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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....

Shawn Clement

Senior Data Associate

Shawn joins J Street after spending over five years working in Salesforce, fundraising and IT in the non-profit sector. Shawn graduated from...

Ariel Gudwin

Senior Talent and Finance Associate

Ariel joins J Street after receiving an M.S. in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. Ariel has previous experience with nonprofits, government agencies and startup organizations...

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...

Communal Relations Team

Government Affairs Team

Development Team

Public Engagement Team

Alan Elsner

Special Advisor to the President

Alan Elsner has had a long career at the top ranks of American and international journalism prior to joining J Street. As State Department and later White House correspondent for Reuters News Agency, Elsner traveled the world with...

Benjamin Silverstein

Digital Director

Benjamin returned to head J Street’s digital department after a year on the DCCC’s digital team. Prior to that, he spent four years as a digital associate and a grant writer for J Street. Originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts...

Courtney Rohrbach

National Director of Public Affairs and Strategic Events

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...

Logan Bayroff

Director 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...

Alyson Samach

Assistant Director of Events and Public Engagement

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...

Nathan Wolfson

Senior Digital Associate

Nathan joins 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...

Brian Mandel

Events and Programming Associate

Brian joins J Street with over four years of Program and Event Management experience. He graduated from American University with a BA in History in 2013. From 2013-2017, he worked at the International Tax...

Lindsey Forte

Events and Programming Associate

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...

Ben Winsor

Senior Communications Associate

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...

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Political Team

J Street U

Ruti Kadish

National Director of Young Leadership

Ruti is J Street’s National Director of Young Leadership. Ruti has been active in the feminist, LGBT and peace movements, in both the US and Israel, for over two decades...

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...

Shana Iden

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...

Ben Gellman

Southwest Campus Organizer

Ben joins the J Street U team after graduating from Johns Hopkins University with degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics. He was active in J Street U throughout his time at Hopkins, where he held...

Rikki Baker Keusch

Mid-Atlantic Campus Organizer

While at university, Rikki was involved in J Street U leadership, interning for J Street in Jerusalem, serving as the J Street U vice president for the Midwest in the 2016-2017 school year and working as an organizing fellow...

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