Yael joined J Street in 2012 following six years at the Shimon Peres Center for Peace where she served as Director of the Civil Leadership Department. In that capacity, she oversaw cross-border peace-building programs that engaged a wide range of civil society figures, including Palestinian and Israeli young political leaders. Yael helped establish the Palestinian-Israeli Peace NGO Forum, a network of some 100 Palestinian and Israeli peace and dialogue organizations, and has served as the Israeli Director since the Forum’s inception in January 2006. Yael graduated from Tel Aviv University’s School of Social Sciences where she also worked as a teaching assistant and a research assistant in the Political Science Faculty. Yael is a certified mediator and a group facilitator specializing in dialogue between groups in conflict. In the spring of 2011, Yael joined the International Center for the Study of Radicalization in King’s College London as an Atkin Research Fellow. Yael was born, raised, and is currently based in Tel Aviv, Israel.