Key Expanded Bios

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jeffrey A. Silver, Esq.

Community Leader and One of Nevada’s Pre-Eminent Gaming Law Practitioners 
President, 300 Stewart Avenue Corporation

Jeffrey A. Silver, Esq. is president of the 300 Stewart Avenue Corporation, the non-profit governing board of The Mob Museum. He served as a former Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney in the White Collar Crimes Division and was the resident member in charge of the Las Vegas office for the Nevada State Gaming Control Board during the state’s tumultuous period of developing regulatory oversight. He also has held top leadership positions at various resort hotels including Landmark Hotel & Casino, the Riviera Hotel & Casino and Caesars Palace. Silver has published journal articles, spoken at conferences and testified before the Nevada Legislature and U.S. Congressional sub-committees on gaming law matters. A long-time Nevadan, he is closely involved in community and civic affairs and was honored as one of Nevada’s pre-eminent gaming law practitioners by Wood & White’s Best Lawyers in America, Chamber USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Mountain States Super-Lawyers.

Oscar B. Goodman

Former Mayor of Las Vegas
Board Member, 300 Stewart Avenue Corporation and Museum visionary

A key visionary for the project and current board member is former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman. The 19th mayor of the city of Las Vegas, Oscar B. Goodman, was term limited after 12 years of service. He swore in his wife, the 20th mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn G. Goodman, on July 6, 2011. His trademark, no-nonsense tell-it-like-it-is style made him one of the Las Vegas’ most popular mayors and the self-proclaimed “happiest mayor in the universe.” As former chairman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), Oscar Goodman worked feverishly to promote Las Vegas as one of the most exciting destinations in the world. Today, he is still formally engaged with the LVCVA, promoting Las Vegas as the city’s official ambassador.

Oscar Goodman is one of the nation’s best criminal defense attorneys and was named one of the “15 Best Trial Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal. He spent more than 35 years defending some of the most notorious alleged Mob figures, including Meyer Lansky, Frank Rosenthal, Anthony Spilotro and others. In 1995, he appeared as himself in the movie, “Casino.”

In June 2008, Oscar Goodman was presented with the 2008 Public Leadership in the Arts Award at the United States Conference of Mayors’ 76th annual meeting. The award honors elected officials and artists or arts organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts. In July 2009, Oscar Goodman was honored by the International Economic Development Council with its 2009 Leadership Award for Public Service. The award recognizes the many and significant economic advances in Las Vegas made under Oscar Goodman’s watch over the past 10 years. He served on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Carolyn G. Goodman

Mayor of Las Vegas
Ex-Officio, 300 Stewart Avenue Corporation

Winning 60 percent of the vote, Carolyn G. Goodman became the mayor of the city of Las Vegas on July 6, 2011. Her husband of 49 years and then current mayor, Oscar B. Goodman, administered the oath of office. It is the only known instance in the U.S. of a wife succeeding her husband as mayor. Oscar Goodman was term limited after 12 years of service.

Carolyn and her husband as relative newlyweds moved to Las Vegas from Philadelphia in 1964. They arrived in August with only $87 left in their collective pockets shortly after Oscar successfully completed the Pennsylvania bar examination. Initially, Oscar worked for the District Attorney’s office while Carolyn worked in the hotel industry and thereafter in West Las Vegas for the Department of Labor. While her husband traveled the country building what became an outstanding criminal law career winning high-profile cases, Carolyn raised their four children while simultaneously earning a master’s degree in counseling at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Carolyn is well known in the Las Vegas community for founding in 1984 The Meadows School, Nevada’s first nonprofit, nonsectarian, independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grades. Carolyn planned and oversaw the entire day-to-day operations, created and orchestrated curriculum development; supervised the budget, was responsible for hiring administration, faculty and staff; and managed the entire physical campus development endeavors for the organization. During this time, Carolyn never had ownership of the school as it was incorporated as a 501[c][3] entity. Furthermore, during her 26 years in leadership, Carolyn never took a salary. She resigned as president in June 2010, preparing for the next challenge in her life.

Recognized nationally by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the National Association of Independent Schools in 2006 with the Seymour Preston Trustee Award for Leadership, Carolyn has devoted much of her life to volunteerism in Las Vegas, specifically to education. In 1989, the University of Nevada recognized Carolyn with the prestigious “Distinguished Nevadan” award and in 2006 bestowed upon her an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree (PhD). In 2009, nominated by members of her school, she became a Sarah D. Barder Fellow in The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and an Alumna of the Year in Education at UNLV.

Carolyn has served the people of Las Vegas through her volunteerism and leadership on many community nonprofit boards, charities and service organizations. She has easily proven her deep commitment to the community and continues to be devoted to the highest quality of life for all southern Nevadans. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

EXECUTIVE STAFF AND DESIGN TEAM

Jonathan Ullman

Executive Director and CEO, The Mob Museum

Jonathan Ullman is Executive Director and CEO of The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. Reporting to a 20-member Board of Directors, Jonathan is responsible for leading the organization that has been named both a “Top Workplace” and “Best Museum” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and called one of “Ten Places American Should See” by the Huffington Post.

Jonathan has spent over 20 years in a variety of management and leadership roles within the nonprofit industry. Jonathan’s museum career began at Liberty Science Center, New Jersey’s most visited museum, where he was intimately involved in the strategic planning and operationalizing of the facility following a $109 million capital expansion. Over the years, Jonathan served in numerous capacities with responsibilities including intensive staff, program oversight and external relations. Immediately prior to joining The Mob Museum, Jonathan was the president and COO at the National Soccer Hall of Fame where he led the dramatic transformation of the organization’s operating model.

Jonathan earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers College and his Masters of Business Administration from Rutgers Business School. A believer in the importance of community, Jonathan has volunteered on a number of nonprofit boards and community-driven initiatives. He is a graduating member of the FBI Citizens’ Academy as well as LV Metro Police Department Citizens’ Academy. Jonathan serves as Vice President of the Executive Committee of the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance. Additionally he is a graduate of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Las Vegas Class program and a current member of its Leadership Council.

For More Information:

Contact: Ashley Miller, The Mob Museum
702-724.8612; amiller@themobmuseum.org