorale in New York.