Ron Huldai is currently serving his fourth consecutive five-year term as Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo. His economic vision for Tel Aviv-Yafo is to position it as a global center of innovation and creativity. Capitalizing on the city’s status as the center of the Israeli technology sector, Huldai’s efforts focus on leveraging Tel Aviv as “The Startup City of the Startup Nation” – an urban center that enjoys the highest rate in the world of startup companies and technological accelerators per capita of per square kilometer.
The accomplishments of Huldai’s administration have had a demonstrable impact on the city; Mayor Huldai has eliminated the municipal deficit and for the past fourteen years managed to maintain a balanced budget while completely transforming the city’s infrastructure, public sphere, and municipal institutions. In light of this economic turn-around, Standard and Poor’s has affirmed the city the coveted AAA Stable rating. He also deepened the city’s positioning as the cultural center of Israel, and upgraded dozens of cultural and historic assets. The city’s cultural standing received international recognition in 2003 when UNESCO proclaimed its historic zone a World Heritage Site and once again in 2014 when the organization declared Tel Aviv a Creative City for its excellence in digital media activity.
One of Mayor Huldai’s most important missions is to maintain Tel Aviv-Yafo as a city of tolerance, pluralism, equality and democracy, actively promoting policies and budgets to support the various groups that reside in the city. These activities include: affirmative action for minority employees in the Municipality; the establishment of a municipal center for the LGBT community; construction and financing of facilities of special education that serve children from dozens of municipalities in Israel; upgraded services to Holocaust survivors; extensive welfare programs; and more.
Ron Huldai was born in 1944 and raised in Kibbutz Hulda. He joined the Israeli Air Force in 1963 and served as a combat pilot and base commander for 26 years. After retiring with the rank of Brigadier General, Huldai became principal of the renowned Herzlyia Gymnasium High School. During his 6-year term he managed to transform the deteriorated school into a model of educational excellence. Mayor Huldai is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force’s American Air War College (’81) and holds a Bachelor of General Studies from Auburn University of Montgomery (’81). He is married to Yael, and they have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.