J Street U, the student arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement, today announced the election of its sixth national student board.
The National Board, which directs the student arm of J Street, was elected by the organization’s leaders at the annual Summer Leadership Institute this week. It is comprised of the president and six other elected representatives, each of whom represents a geographic region. The board members make decisions as a group and work collaboratively to guide strategy for the organization.
Amna Farooqi, a senior at the University of Maryland, was elected President of the J Street U National Student Board. She has previously served as Southeast Representative on the National Board, and as Student Co-Chair for the 2013 J Street National Conference. She spent the spring 2014 semester in Jerusalem, studying Hebrew and Political Science at Hebrew University. This past summer she lived in Jerusalem and interned with J Street U's Israel program.
Ellie Boswell, a junior at Yale, was elected Vice President for the Mid-Atlantic region. She has been active with J Street U since her freshman year, and served last year as Mid-Atlantic Regional Co-Chair, and was a summer intern with J Street U's Israel program. In 2012-2013, she spent 3 months living in Jordan, and 4 months in Israel, training with a dance company in the Negev.
Tali deGroot, a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was elected Vice President for the Southeast region. She grew up an active member of the Jewish community in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has previously served as Southeast Regional Co-Chair, and as a summer intern with J Street U's Israel program. Last year she served as J Street U National Conference Co-Chair. Following high school, Tali spent a year in Israel through Young Judaea's year course program.
Zoe Goldblum, a sophomore at Stanford University, was elected Vice President for the Northwest region. She has been active in J Street U since freshman year, and previously served on the board of J Street U Stanford. She currently serves as the Social Action Chair of the Stanford Jewish Students Association, and as the Jewish community liaison to the Executive Cabinet of the Stanford student government.
Elie Leaderman-Bray, a senior at the University of Massachusetts, was elected Vice President for the Northeast region. She has previously served as Northeast Regional Co-Chair and as Co-Chair of J Street UMass. This past summer she interned with J Street's Boston office. She is a board member of Koach, the Conservative Jewish community at UMass.
Hannah Nayowith, a senior at Carleton College, was elected Vice President for the Midwest region. She has previously served as a Co-Chair of J Street U Carleton. This past summer she spent two months living in the West Bank, researching the experiences of Palestinian women and the intersection between women's rights and civil rights.
Lizzie Stein, a senior at Occidental College, was elected Vice President for the Southwest region. She has been active with J Street U since her freshman year, previously served as Southwest Regional Co-chair, and interned with the office of Representative Lois Capps as part of J Street's Congressional internship program.