Join us for the 2022 Gala Dinner! The Gala Dinner is our capstone event of the year. The Gala gives us an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments, highlight the work of our champions and build momentum behind our agenda for the year ahead. Join us as we showcase the strength of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement!
Congratulations to our 2022 Honorees!
Ilyse Hogue is the president of Purpose, a social impact organization that builds and supports movements to advance the fight for an open, just, and habitable world. She is a fierce advocate for justice and a leader, innovator and coalition builder across American and global progressive movements. As Purpose’s President, Ilyse supports the global team of passionate changemakers and steers strategic planning and development. A trained ecologist, she approaches social change from a systems perspective, looking to identify gaps and points of leverage at which to intervene and proactively anticipating trends where Purpose can apply knowledge and capacity to address emerging threats. Ilyse, who has spent over a quarter century waging fights on behalf of humanity and our planet, most recently served in an eight-year tenure as president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, during which she helped transform the legacy organization into a modern-day organizing and political powerhouse.
Amy Spitalnick is the Executive Director of Integrity First for America, a civil rights nonprofit organization dedicated to holding those accountable who threaten longstanding principles of our democracy. IFA recently won its groundbreaking lawsuit against the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups responsible for the Unite the Right violence, securing multi-million dollar judgments on behalf of Charlottesville community members who were injured. Under Amy’s leadership, IFA has become a powerful national voice in the fight against extremism – and its Charlottesville case has emerged as a model for accountability. Before joining IFA, Amy served as Communications Director and Senior Policy Advisor to the New York Attorney General; advisor and spokesperson for the New York City Mayor; and Communications Director in the New York State Senate. She has also worked for a number of federal, state, and local campaigns and advocacy organizations – including as J Street’s first press secretary.
Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators. The AFT is dedicated to the belief that every person in America deserves the freedom to thrive, fueled by opportunity, justice and a voice in our democracy. Randi has led the AFT’s efforts to strengthen public education for all children and to address the crisis in the teaching profession caused by deep disinvestment and the deprofessionalization of teaching and has launched major efforts to place real education reform high on the nation’s and her union’s agendas. Prior to her election as AFT president in 2008, Weingarten served for 11 years as president of the United Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2, as counsel to UFT president and was a teacher of history at Clara Barton High School.