Executive Vice President of Gifting and Development
Claude Mann was born in Berlin during World War II in a concentration camp after her parents became political prisoners. At the end of the World War II her parents escaped and were able to return to France. Claude lived in a boarding school in a convent in Montmirail, France until she was 17. She studied the arts, philosophy and psychology at La Sorbonne and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree at age 21.
Moving to Morocco with her parents in 1963, she worked for Siemens AG.
In 1972 Claude moved to the United States and her daughter, Cassandra, was born in 1974. Claude and her then husband partnered to open a restaurant called L’Affair where she met Alfred Mann, who had become a customer. After Claude’s divorce she opened her own restaurant Le Triumph. Just before the 1994 Northridge earthquake she sold Le Triumph and joined Alfred Mann and they were then married.
Inspired by her new husband’s philanthropic endeavors in 2001, Claude created and has since led fundraising efforts for the Alfred Mann Foundation, including managing an annual gala, An Evening of Innovation and Inspiration, that was selected as the second best gala of the year in 2005.
In 2002, Claude and Al visited the Technion and toured Israel. Claude became enchanted with Israel and the Technion and persuaded Al (who had committed to put his institutes only in the USA) to establish AMIT, an Al Mann medical research institute, at the Technion in Haifa.
Claude was honored with the Women of Achievement Award from the Women of Sheba, the Woman of Valor Award from the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO) and the Larry King Heart Award. She serves on the boards of directors of numerous organizations including the Alfred Mann Foundation for Biomedical Engineering, the Alfred Mann Institute at the Technion, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation.