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PRESIDENT & FOUNDER

ADMINISTRATIVE & FINANCE TEAM

Adina Vogel-Ayalon

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...

Danny Yu

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Danny Yu is J Street's Vice President of Finance and Administration. Danny has extensive experience in financial management and reporting, fiscal planning and analysis, accounting, benefits administration, and grant and administrative...

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

Deputy 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...

Anna Schwartz

Special Assistant to the President and Senior Operations Associate

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...

Sam Rollin

Finance, Office and Administration 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

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...

Laura Birnbaum

National Political Director

Laura joined J Street in 2019 after working on political campaigns, most recently as the Finance Director on an Ohio congressional race. In addition to her day job as a political junkie, she is a member of the bargaining committee for...

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...

Becky Galler

National Director of Political Fundraising

Becky joined J Street in 2019, serving most recently as the Midwest Regional Director and previously as Deputy Regional Director. She graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and has extensive...

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...

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...

Josh Binderman

Political Assistant

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

PAC Manager

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...

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...

Jaimee Schwartz

Senior Development Associate

Jaimee joined J Street after graduating from The George Washington University with a degree in Political Science and American Studies. Previously she was a Field Organizer for the Pennsylvania Democrats and the Mid-Atlantic Regional...

Alexandra Hain

Senior Associate, 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...

COMMUNICATIONS & DIGITAL TEAM

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

Digital Director

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

Deputy Digital Director

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

Digital 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...

Noa Barash

Communications Associate

Noa joins J Street with an extensive background in advocacy and communications. After graduating from the University of Delaware she worked as a field organizer on the 2020 election cycle in both Pennsylvania and Georgia. Most recently...

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.

EVENTS TEAM

ENGAGEMENT TEAM

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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...

Jasmine Gothelf Winship

Regional Director for New England

Jasmine Gothelf Winship joins J Street with a deep commitment to Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state that started with her yearly summers in Israel...

Madison Goldstein

Assistant 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...

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

Associate Regional Director for Midwest

Noah is Associate 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...

Max Yenkin

Associate Regional Director for Midwest

Max joins J Street with experience in local politics and advocacy. Max graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in International Relations and International Economics in 2016.

Cara Kupferman

Public Affairs 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..

Jacob Lewis

Engagement Assistant for Midwest

Jacob joins J Street after completing a fellowship with the Midwest region. In December of 2021 he graduated from American University with a degree in Political Science and Israel Studies. Jacob has a strong background in politics through..

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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...

Ariana Rothman

Midwest J Street U Regional Coordinator

Ariana joins J Street after completing a year of service with Avodah’s Jewish Service Corps. Ariana’s Avodah placement was at the Legal Council for Health Justice, where she worked on Social Security disability cases for people who are...

Maya Pollack

Capital South J Street U Regional Coordinator

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

Northwest J Street U Regional Coordinator

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

New England J Street U Regional Coordinator

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...

Aidan Jelinek

Southwest J Street U Regional Coordinator

Aidan comes to J Street after moving from Melbourne Australia. He holds a Bachelor's degree in arts majoring in International Relations and Religious studies (the fun stuff) as well as a master's degree in International Relations with a...

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...

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