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Directors Emeritus

Milton Cerny

AFoCR Director Emeritus, Milton Cerny was born in Cicero, Illinois, the son of Czech immigrants. His father immigrated to the United States in 1913 from Pravonin, a small village southeast of Prague. His mother, born in Chicago, is the daughter of Czech parents who immigrated to the United States from Tabor in 1899.Mr. Cerny served at the Internal Revenue Service as the Technical Advisor to the Assistant Commissioner for Exempt Organizations and Employee Plans and retired as Chief of the Exempt Organizations Rulings function to join Caplin & Drysdale in 1988. During his 28-year career at the IRS, he held positions of authority affecting every aspect of the Service’s exempt organizations function. In his legal career he was a senior member in Caplin & Drysdale’s exempt organizations practice group and is an internationally respected expert in the field with particular expertise in international philanthropy and cross-border grant-making. He served as an advisor and faculty member assisting Central and Eastern European governments through the United States Treasury Department’s Tax Advisory Program. He advised the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic on the law reform of non-profit organizations. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the ABA’s Central and Eastern European Law Initiative, the CEELI Institute Board of Directors, the American University Washington College of Law, and the Wesley Theological Seminary Foundation. Mr. Cerny currently serves as the Chair of the International Philanthropy Subcommittee. He is the past Chair of the Subcommittee on Private Foundations and the Subcommittee on Political and Legislative Activities for the ABA Tax Section’s Exempt Organizations Committee.
Mr. Cerny has a distinguished record of professional accomplishments, headed by an extensive list of publications in the exempt organizations field. He is currently an adjunct professor of law at the American University’s Washington College of Law. As former President of the American Friends of the Czech Republic, he guided the organization’s important programs that promote Czech and United States relation. Mr. Cerny helped organize and create the AFoCR in 1995 and led the effort to gain public support for the successful inclusion of the Czech Republic into NATO membership.
At the September 19th Masaryk Memorial Dedication events, Mr. Cerny received the 2002 Medal of Merit – First Class from the Czech Republic for distinguished and meritorious service to the Czech Republic.

Peter A. Rafaeli

AFoCR Director Emeritus, Past President, Vice President and Treasurer Peter Rafaeli was born in the former Czechoslovakia where he received his elementary and high school education.  It was followed by an American high school diploma obtained by attending Montgomery County, MD Evening High School.