J Street

JStreetPAC

Morton H. Halperin, Chair
Alexandra C. Stanton, Vice-Chair
Kenneth Bob, Treasurer
Jeremy Ben-Ami
Nancy Bernstein
Molly Freeman
Joanna Goodwin Friedman
Davidi Gilo
Richard Goldwasser
Sylvia Kaplan
Charles Kremer
Victor A. Kovner
Yaffa Maritz
Ambassador Alan D. Solomont
Robert Stein
Ambassador Louis B. Susman
Joshua Tenenbaum
Carol Winograd
Alexandra C. Stanton, Co-Chair
Victor A. Kovner, Co-Chair
Debra DeLee
Howard Dickstein
Daniel Kohl
William S. Singer
Sidney Topol

 

J Street

Morton H. Halperin, Chair

Mr. Morton H. Halperin is a renowned expert on foreign policy and civil liberties. He served in the Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton Administrations and in a number of roles with think tanks and universities such as the Council on Foreign Relations and Harvard University.

Alexandra C. Stanton, Vice-Chair

Alexandra C. Stanton is CEO of Empire Global Ventures LLC, a New York-based international trade and business development firm. Having recently served as Chief of Staff at the Empire State Development Corporation (New York State’s economic development agency), her previous experience includes stints at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. as a Clinton Administration appointee, and in the New York State Senate as Senior Advisor to the Democratic Leader, David A. Paterson. A veteran of state and national campaigns, Ms. Stanton founded a national student reproductive health organization in 1989, and later joined the Paris-based Doctors of the World, implementing their international organizational development programs.

Aside from serving as Co-Chair of J StreetPAC, Ms. Stanton is Vice-Chair of the board of the Parrish Art Museum in New York. She was a founding member of the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum Network (NY), and serves as a member of the New York Public Library’s Library Council and the Advisory Board of the Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts.

Ms. Stanton received her B.A. from Cornell University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and is a member of the New York Bar. She resides in New York City with her husband and child.

Kenneth Bob, Treasurer

Kenneth Bob has served as the president of Ameinu (the American Labor Zionist organization) and is a member of the Executive of the World Zionist Organization, and Jewish Agency for Israel’s Board of Governors. He is a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and Jewish National Fund Board of Trustees. Bob was one of the founders of the Habonim Dror Foundation (HDF) in 1995, established to provide financial support for Habonim Dror North America and served as Vice-Chair and then chairman until 2005.

Mr. Bob has been CEO, president, and held other executive positions at a number of software companies, and has served as a technology and business consultant.

Jeremy Ben-Ami

Mr. Ben-Ami has spent the last 25 years in government, politics and communications, here and in Israel. Jeremy has served in a number of senior government positions including as President Bill Clinton’s Deputy Domestic Policy Adviser and Policy Director on Howard Dean’s Presidential Campaign. Jeremy was most recently Senior Vice President at Fenton Communications. He also has served as the Communications Director for the New Israel Fund and started the Israeli firm Ben-Or Communications while living in Israel in the late 1990s. Jeremy’s father was born in Tel Aviv, and much of his family lives in Israel.

Nancy Bernstein

Nancy Bernstein is the Co-Chair of J Street Pittsburgh since its launch in 2010. She also serves on the Boards of her synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom, and the Agency for Jewish Learning, and on the Overseas Funding Committee of the local Jewish Federation. She is an active member of the Advisory Committee of Clean Water Action. She has been a member of the Women Donors Network for 6 years and participated in the joint J Street/WDN trip to Israel and the occupied territories with 6 US Congresswomen. Nancy has an MPH from Columbia University and spent many years in NYC training public sector workers about their legal rights to protection from job hazards. Nancy grew up in Washington DC and as a teenager, got to know Yitzhak and Lea Rabin, who were close personal friends of her parents, when Rabin was Israel’s Ambassador to the US. Rabin’s assassination was a spark to Middle East peace activism. Nancy has two children and lives in Pittsburgh PA with her husband, Robert Schoen, and teenage daughter Zoe.

Molly Freeman

Molly Freeman is a leader of the J Street SF Bay Area Local and served on the Brit Tzedek board of directors. A former JCRC chair and synagogue leader, Molly treasures the opportunities J Street provides for remaining engaged with the primary issues facing Israel and American Jews. Molly has a doctorate in Complex Systems Analysis and specializes in preparing educators for online learning environments. Molly lives in Berkeley and Armenia where she promotes civil society and women’s rights through educational projects.

Joanna Goodwin Friedman

Joanna serves as President of the Goodwin Foundation, which has supported more than 100 organizations and programs focused on health, community service, women’s and children’s welfare and peace. She also serves as President of the Middle East Peace Dialogue Network, Inc, an organization which believes that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is essential to Israel’s long-term survival as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people. Working with the Geneva Initiative’s Israeli and Palestinian teams in 2009, MEPDN was the primary underwriter of the draft of 13 Geneva Initiative annexes that were compiled into a 423-page Regional Peace Plan, a road map to peace. As an active member and leader of J Street since it’s founding, Joanna has focused in particular on the successful expansion of J Street U and the development of youth leadership. Joanna received her undergraduate degree from Temple University, Cum Laude. She is the proud mother of two accomplished daughters and three successful step-sons. She lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband, Mark J. Friedman, a partner at the law firm DLA Piper.

Davidi Gilo

Mr. Davidi Gilo is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and businessman specializing in technology and telecommunications. Born in Israel, Mr. Gilo has been involved in the development and growth of seven publicly traded companies both in Israel and the United States. Apart from being Founder and Chairman of Gilo Ventures, he has served on the board and as chairman of many technology and telecommunication companies over the last 20 years. Mr. Gilo is also a leader in Democratic Party politics and a prolific philanthropist.

Richard Goldwasser

Richard M. Goldwasser lives with his wife and their two teenage daughters in Highland Park, Illinois. He grew up in Skokie, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law. After graduating law school in 1990, he clerked at the Supreme Court of Israel for President Meir Shamgar. He now practices law in Chicago, focusing on commercial litigation and civil and criminal appeals, and is a partner with the law firm of Schoenberg Finkel Newman & Rosenberg, LLC.

Sylvia Kaplan

Sylvia Kaplan is a lifelong resident Minnesota where as a community organizer and political activist, she has worked on issues of social justice from an early age. She and her husband, Sam, devote much of their time to electoral politics and have launched many political candidates from their home. Sylvia is a restaurateur in Minneapolis, and has had careers in journalism and family therapy. She has two masters degrees from the University of Minnesota, where she has taught American and Women's Studies. She and Sam have six children and 13 grandchildren, and have recently returned from the Kingdom of Morocco where Sam served as United States Ambassador and Sylvia provided her own brand of American hospitality at the Residence.

Charles Kremer

Charles Kremer grew up in the UK and moved to the US in 1977 with his Israeli born wife Naomie. He is the President and founder, since 1984, of Access Leasing Corporation, a company that acquires various types of leased transportation, energy and industrial equipment. He has had a variety of other business interests and has served on a number of university and other non-profit boards.

Victor A. Kovner

Victor A. Kovner a partner at Davis, Wright, Tremaine, LLP. Mr. Kovner is a longtime member of Board of Americans for Peace Now (1991-present). Victor has held the following positions:Corporation Counsel of the City of New York (1990-1991); Chair of Board of Planned Parenthood of New York City (1970-1); Chair, Fund for Modern Courts (2007-2011); Member and later Chair, New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct (1976-1991).

Yaffa Maritz

Yaffa Maritz is an Israel-born psychotherapist, who is a passionate voice for peace in the Middle East. A founding member of Find Common Ground, an interfaith group that promotes Middle East peace, Maritz is also the founder and clinical director of Listening Mothers, a program within Family Services in Seattle that encourages emotional bonding between new mothers and babies. She was instrumental in developing the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s Parenting Center and sits on the board of The Foundation for Early Learning. Though she has lived in the United States for 22 years, her connections to Israel are strong. She served in the Intelligence Unit of the Israeli Defense Forces and graduated from Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a degree in social work.

Ambassador Alan D. Solomont

Ambassador Alan D. Solomont is the Dean of Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. He served as United States Ambassador to Spain and Andorra from 2009-2013. Prior to that, he was Chairman of the bipartisan Board of Directors of the Corporation of National and Community Service. Active for many years in the Democratic Party, Amb. Solomont served as National Finance Chairman of the DNC in 1997-1998. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston and was a Board member of the New Israel Fund for many years. He was honored by the Israel Policy Forum in 2001. Amb. Solomont's professional career was in the field of eldercare. He is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He is married to Susan Lewis Solomont. They have two grown daughters and reside in Weston, Massachusetts.

Robert Stein

Robert Stein is a partner at the law firm of Stein and Lubin. His practice has included a broad range of business and real estate matters for a range of clients that extend from the country's largest banks and corporations to individual investors and developers. A former 3 year member of the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee, Bob has been deeply involved with and committed to J Street for over 5 years. He is currently a member of J Street's Finance Committee, and the PAC Co-Chair of J Street's San Francisco Bay Area chapter. In 2011, Bob participated in the J Street Leadership Mission to Israel. He has also served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Oakland's Head-Royce school. Bob is a 1970 graduate of Yale University and holds a law degree from the University of California (Berkeley).

Ambassador Louis B. Susman

Louis B. Susman was the United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James from July 2009 to April 2013. A banker and a lawyer with extensive experience, Ambassador Susman was the Vice Chairman of Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking. Prior to joining Salomon Brothers, Inc. in June 1989, Mr. Susman practiced law for 27 years and was a senior partner at the St. Louis based law firm of Thompson & Mitchell. Ambassador Susman is presently the Non-Executive Chairman of Edelman, Special Advisor to BDT Capital Partners and Special Advisor to Henry Crown & Co. He was a Senior Advisor to President Obama’s Campaign and was the National Finance Chairman for Senator Kerry’s Presidential Campaign in 2004.

Joshua Tenenbaum

Josh Tenenbaum is an Associate Professor of Computational Cognitive Science at Massechusetts Institute of Technology. Before MIT, Professor Tenenbaum served Assistant Professor at Stanford University from 1999 to 2002. Professor Tenenbaum is widely published and previously worked as an Associate Editor for the journal Cognitive Science. He is the recipient of the New Investigator Award from the Society for Mathematical Psychology (2005), the Early Investigator Award from the Society of Experimental Psychologists (2007), and the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology (in the area of cognition and human learning) from the American Psychological Association (2008).

Carol Winograd

Dr. Carol Hutner Winograd, MD is an emerita professor of Medicine and Human Biology at Stanford University. She serves in leadership and contributor roles on a number of boards, including, founder and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Jewish Chaplaincy at Stanford Medical Center, on the National Board of Abraham’s Vision, and the San Francisco Regional Board of the New Israel Fund, American Board of Internal Medicine. Winograd is also a member of the steering committee of the Women Donors Network’s Middle East Peace Circle.

Carol has been married to Terry Winograd for over 43 years. They have two daughters, Avra who is engaged to Justin Durak and Shoshana, a Conservative rabbi who is married to Rabbi Philip Ohriner. Shoshana and Philip have two sons, Ari and Eli.

 

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Alexandra Stanton, Co-Chair

Alexandra C. Stanton is CEO of Empire Global Ventures LLC, a New York-based international trade and business development firm. Having recently served as Chief of Staff at the Empire State Development Corporation (New York State’s economic development agency), her previous experience includes stints at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. as a Clinton Administration appointee, and in the New York State Senate as Senior Advisor to the Democratic Leader, David A. Paterson. A veteran of state and national campaigns, Ms. Stanton founded a national student reproductive health organization in 1989, and later joined the Paris-based Doctors of the World, implementing their international organizational development programs.
 

Victor A. Kovner

Victor A. Kovner a partner at Davis, Wright, Tremaine, LLP. Mr. Kovner is a longtime member of Board of Americans for Peace Now (1991-present). Victor has held the following positions:Corporation Counsel of the City of New York (1990-1991); Chair of Board of Planned Parenthood of New York City (1970-1); Chair, Fund for Modern Courts (2007-2011); Member and later Chair, New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct (1976-1991).

Debra DeLee

Debra DeLee is President and CEO of Americans for Peace Now (APN), a national Zionist organization dedicated to enhancing Israel’s security through peace and supporting the Israeli Peace Now movement. Prior to joining APN, DeLee was selected by President Clinton to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the 1996 Democratic National Convention, held in Chicago. In 1993, she served as Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and was appointed DNC Chair by President Clinton in November 1994.

Howard Dickstein

Daniel Kohl

From 2009 to 2012 Daniel Kohl worked as a senior member of J Street’s staff, overseeing JStreetPAC and its donor-related political advocacy efforts as Political Director and Vice President for Political Affairs. Daniel’s long record of involvement in the organized Jewish community includes serving on the boards of the American Jewish Committee, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, the Milwaukee Jewish Day School (as Board Chair), and Washington Hebrew Congregation. An experienced political fundraiser, Daniel served on the National Finance Committees of John Kerry and Barack Obama and he ran as a candidate for the Wisconsin State Assembly in September 2008.

Dan currently serves as Senior Advisor at Baker Hostetler LLP where his principal client is Major League Baseball. He also spent 14 years working for the Milwaukee Bucks NBA basketball team in a variety of management capacities, most recently as Assistant General Manager, and served as the SEED Foundation’s Wisconsin Director of New Schools Development. Dan is a 1987 graduate of Brown University and holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s in history from UW-Milwaukee.

William S. Singer

William Singer is among the early supporters of J Street and a longtime leader in civic and political affairs. William, of counsel at Kirkland and Ellis LLP, is a former elected official, an appointee to city, state and national governmental committees, and currently serves in leadership capacities for several organizations and political causes.

Sidney Topol

Sid, a graduate of Boston Latin School is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a B.S. in Physics and honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard-MIT Radar School and has been awarded the MIT Corporate Leadership Award. Mr. Topol has been inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame, Cable Television Hall of Fame, MTC Hall of Fame and the Georgia Technology Hall of Fame. Mr. Topol is also a friend of Ameinu, board member of Americans for Peace Now, and a member of the JCRC Council. Formerly Chairman of Scientific-Atlanta, he is now President of The Topol Group LLC and The Topol Family Fund