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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...

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

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

Assistant 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...

Sam Rollin

Office and Finance Assistant

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

Anna Schwartz

Special Assistant to the President and 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...

Communal Relations Team

Government Affairs Team

Dylan Williams

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs

Named one of The Hill's "Top Lobbyists" five years in a row, Dylan leads the government affairs team at J Street and is is responsible for developing and executing the legislative strategy...

Debra Shushan

Director of Government Affairs

Debra is director of government affairs at J Street, where she manages the advocacy operations and activities of the Government Affairs team. As an analyst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and US foreign policy, Dr. Shushan...

Ashley Freiberger

Associate Director of Government Affairs

Ashley joins J Street with over five years of legislative and federal government experience. During her time on the Hill, Ashley worked as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Feinstein on the Senate Caucus on International...

Hannah Morris

Assistant 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...

Madeleine Cereghino

Senior Congressional Liaison

Madeleine comes to J Street from the lobbying firm Peck Madigan Jones, where she worked as an assistant for two years. In this capacity she planned and staffed the firm’s events for members of Congress. She also planned and prepared...

Kyle Fradkin

Assistant Director of Government Affairs

Kyle joins the Government Affairs team after 3 years working with the J Street Northwest Regional Team. He is a recent graduate of Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles and prior attended the University of California, Davis where...

Development Team

Public Engagement Team

Dr. Christine Beresniova

Director of Education and Public Engagement

Dr. Christine Beresniova is the Director of Education and Public Engagement at J Street. She has spent her professional career designing programs on peace and tolerance education. She joined J street from the South Carolina Council...

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...

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...

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

Assistant Director of Events

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

Senior Events & 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...

Noa Nir

Digital Associate

Noa joins J Street with several years of Jewish nonprofit experience. Most recently, she worked as the development associate for Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia – the largest congregation in the Commonwealth...

Noah Finkelstein

Senior Coalitions Associate

Noah is the Senior Coalitions Associate for J Street's Public Engagement Team. Previous to this role, Noah was a part of the J Street U team, as the Senior Campus Organizer for three years. Before joining the J Street team...

Regional Team

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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...

Abby Kirschbaum

Assistant Director of Young Leadership

Abby Kirschbaum serves as Assistant Director of Young Leadership at J Street. Prior to her role at J Street, Abby worked as the Jerusalem Branch Manager of Mejdi Tours...

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...

Naomi Goldman-Nagel

Midwest Campus Organizer

Naomi joins the J Street U team after serving on the National Student Board as the vice president for the Northwest. Naomi graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a BA in History.

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...

Erin Beiner

Southeast Campus Organizer

Erin joins J Street after working as the DC Community Organizer for HIAS as part of the Avodah Jewish Service Corps. While at HIAS, Erin helped mobilize the Greater Washington Jewish community to support and advocate...

Avital Knoller

Northeast Campus Organizer

Avital joins J Street after graduating from Tel-Aviv University’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution master’s program. Her focus was the Middle East region and the Israeli -Palestinian conflict, religious conflicts and ethics. She was...

Shira Livne

J Street U Organizing and Campaign Director

Shira is the J Street U Organizing and Campaign Director. Shira joined J Street after graduating from Georgetown University's Conflict Resolution master's program...

Israel Team

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