• Tad Taube (left) accepts the San Mateo County History Maker award from Association President Mitch Postel.  

    Photo Jim Kirkland.

Tad Taube

2017 San Mateo County History Maker

Tad Taube serves as Chairman of Taube Philanthropies, President Emeritus of the Koret Foundation and Chairman of Woodmont Companies. He was Chairman and CEO of Koracorp Industries, Inc. prior to its merger with Levi Strauss. Tad was Founder of the United States Football League (USFL) in 1982 and was principal owner of its Oakland Invaders Football Franchise.

Taube served as Trustee of the University of Notre Dame de Namur, the University of San Francisco, and as Governor of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. At Stanford University, in 1986 he was Founder and since then Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, and Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Stanford Institute of Economic and Policy Research. In 2007, Taube was named Founder and Distinguished Benefactor of the POLIN Museum, Warsaw, Poland. In 2014, the Hoover Institution awarded Taube the Uncommon Commitment Award, and Stanford President John L. Hennessy awarded him the Remarkable Generosity Acknowledgment. In 2014, Taube was inducted into the Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame. He was Director and Chairman of Stanford’s Athletic Board. His involvement in Stanford athletics includes his family’s gift to Stanford’s Taube Family Tennis Stadium, Stanford’s Football Stadium and his endowment for the Taube Director of Men’s Tennis.

In 2007, Taube received the Corporate Citizenship Award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In 2007 and 2013, Tad was recognized by The Forward newspaper as being among the fifty most influential Jews in the US. In 2004, the President of the Republic of Poland awarded Tad Poland’s highest civilian medal: the Commander’s Cross and in 2015 the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2007, he was named Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland.

Tad received his BS and MS degrees from Stanford University and served as an officer in theUnited States Air Force. He is married to Dianne Panos Taube.