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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

Deputy Director of Information Systems & Technology

Shawn serves as J Street’s Deputy 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

Dylan Williams

Senior Vice President for Policy and Strategy

Named one of The Hill's "Top Lobbyists" seven years in a row, Dylan is J Street's Washington, DC-based chief lobbyist and is responsible for developing and executing the organization's strategy for securing pro-Israel, pro-peace...

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...

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...

Hannah Morris

Deputy 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...

Zach Spitz

Government Affairs Associate

Zach joins J Street after working as a field organizer in the 2020 election cycle, first on Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign in Iowa, and then with the Michigan Democratic Party. He was an active member of J Street U, serving on...

Benji Schwartz

Senior Government Affairs Associate

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...

Cooper Boyar

Assistant Director for Congressional Education

Cooper joins the Government Affairs team after working in J Street’s New England office for five years. He graduated from Brandeis University in 2016, majoring in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and Politics. While at Brandeis he was...

Cara Kupferman

Political Assistant

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..

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...

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...

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

Deputy 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

Associate 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...

Marisa Edmondson

Digital Assistant

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

— Team I —

Janette Hillis-Jaffe

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

Janette Hillis-Jaffe returns to J Street after having served as the Regional Political Director and then Special Adviser to the New England Region from 2010 to 2013. Janette has over two decades of experience in marketing, development...

Jasmine Gothelf Winship

Deputy 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...

Noah Finkelstein

Assistant Regional Director for Midwest

Noah is Midwest Assistant Regional Director. 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 Dror...

Max Yenkin

Assistant 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.

Richard Martin

Engagement Assistant for New England

Richard joins J Street after organizing for the 2020 Coordinated Campaign in Florida and Biden for President in Iowa, South Carolina, Nebraska and Florida. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Global...

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..

— Team II —

Shifra Sered

Regional Director of Engagement

Shifra joins J Street after returning to the US from living and working in Israel for 4 years. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in Linguistics and completing a year as an AmeriCorps...

Trevor Dworetz

Associate Regional Director for Mid-Atlantic

Trevor joins J Street after working most recently as a grassroots campaign organizer for HIAS. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Economics, Trevor worked as a Research Assistant for the Federal Reserve...

Zena Hinds

Assistant Regional Director for Mid-Atlantic

Zena comes to J Street from Tectonic Theater Project (the company behind “The Laramie Project,” one of the most frequently performed plays in America) where she served as Director of Development. Since earning her BFA in theater from...

Avital Knoller

Assistant Regional Director for Mid-Atlantic

Previous to this role, Avital joined J Street as the J Street U New-England Organizer and Mid-Atlantic liason after graduating from Tel-Aviv University’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution master’s program. Her focus was the Middle East...

A.P. Miller

Engagement Assistant

AP Miller joins JStreet after graduating from Indiana University-Bloomington, where they majored in Political Science and minored in Information Systems. While at IU, they served as a teaching assistant in the Department of Political...

Leora Nevins

Mid-Atlantic J Street U Regional Coordinator

Leora Nevins joined the J Street New England Regional Team after graduating from Brandeis University, where she majored in Environmental Studies and minored in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies....

— Team III —

— Team IV —

Amos Gil

Regional Director for Capital/South

Amos Gil has over 30 years experience in building, managing, and expanding highly visible and influential social-oriented non-profit organizations and start-up projects...

Elle Segal

Associate Regional Director for Capital/South & Associate Director of Engagement

Elle Segal joins J Street after working for several years in grassroots organizing, advocacy, partnership development and Jewish communal outreach. Previously, Elle worked for the JCRC of the Bay Area and the University of California. At...

Arielle Hollies

Senior Regional Associate for Capital/South

Arielle joined J Street after graduating from Cornell University, where she majored in Sociology and minored in Inequality Studies and Spanish. She previously interned at Homestretch, working on transitional housing, and at the Feminist...

Skyler Scoggan

Associate Regional Director for Southwest

Skyler is a fourth-generation proponent of a peaceful and democratic Israel. This is his second stint with J Street after serving as the Regional Lead Organizer for the Mountain West from 2015-2016. He has spent time working at the Geneva..

Nathaniel Markowitz

Southern Deputy Regional Director

Nathaniel returned to J Street in 2021 after working several cycles on political campaigns. He previously served at J Street on the development team. Nathaniel got a master's degree in public and international affairs from the University...

Adam Deakin

Engagement Assistant

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...

J Street U

Michael Chaitow

J Street U Director

Michael is an organizer and campaigner who comes to this role after working as Associate Regional Director for NJ and PA at J Street. Prior to joining J Street, he worked as a media and policy adviser for senior members of the Australian...

Erin Beiner

Senior Associate and J Street U Deputy 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...

Leora Nevins

Mid-Atlantic J Street U Regional Coordinator

Leora Nevins joined J Street after graduating from Brandeis University, where she majored in Environmental Studies and minored in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. While at Brandeis, she was a student leader in various Jewish groups, and...

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...

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...

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