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Communal Relations Team


Kevin Rachlin

Vice President of Public Affairs

Kevin returned to J Street in 2021 as the Vice President of Public Affairs, bringing over a decade of experience in US-focused advocacy and non-profit leadership. He previously served at J Street from 2010 to 2016 in multiple roles...

Hannah Morris

Director of Government Affairs

Hannah joins J Street after earning a M.A. in German and European Studies from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. There, she focused on German-Israeli relations and wrote a thesis comparing the special relationships Israel shares...

Tali deGroot

National Political Director

Tali deGroot returned to J Street in 2022 as the Ilya Braverman National Political Director. Tali previously worked at J Street from 2016-2019 in various roles on the Capitol South Regional Team. Tali first discovered J Street while she...

Cooper Boyar

Director of Public Affairs

Cooper joins the Public Affairs Team after six years in a variety of roles at J Street. He previously served as Associate Director for Congressional Education, managing J Street's Congressional travel to Israel and the West Bank...

Evan DeWitt

Public Affairs and Policy Assistant

Evan joins J Street after graduating from American University in 2023 with a degree in international studies. There, he focused on peace, global security, and conflict resolution in the Middle East and North Africa region. Evan...

Benji Schwartz

Government Affairs Assistant Director

Benji comes to J Street after working as communications and policy director for Representative Malinowski's two successful campaigns for Congress in 2018 and 2020. In between, he served as a legislative assistant in...

Regev Ortal

Senior Government Affairs Associate

Regev joined J Street in 2022 after moving to Washington, D.C. from Israel. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Tel Aviv University and has served in the Israel Defense Forces International Cooperation Unit, where she facilitated...

Josh Binderman

Associate PAC Manager

Josh joins J Street with a Bachelor’s degree in American Government and Political Science from the University of Maryland. He has worked on several political campaigns, and recently completed an internship with the office of Congressman...

Lexi Goldwyn

Assistant Political Director

Lexi joins J Street after working on campaigns, advocacy organizations, and political committees, most recently as a national fundraising consultant for incumbent Senate Democrats. Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, Lexi graduated from...

Hannah Fajer

Senior Government Affairs Associate

Hannah joins J Street in 2023 after previously serving as Policy Associate on the advocacy team at American Jewish World Service (AJWS). While at AJWS, she mobilized the Jewish community on international human rights issues and elevated...

Kat DesCamp-Renner

Government Affairs Associate and Defense Policy Analyst

Kat joined J Street in 2022 and previously served as Program Assistant for Middle East Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2021 with degrees in Foreign Affairs and...

Policy Team

Development Team

Adee Telem

Senior Vice President Of Development

Adee serves as J Street’s Senior Vice President of Development, overseeing fundraising and leadership engagement across the country. Prior to this, she was J Street’s Tri-State/PA Regional Director, directing fundraising, advocacy...

Josh Lockman

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Josh Lockman has been actively involved in local/national politics and the Middle East policy arena. He has taught international law and US foreign policy at USC Law School since 2011. During the 2016 campaign, Josh served on Secretary...

Becca Freedman

Director of Foundation Relations

Becca Freedman oversees foundation relations at J Street -- working across the organization to grow and strengthen J Street's institutional funding portfolio. She brings with her a decade of experience in philanthropy and foundation...

Nick Shulevitz

Director of Development Operations

Nick joins J Street after spending over five years working as a fundraiser on Congressional campaigns. Nick has raised money for candidates in Illinois, New York, Nevada and Florida. As a finance director, Nick has both planned...

Alexandra Hain

Assistant Director, Foundation Relations

Alexandra returned to J Street in 2022 after obtaining her master's degree in International and European Politics at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She previously worked as the Development Associate where she helped lead the...

Maia Lev

Development Assistant

Maia joins J Street after graduating from American University, where she majored in International Relations, with a concentration in global inequality and development. Maia has previous experience fundraising for Cycle for Survival...


Logan Bayroff

VP 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...

Ben Winsor

Special Advisor for Strategic Communications

Ben joins J Street after serving as Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill’s Digital Director during the 2018 midterms. From a communications placement with the International Criminal Court...

Nathan Wolfson

Director of Communications Operations

Nathan joined J Street after spending three years managing digital marketing for The Atlantic's live event division. Prior to that, he worked in new media strategy for the National Park Service while earning his masters degree in Media...

Jonathan Wolf

Assistant Director of Strategic Campaigns

Jonathan joins J Street after earning a M.P.A. in Urban and Social Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. While there, Jonathan served on the board of the school’s Civic and Voter Engagement...

Marisa Edmondson

Communications Operations Associate

Marisa joins J Street after graduating from Middlebury College, where she majored in political science and minored in Arabic. During her time at Middlebury College, Marisa interned for J Street’s Government Affairs team...

Brian Wolfson

Communications and Design Associate

Brian joins J Street with an extensive background in communications and a passion for progressive politics. While attending Florida International University, Brian founded Tzedek FIU, a social justice organization informed by Jewish ideals.

Eliza Schloss

Communications Associate

Eliza joins J Street after graduating from American University, where she studied journalism and Jewish studies. She most recently completed research with her alma mater on antisemitic extremism found on alternative social media platforms..



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Janette Hillis-Jaffe

Senior Director for New England and the Midwest & Deputy National Director of Engagement

Janette Hillis-Jaffe established J Street's Boston office, initially serving as the Regional Political Director and then Special Adviser to the New England Region from 2010 to 2013. She returned as Regional Director for New England in...

Madison Goldstein

Associate Regional Director for New England

Madison joined J Street after two election cycles working as a finance director on Democratic Congressional campaigns. In 2020, she launched MJ Hegar’s $23 million campaign for US Senate in Texas and served as Deputy Finance Director...

Marina Cemaj

Midwest Senior Regional Associate

Marina Cemaj joins J Street after working on this issue for several years, focusing on grassroots peacebuilding in the region including working at the Alliance for Middle East Peace...

Sara Hidigian

Engagement Assistant for New England

Sara joins J Street after graduating from University of Oregon Clark Honors College in 2023 (sco ducks!) where they studied Political Science, Global Engagement, and Sociology. Outside...

Rachel Black

Engagement Assistant for New England

Rachel joins J Street with experience in political advocacy and peacebuilding work in Israel-Palestine. In May of 2022 she graduated from American University with a B.A. in political science and a degree in creative writing. She has...

Noah Finkelstein

Midwest Deputy Regional Director

Noah is Deputy Regional Director for Midwest. Previous to this role, Noah was the Senior Coalitions Associate on J Street's Public Engagement team and held roles on the J Street U team. Before joining J Street, he worked at Habonim...

Cara Kupferman

Public Affairs Senior Associate

Cara joins J Street after working on the 2020 presidential election as a field organizer for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Prior to the campaign, she graduated from Harvard College, where she studied government. Outside the classroom..

Joe Valliquette

Midwest Engagement Assistant

Joe is the Midwest Engagement Assistant at J Street’s Chicago office. Since the 2018 blue wave, Joe has been deeply involved in the Illinois Democratic party and various political campaigns. He additionally has worked for Men4Choice, an...

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Yael Maizel

Regional Director for West Coast

Yael joined J Street in 2011 after five years in Israel where she worked with a number of social justice and human rights organizations, including the Association...

Rabbi Andrew Straus

Regional Director for Northwest

Rabbi Straus joins J Street after a successful career as a congregational rabbi, primarily in California and Arizona. Most recently, he was the rabbi of Temple Adat Elohim of Thousand Oaks, CA and before that served as the...

Nicole Malina

Deputy Regional Director for Southern California

Nicole Malina was thrilled to join the J Street Southern California team as Deputy Regional Director in 2019. Originally from New York, Nicole has worked in development and nonprofit administration in California for over fifteen...

Hannah Green

Deputy Regional Director for Northwest

Hannah grew up in Jerusalem, in a house bordering on the 1949 Armistice border. She completed her Israeli military service as an instructor in the tank corps in the midst of the Al-Aqsa intifada. Later, during her years as a student at...

Adam Bilow

Assistant Regional Director, West Coast

Adam joins J Street after a number of years working in political fundraising on Democratic campaigns and non-profit development. In 2018 he served as Deputy Finance Director on Zephyr Teachout's campaign for Attorney General of New York...

Brian Levy

Assistant Director of Public Affairs for the West Coast

Brian Levy is thrilled to join the J Street West Coast team as the Assistant Director of Public Affairs. Originally from Connecticut, Brian has spent his career working across both the political and Jewish communal advocacy spaces...

Casey Crouch

Engagement Assistant for the West Coast

Casey joins J Street after graduating from UCLA, where he majored in Political Science and minored in Public Affairs and Study of Religion. While in college, Casey interned with various public sector entities throughout the State of...

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J Street U

Erin Beiner

J Street U Director

Erin is an organizer and educator. She came to this role after working as the Southeast Campus Organizer for J Street U. Erin joined J Street in 2019 after working as the DC Community Organizer for HIAS while a participant in the Avodah...

Maya Pollack

J Street U Senior Coordinator for Capital South and Student Programming; Education Manager

Maya is an educator and activist. She came to J Street after working for New Story Leadership, an Israel/Palestine advocacy and dialogue organization. Prior to working for NSL, Maya attended American University where she graduated with a...

Simone Pass Tucker

J Street U Regional Coordinator, Midwest

Simone is an activist and campaigner. They attended J Street’s Let Our People Know trip in 2019 and maintained involvement with J Street U as a student. As a student at The College of William and Mary, Simone studied Sociology, Arabic...

Evan Drukker-Schardl

J Street U Senior Coordinator for New England and Student Training and Public Affairs Manager

Evan joins J Street after working as a Field Organizer for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2020 with a BA in International Studies and Sociology and held many roles in J Street U...

Alexandria James-Blaha

J Street U Regional Coordinator, Mid-Atlantic

A compassionate attention to our social world fuels Alexandria’s forward movement. A queer perspective paired with German heritage strengthens her resolve for human rights and Jewish allyship, which all informs her work at J Street. She...

Adam Deakin

J Street U Operations and Programming Coordinator

Adam joins J Street full time after completing a fellowship with the Capital/South region. In 2020, he graduated magna cum laude from American University, with a degree in Political Science. At American, Adam worked as a student...

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