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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...

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.

Danny Yu

VP of Finance

Danny Yu is J Street's Vice President of Finance. Danny has extensive experience in financial management and reporting, fiscal planning and analysis, accounting, benefits administration, and grant and administrative management....

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...

Anna Schwartz

Special Assistant to the President and Office Manager

Anna joins J Street after graduating from American University, where she double majored in French and International Relations, with a concentration in peace, global security and conflict resolution. Anna was a campus leader in J Street...

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...

Shaina Wasserman

Director of Rabbinic and Community Engagement

Shaina joined J Street in 2013 as the New England Regional Director. Before working for J Street, Shaina was the Project Manager for Congregational Learning at The Jewish Education Project (formerly the BJE) in New York.

Brian Mandel

Events and Programming Associate

Brian joins J Street with over four years of Program and Event Management experience.

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...

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...

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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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