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PRESIDENT & FOUNDER

ADMINISTRATIVE & FINANCE TEAM

Adina Vogel-Ayalon

Vice President and Chief of Staff

Adina joined J Street in 2015 as the Deputy Israel Director at J Street and in 2020, she served as J Street’s Israel Director before taking on the role of Chief of Staff in 2021. Prior to J Street, Adina worked at the Shimon Peres Center...

Kate Press

Senior VP of Operations and Employee Engagement

Kate has been part of the J Street team since 2009. Prior to her current role, she served as the J Street U East Coast Campus Organizer, New York Regional Director, and National Director of Regional Operations and Strategy. As Vice...

Shawn Clement

Director of Information Systems & Technology

Shawn serves as J Street’s Director of Information Systems & Technology. He has several years of working in Salesforce (two-time certified), fundraising and IT in the non-profit sector. In his most recent role prior to J Street...

Ariel Gudwin

Director of Employee Engagement

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...

Holly Conlon

Special Assistant to the President and Senior Operations Associate

Holly joins J Street after graduating from Harvard College, where she majored in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. While in college, she served on Congresswoman Becca Balint’s campaign as Deputy Communications Director...

Sam Rollin

Finance, Office, and Admin Senior Associate

Sam joins J Street after working with Educational Theatre Company. As director of administration and marketing, they helped further the arts nonprofit's mission of bringing theatre education to under-served populations. Sam also works as...

Communal Relations Team

PUBLIC AFFAIRS TEAM

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...

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...

Ben Kanter

Prospect Management Senior Associate

Ben joins the J Street team with a background in outbound development from years of working in the tech startup space and recruiting industry. Having originally grown up in Connecticut, Ben attended the College of Charleston to study...

Joshua Fielding

Development Assistant

Joshua joins J Street after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied Sociology with a minor in Political Science. Born and raised in New York City, Joshua spent summers at URJ Crane Lake Camp where he...

COMMUNICATIONS & DIGITAL TEAM

EVENTS TEAM

ENGAGEMENT TEAM

— Team I —

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

Deputy Regional Director

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 Hadigian

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...

Noah Finkelstein

Midwest 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...

— Team II —

— Team III —

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

Northwest Regional Director

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...

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...

— Team IV —

J Street U

Israel Team

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