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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...

Alon Mazor

Director of Operations

Alon has worked at J Street for over 5 years. He received his undergraduate degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

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...

Alec Ewig

Director of Data and Analytics

Alec Ewig serves as the Director of Data and Analytics at J Street. He brings to the position several years of experience studying, interpreting, and analyzing data in both the Jewish and political worlds. Prior to starting at J Street...

Katelyn McNelis

National Management and 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

Finance Assistant and Special Assistant to the President

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...

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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

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 2015. 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

Deputy Director

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...

Noah Finkelstein

Northwest Campus Organizer

Noah joins J Street after two years of working as the national programs director for Habonim Dror. Prior to his work there, Noah attended the University of British Columbia, where he studied Human Geography and Commerce...

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...

Rachael Stryer

Southeast Campus Organizer

Rachael joins J Street after graduating from Stanford University with a BA in Political Science. She served for several years in J Street U leadership, including as a Northwest Regional Co-Chair and as a 2017 Conference Co-Chair...

Aron Wander

Northeast Campus Organizer

Aron joins the J Street U team after working for MDRC, a public policy research institute, and volunteering as an organizer for IfNotNow, a Jewish anti-occupation movement. He graduated from Princeton...

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