J Street Education Fund

Morton H. Halperin, Chair
Alexandra C. Stanton, Vice-Chair and Secretary
Carol Winograd, Vice-Chair
Kenneth Bob, Treasurer
Victor A. Kovner

J Street

JStreetPAC

Morton H. Halperin, Chair, Member of eEecutive Committee
Alexandra C. Stanton, Vice-Chair and SecretaryMember of Executive Committee
Carol Winograd, Vice-ChairMember of Executive Committee
Kenneth Bob, Treasurer
Victor A. KovnerMember of Executive Committee
Jeremy Ben-Ami
Nancy Bernstein
Howard Dickstein
Molly Freeman
Peter Frey
Joanna Goodwin Friedman
Davidi Gilo
Richard Goldwasser
Virginia Gordon
Howard Gottlieb
Sylvia Kaplan
Charles Kremer
Ambassador Alan D. Solomont
Robert Stein
Judith Steinberg
Ambassador Louis B. Susman
Victor A. Kovner, Co-Chair
Alexandra C. Stanton, Co-Chair
Nancy Buck
Debra DeLee
Daniel Kohl
William S. Singer
Diana Shaw Clark
Sidney Topol

 

J Street

Morton H. Halperin, Chair

Dr. Morton H. Halperin is a Senior Advisor to the Open Society Institute and Open Society Policy Center. A renowned expert on foreign policy and civil liberties, he worked for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as its Director of the Center for National Security Studies and Washington Office Director. 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, the Center for American Progress, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Harvard University. Dr. Halperin received a BA from Columbia College and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Yale University.

Alexandra C. Stanton, Vice-Chair and Secretary

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.

Carol Winograd, Vice-Chair

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.

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.

Victor A. Kovner

Victor A. Kovner practices law as a partner at Davis, Wright, Tremaine, LLP where he is a nationally known expert in First Amendment law. He represents clients in all aspects of communications law, and advises clients in cases of alleged defamation, privacy, copyright, press access, and reporter’s privilege and other First Amendment issues. Mr. Kovner is a longtime member of Board of Americans for Peace Now. Victor has served as the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York; Chair of Board of Planned Parenthood of New York City; Chair of the Fund for Modern Courts; Member and later Chair, New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Victor received a BA from Yale University and his JD from Columbia Law School.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, President 

Mr. Ben-Ami is President of J Street and 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 Women Donor’s Network (WDN), and participates on the Overseas Funding Committee of the local Jewish Federation. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of PA Clean Water Action. 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, Noah and Zoe, and lives in Pittsburgh PA with her husband, Robert Schoen.

Howard Dickstein

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.

Peter Frey

Peter is a private investor and a retired partner of TRG Management, an emerging markets asset management company where he was responsible for sales, marketing and product development from March 2003 until he retired in June 2007. Prior to this he spent 17 years at JP Morgan, mostly in the Emerging Markets Group. When he left JP Morgan Chase he was a Managing Director and Co-Head of U.S. Fixed Income Sales.
Peter is currently a trustee of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation and of the English-Speaking Union. He is also a member of Vassar College’s President’s Advisory Council. Until recently Peter was a director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Chyron Corporation. Peter is a former board member of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and of Exit Art, a well-known alternative arts organization.
Peter grew up in Vienna, Austria, received a BA in Economics in 1982 from Vassar College and an MBA in International Finance in 1984 from The Wharton School. He lives in Greenwich Village with his wife Carrie Shapiro.

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. (MEPDN), an organization that supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as essential to Israel’s long-term survival as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people.

As an active member and leader of J Street since it’s founding, Joanna has focused on the successful expansion of J Street U and the development of youth leadership. She is also a member of J Street’s Women’s Leadership Forum and serves on the Steering Committee. In 2015, J Street honored Joanna, along with her father, Richard C. Goodwin, with the J. Zel Lurie Tzedek v’Shalom award.

Joanna is a member of the Executive Committee of the Baltimore Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) and the Jewish Women’s Archives. Joanna 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.

Virginia Gordon

Virginia Gordon helped found and lead the San Diego J Street Chapter and Co-Chairs J Street’s Regional Advisory Committee. She has over 40 years’ experience in grassroots organizing and fundraising and has held leadership positions on several foundation boards. She began working on Middle East peace issues in the early 1980s. San Diego’s PBS affiliate honored Virginia as a 2015 Local Hero for Jewish American Heritage Month in recognition of her activism and J Street leadership. She holds a masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and lives in La Jolla, CA with her husband, Robert Hooper. They have one daughter.

Howard Gottlieb

Howard Gottlieb is the General Partner of Glen Eagle Partners, Ltd., a family private investment firm. He was a founding partner of Glenwood Partners and Chairman of Glenwood Financial Group. Mr. Gottlieb is an accomplished violinist. He has played in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and performed widely with orchestras and chamber music groups in the United States and Europe. He is a Life Trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Merit School of Music, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ravinia Festival and the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a former trustee of the Aspen Music Festival and School. Mr. Gottlieb is a graduate of the University of Chicago and serves on its Visiting Committee of the College.

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.

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 an attorney at the law firm of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass LLP. 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).

Judith Steinberg

Ms. Judith Steinberg has 25 years of business experience. After several years at Burson-Marsteller Public Relations in New York City, she joined Mobil Corporation in Corporate Public Affairs in 1974. She worked primarily in government and public relations in Mobil’s worldwide Exploration and Producing Division until 1981, traveling wherever Mobil had active exploration and producing activities, working with Mobil’s local managers and local governments. Ms. Steinberg moved to The Hague as General Manager of Mobil’s natural gas affiliate company in the Netherlands, responsible for exploration and producing operations onshore and offshore. She also served as chairman of the Dutch Oil and Gas Operators Association, involved chiefly in lobbying the Dutch Government and Parliament on political, economic, and environmental issues of importance to the oil and gas industry.

Upon returning to the United States in 1995, Ms. Steinberg joined Gemini Consulting as a vice president in the firm’s energy practice, focusing primarily on business development. She decided to pursue other interests in 1997. Ms. Steinberg is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Political Science, and also studied at the London School of Economics and Columbia University. She has been a member of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee in Washington, DC (which produces the highly-rated Smithsonian Craft Show), the National Advisory Council of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and a trustee of the National Public Radio Foundation.

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.

 

JStreetPAC

 

Victor A. Kovner, Co-Chair

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).

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.
 

Nancy Buck

Nancy Buck combines professional training in law and social work to focus on conflict resolution in a wide array of settings. A graduate of the University of Toronto School of Social Work, Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto), and Yale Law School, she taught Alternative Dispute Resolution and Legal Research and Writing at Columbia Law School before moving to Cambridge, MA. She was a longtime trustee and executive committee member of the Rashi School, and in 2011 participated in an Israel-based program teaching negotiation skills to mixed groups of Jewish and Arab high school students. Nancy recently served on the Prozdor advisory board, and is a trustee of Hebrew College. Nancy chairs J Street Boston and co-chairs the PAC committee. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, Jim Sebenius, and is the mother of Zander (25), Alyza (23) and Isaac (19).

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.

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.
 

Diana Shaw Clark

Diana Shaw Clark is an author and political advocate living in London. Diana served as the UK Coordinator for John Kerry's 2004 Presidential campaign, and was the lead fundraiser abroad for Barack Obama's race in 2008. In 2013, Diana was appointed to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum Council. As Vice Chair for Social Action at West London Synagogue, Diana established the congregation's monthly drop in Center for destitute refugees. Diana has been Chair of J Street's National Finance Committee since 2013. She holds a history degree from Harvard-Radcliffe College and is the author of seven cookbooks and five works for young adult readers. She is a certified personal trainer currently involved in public health initiatives promoting self-care. Diana and her husband Simon Clark have two (nearly) grown children.

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