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Executive & Administrative Team

Jeremy Ben-Ami

President

Jeremy Ben-Ami is the President of J Street, bringing to the role both deep experience in American politics and government and a passionate commitment to the state of Israel. Ben-Ami’s family connection to Israel goes back...

Dan Kalik

Chief of Staff

Kalik oversees the day-to-day operations and coordination across J Street's departments. Previously, Kalik served at the J Street's National Political Director building out all of the organizations political activities including JStreet...

Jessica Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Jessica Smith serves as the Chief Operating Officer at J Street. Jess has an extensive background in organizational management, strategic communications, campaign strategy, policy development and stakeholder outreach...

Nan MacNamara

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Nan comes to J Street having spent more than 20 years in non-profit financial management. As a CPA, Nan spent six years in public accounting with a large regional firm in Maryland, specializing in governments and not-for-profit...

Katelyn McNelis

Special Assistant and National Operations Associate

Katelyn joins J Street after graduating from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she majored in Middle Eastern Studies and minored in Jewish Civilization. Katelyn served as co-president for J Street U Georgetown...

Miriam Seldin-Stein

Office Manager

Miriam joins J Street after graduating from Smith College, where she majored in Middle Eastern History, minored in Jewish Studies and served as captain of the crew team. During her time at Smith she conducted research on the Israeli...

Community Relations,
Education & Programming Team

Rachel A. Lerner

Senior Vice President for Community Relations

Rachel Lerner has worked on Israel advocacy in the Jewish community for over fifteen years. Prior to joining J Street in 2009, Rachel was Director of Strategic Community Planning Initiatives at the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto...

Josh Friedes

Director of Rabbinic and Synagogue Engagement

After two years of directing the J Street’s advocacy staff in the field, Josh has been tapped to engage rabbis and congregants in J Street’s advocacy efforts. Josh has over 20 years of experience as an organizer and strategist. After a...

Courtney Rohrbach

Director, Events and Marketing

Courtney joins J Street with over ten years of development and event experience. Most recently with the Alzheimer’s Association, Courtney has a diverse background in the arts, Jewish community and health care. A native of Chicago...

Alyson Samach

Programming Associate

Alyson joins J Street after graduating from the University of Florida with a BA in Economics and Political Science. In her final semester at UF, she co-founded a J Street U chapter and conducted research on the effects of petroleum...

Kalyani Grad-Kaimal

Mikva Fellow

Kalyani joins J Street after graduating from the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. She majored in Middle East Studies, focusing specifically on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She was deeply ...

Lindsey Forte

Events Assistant

Lindsey Forte joins J Street after graduating from the University of Chicago, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Human Rights. During her time in college, she also spent a quarter studying Civilizations and Arabic in...

Government Affairs Team

Development Team

Communications & Digital Team

Jessica Rosenblum

Vice President of Communications

Jessica comes to J Street from Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications, where, as a vice-president, she worked to raise the profile of a number highly successful advocacy campaigns including the Great Schlep and the campaign by retired senior...

Alan Elsner

Special Advisor to the President

Alan Elsner has had a long career at the top ranks of American and international journalism prior to joining J Street. As State Department and later White House correspondent for Reuters News Agency, Elsner traveled the world with...

Benjamin Silverstein

Digital Director

Benjamin returned to head J Street’s digital department after a year on the DCCC’s digital team. Prior to that, he spent four years as a digital associate and a grant writer for J Street. Originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts...

Logan Bayroff

Associate Director of Communications

Logan joins J Street after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in History. After founding Penn's J Street U chapter, he served as President of the J Street U National Board for 2011-2012. During the 2012-2013 year he...

Melanie Fineman

Digital Communications Associate

Melanie joins J Street after a range of experiences in the progressive political and Jewish communities. She most recently worked as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (the RAC). Melanie...

Nir Oz-Ari

Digital Associate and Hebrew Media Liaison

Nir joined J Street in 2015. Prior to this, he was working in Israel for the communications department in the Prime Minister's Office, where he worked on issues related to conflict. During his service in the IDF as a medic in the...

Benjy Cannon

Senior Content and Communications Associate

Benjy joined J Street after graduating from the University of Maryland in 2011. He holds a BA in Government and Philosophy. Benjy was the President of the 2014-2015 J Street U National Board. In college, Benjy did digital communications...

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Political Team

J Street U

Ben Elkind

J Street U Director

Ben joins J Street after two years of organizing with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation. Prior to his work there, Ben attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where...

Catie Stewart

Northwest Campus Organizer

Catie joins J Street after graduating from Brandeis University with a BA in English Literature. She served as the Northeast Representative to the J Street U National Board from 2014-2015, and was a J Street U Regional Co-Chair the year...

Adina Brin

Southwest Campus Organizer

Adina joined the J Street U team after graduating from Bates College with a BA in Religious Studies. She served as a J Street U Northeast Regional Co-Chair from 2014-2015 and helped establish the J Street U chapter at Bates. She first...

Zach Padgett

DC and South Campus Organizer

Zach joins J Street after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he double majored in Peace, War, and Defense and Global Studies with a minor in Arabic. He served as a J Street U Southeast Regional...

Elie Leaderman-Bray

Northeast Campus Organizer

Elie joins J Street after graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a BA in Sociology. She served for several years in J Street U leadership, from co-founding the chapter at UMass in 2012 to representing the Northeast on the...

Noa Fleischacker

Midwest Campus Organizer

Noa joins the J Street U team after graduating from Oberlin College. Noa co-founded Oberlin's J Street U chapter her freshman year and later served as the Midwest Representative to the J Street U National Board from 2014-2015. She...

Daniela Tolchinsky

Israel Organizer

Daniela joins the J Street U team after three years as a J Street U student leader at University of Chicago. Daniela served as part of J Street U national student leadership as an Israel Engagement Co-Chair, and as a Conference Co-Chair...

Shana Iden

Mid-Atlantic Campus Organizer

Shana joins the J Street U team after graduating from Smith College with a BA in English Literature and Government. She first got involved in J Street after spending the summer of 2014 interning for a think tank in Jerusalem. Since then...

Israel Team

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