Ron Klein, Chair

Ron Klein, chair of JDCA’s board, served as a Member of Congress (FL-22) from 2006-2010. Klein is currently an attorney and member of Holland & Knight’s Public Policy & Regulation Group. He is also a co-chair of the firm’s Israel Practice Group. From 1992 through 1996, Ron served in the Florida House of Representatives; and from 1996 through 2006, he served in the Florida Senate, where he was elected Democratic leader. While in the Florida Senate, he helped set up the Enterprise Florida (Florida’s official state agency) office in Israel, which advocates trade and investment between businesses in Florida and Israel.

In 2006, Ron was elected to represent Florida’s 22nd congressional district (Broward and Palm Beach Counties) in the House of Representatives, where he served two terms. He served on the Financial Services and Foreign Relations committees and as vice chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia. He also served as co-chair of the House Anti-Semitism Caucus.

Ron played a significant role in the drafting and passage of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010. He proposed and persuaded lawmakers to include sections in the law that provide significant enforcement authority to the United States government against businesses that violate the law, but do business directly or indirectly in the United States.

As the vice chair of the Mideast Subcommittee, he had numerous meetings and opportunities to travel and engage with government and business leaders in Israel. As co-chair of Holland & Knight’s Israel Business Initiative, he is working with firm attorneys, clients and others in identifying and facilitating investment and business collaboration opportunities between Israel and the United States.

Barbara Goldberg Goldman, Vice Chair

Barbara Goldberg Goldman is President of B&G Regal Domestics, Inc., a national employment placement agency located in Rockville, and Managing Partner of Quorum, LLC, a land-use consulting firm specializing in mixed-use and mixed-income developments, and affordable housing.

Barbara is the founder of the nationally recognized Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County and has served as its Chair and now Co-chair since its inception in 1991. Barbara served on the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County for thirteen years and was its chair for five of those years. During the Carter administration, she served at the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Community Planning and Development, where she worked with Congress on housing and economic development policy and programmatic legislative programs and initiatives.

Prior to HUD, she was with the National League of Cities and U.S. Conference of Mayors as the Director of the Washington, D.C. offices for San Jose, California; Lincoln, Nebraska; and the Metropolitan Toledo Consortium. Barbara served as Special Assistant to and Speechwriter for Rep. Barbara C. Jordan (D-TX), and Legislative Aide to Rep. Ron Dellums (D-CA).

Barbara, who holds a Master of Arts degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Maryland, also has served on many affordable housing and related panels and forums throughout the United States.

She served as Co-Chair on Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett’s transition team’s Affordable Housing Task Force, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s transition team’s Workforce Housing Task Force. She also co-chaired The Affordable Housing Task Force of Montgomery County, and served on the Housing and Economic Development Subcommittee on Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich’s Commission on Housing Policy. Barbara co-chaired Barack Obama’s Jewish Community Leadership Committee in 2008 and again in 2012.

A graduate of Leadership Montgomery, Barbara is the recipient of a number of awards including Montgomery County’s 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award. She currently serves on the Strathmore Hall Foundation Board, Save A Child’s Heart Board, and American Jewish Committee Washington, DC Board. Past affiliations include Montgomery County’s Community Development Block Grant Advisory Board, Montgomery County’s Charter Review Commission, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Maccabi USA, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, and the Jewish Social Service Agency of Maryland, Washington and Virginia.


Beth Kieffer Leonard, Treasurer

An accountant by profession, Beth Kieffer Leonard is managing partner of Lurie LLP, one of the top 100 accounting firms in the United States. She was president of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation from 2006-2008, where she served as treasurer as well as Business and Professional Campaign chair in 2014. She received the Tychman Family Young Leadership Award and participated in the first Harry Kay Leadership program, an intensive leadership development program modeled after the Wexner program.

She received the Presidents’ Award from the Women Presidents Organization and the Advocacy Award from the Women’s Business Development Center. Beth has been on The Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors since 2008.

David Adler, Secretary

David Adler is the president of Adler Development, the development and project management division of Adler Group, Inc. In this position, he is responsible for contributing to the development and acquisition of high-rise multifamily, industrial, office and retail properties. Additionally, he oversees business development of third-party development projects, project management services and capital expenditure and facilities management programs for properties owned and managed by Adler Group.

Since joining Adler Group in 1997, David, a licensed general contractor, has been involved in all development and construction projects. Currently, he is working on high-rise multifamily commercial and retail projects, primarily in the South East.

David represents the third-generation of one of Florida’s most respected “builder families.” His grandfather, Samuel I. Adler, founded Southern General Builders in the early 1950s and built, owned and managed nearly 8,000 high-rise rental apartment units in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The Adler family name is synonymous with the entrepreneurial leadership and innovation that keeps Adler Group at the forefront of the real estate industry.

David lives in Miami with his two children Samson and Mason. He is committed to community service and education initiatives, David is a dedicated member of the Young Founders Club at Mount Sinai Medical Center, a past member of the Florida International University Foundation Board of Directors, and is the past Treasurer of the Jewish Museum of Florida. Additionally, he is actively involved with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center.

Israel “Izzy” Klein, Political Chair

An expert at helping businesses, associations and nonprofits manage complex public policy issues across Washington, Israel “Izzy” Klein is a government relations and communications specialist focusing on financial services, technology, tax, telecommunications and energy.

A veteran of both sides of the US Capitol, Izzy worked as the top communications aide for Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and then-Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA). Prior to co-founding the Klein/Johnson Group, Izzy spent nearly a decade first as a senior principal at a large public affairs firm, and then as managing partner at a boutique lobbying firm.

Izzy has spearheaded government relations and media outreach efforts for dozens of organizations. Izzy led a coalition of fin-tech startups during consideration of the Dodd-Frank Act; quarterbacked a comprehensive legislative effort to pass the JOBS Act in 2012; and advised an impressive roster of Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, non-profits, and fast growing startups with complex political and high-profile policy challenges. Izzy has been quoted as a political policy expert by The New York Times, Politico, Bloomberg News, Boston Globe and other media outlets.

Izzy works closely with Senate and House Democrats across a dozen top committees and in the leadership on policy, political, and communications priorities. He also has deep relationships with several regulatory agencies, think tanks and other third party groups, in addition to DC and national media outlets.

For Schumer, Izzy led communications efforts on a broad portfolio of issues after relating to New York, the Senate Finance, Banking, and Judiciary Committees. He also served as Schumer’s deputy staff director at the Joint Economic Committee during the 2008 economic meltdown, where he helped the Committee tackle crucial economic policy issues relating to the housing and credit crisis, foreign direct investment in the US, and energy independence.

Izzy held several senior staff roles for Senator Ed Markey, including Press Secretary and led then-Congressman Markey’s homeland security efforts post-September 11.

A native of West Orange, New Jersey, Izzy holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. He is a board member of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, the Junior State of America Foundation and is a mentor with 1776.

Izzy lives with his wife, Sarah, their twins, and a very large fluffy dog in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Ada Horwich, Finance Chair

Ada Horwich earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of California Berkeley and her master of social work at University of Southern California. She also worked as a special education teacher and served in the United States Peace Corps as a master teacher of science in the Philippines.

Ada is active in numerous community organizations including the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. She also sits on the board of the Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA.

Ada and her husband, Jim, chaired the Jewish Federation General Campaign in 2006 and 2007. She was the president of the Women’s Alliance for Israel PAC and she chaired the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Southern California where she currently serves on the national board of directors.

Ada co-chairs the Centennial Endowment campaign for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. She is a pro-Israel activist and last spring received the Lea Rabin Award from the Women’s Campaign of the Los Angeles Federation. Ada and Jim have three daughters – Tamara, Elana and Danielle — and five grandchildren.

Diane (Dede) Feinberg, Governance Chair

Diane (Dede) Feinberg is a former chair of the executive committee of the board of The Jewish Federations of North America.

A member of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Board of Governors, she serves as deputy chair of the Unity of Jewish People Committee. She is also the former vice chair of the United Israel Appeal.

Dede was the chair of the missions committee for JFNA, the National Women’s Philanthropy International Lion of Judah conference, and NWP’s major gifts committee. Dede and her husband, Kenneth, were North American co-chairs of the 2009 Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly in Washington, DC.

At the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Dede has held many portfolios including president, campaign chair, and the president and campaign chair of the women’s division. She also served as chair of financial resource development for the United Jewish Endowment Fund of Greater Washington. She is currently a member of its board of directors.

Dede was a trader on Wall Street for five years specializing in high technology stocks. For the past several decades, her strong leadership and organization skills coupled with her devotion and commitment to Jewish values have been benefiting local, national and international Jewish organizations as well as strengthening the U.S.- Israel relationship.

Among the honors she has received are the National Women’s Philanthropy Kipnis Wilson/Friedland Award; National Capital Philanthropy Day Exceptional Volunteer Fundraiser; Whitney North Seymour Award of Outstanding Public Service; UJA of Greater Washington Campaigner of the Year and the Montgomery County Department of Family Resources Can Do Award.

Marc R. Stanley, Member at Large

A trial lawyer, political activist, Jewish community leader, and philanthropist from Dallas, Texas, Marc R. Stanley has 34 years of experience as a leading trial lawyer and 40 years of experience in government and public service, including his appointment as chairman of the Texas Public Finance Authority by Texas Gov. Ann Richards. Secretary of Defense William Cohen appointed Marc to the Board of Visitors of the Air University of the United States Air Force. In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Marc to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Marc chaired the National Jewish Democratic Council from 2008 – 2014 and The Legacy Senior Living Communities (Jewish senior living in Dallas) from 2015 – 2018. He has also served in leadership positions on many national Jewish organizations and current sits on the board of the Israel Policy Forum.

Susie Stern, Member at Large

Susan K. Stern is a community activist and political advocate in New York and nationally. She was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Her work focused on Human Trafficking. For her work on human trafficking, she was selected as one of New York New Abolitionists.

She is a Commissioner and Immediate Past Chair of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service. She serves on the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

Stern is the immediate past Vice Chair of The Jewish Federations of North America and created the International Lion of Judah Conference. She was Chair of the Board of UJA Federation of New York and is the  Founding chair of Time for Good the reimagining service for the New York Jewish community. She was named as a 2012 Women to Watch honoree by Jewish Women International, chosen for her leadership in enhancing the well-being of Jews worldwide and her work to form effective partnerships with faith-based and community groups. Susan is married to Jeffrey Stern. They have two sons, Michael (Janna) and Peter (Amanda), and four grandchildren.


Michael Adler

As the chairman and chief executive officer of Adler Group, Inc., one of Southern Florida’s largest and most successful real estate companies, Michael M. Adler has played a significant role in the growth and development of Southern Florida as a major center for international trade. Adler Group, Inc., formed in 1978, is an aggressive, multi-profile real estate firm with individual entities and affiliates offering services in such areas as development, general contracting, real estate brokerage, leasing and property management.

Michael has been heavily involved in a multitude of charities and nonprofits. He is a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations representing the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, and sits on the board of directors at both the American Friends of Tel Aviv University and Mount Sinai.

He has held positions including as vice chairman of Florida International University’s board of trustees, board of directors member at the University of Florida Foundation, president of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, vice chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, president of Temple Emanu-El Miami Beach, chairman of Mount Sinai Medical Center, and chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council.

In addition to being a loving husband, father and grandfather, he is also a proud Miami Hurricane, and has been since graduating from the University of Miami in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Carol Becker

Carol Becker is the owner of William Greenberg Desserts, a famous kosher bakery in New York’s Upper East Side. Carol previously served as Vice President of Marketing at Shaw Ross International Importers in the importing division of Southern Wines & Spirits from 1996 until 2008 when she became owner of William Greenberg Desserts.

Carol is active in multiple Jewish organizations. She currently serves as Perspectives Chair for the UJA-Federation of New York. She is also a member of the New Leadership Network of AIPAC and on the Boards of New Jewish Home and JCC Krakow. Carol is also involved in multiple other organizations such as the Washington Institute, the Harmonie Club, and the Quogue Club.

Carol received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science from Syracuse University, where her one of her two daughters goes to school. Carol lives in New York City.

Daniel Berger

Daniel Berger graduated with honors from Princeton University and Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone academic scholar. A senior member and shareholder of the Berger & Montague Law firm, he serves as a managing shareholder. Over the past two decades, he has been involved in complicated commercial litigation including class action securities, antitrust, consumer protection and bankruptcy cases.

In addition, he has prosecuted several important environmental, mass tort and civil rights cases during this period. He has led the firm’s practice involving improprieties in the marketing of prescription drugs and the abuse of marketing exclusivities in the pharmaceutical industry including handling several landmark cases involving the suppression of generic competition in the pharmaceutical industry. For this work, the Law 360 publication recognized him as a “titan” of the plaintiffs’ bar.

Daniel has been active in city government in Philadelphia and was a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, advising the mayor of Philadelphia on arts policy, and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, which was responsible for all city grants to arts organizations. Daniel was also a member of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, one of the State organizations through which the NEA makes grants. Daniel also serves on the board of the Wilma Theater, Philadelphia’s pre-eminent theater for new plays and playwrights.

Michael Gelman

Michael C. Gelman is a managing director of The Morningstar Foundation, a family foundation that makes grants in the United States and Israel. He most recently was chair of the executive committee of The Jewish Federations of North America. He was previously national treasurer of JFNA and has chaired its consulting committee and domestic affairs pillar. Michael and his wife, Susie, co-chaired JFNA’s 2003 and 2013 General Assemblies in Jerusalem.

A life member of the board of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Michael served three terms as its president, two terms as co-campaign chair, and one term as president of its endowment fund. Michael was a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council from 1995 to 2004, having been appointed to that position by President Bill Clinton.

He was appointed by Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening to the University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents, serving from 1996 to 2000. He has also served on the board of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Michael sits on the boards of several organizations, including the International Board of Governors of Hillel; the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and Moment magazine. He is co-owner of Mid- Atlantic Media, which publishes the Washington Jewish Week and the Baltimore Jewish Times, and serves on the board of the holding company for Congressional Bank. Michael was the founding partner of Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman, an accounting firm in Bethesda, Maryland.

Michael and his wife reside in Chevy Chase, Maryland. They have three children and a grandson.

Peter Gillon

Peter Gillon is a senior partner at the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he manages a national practice representing corporate insurance policyholders in their dealings with insurance companies, both in claims disputes and in transactions. He regularly counsels public companies and their boards in connection with insurance coverage disputes arising in securities litigation, derivative lawsuits, M&A-related litigation and enforcement matters. His group was named Insurance Practice Group of the Year in 2015 and 2016 and Peter has been recognized by his peers as one of the “10 Most Admired Attorneys” in the area of insurance coverage.

Peter has been actively involved as a Jewish Democrat, and served as an early director of the National Jewish Democratic Council.

He currently is vice chairman of the D.C. Jazz Festival. He was one of two founders of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the national association of climate professionals, and is a fellow of The American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.

Peter and his partner, Lisa Hook, reside in Washington, D.C., Miami and San Francisco.

Benjamin Gordon

Benjamin Gordon is founder and managing partner of BG Strategic Advisors. He draws on a career spent building supply chain companies and has led the firm’s efforts, advising on over $1 billion worth of supply chain transactions. Benjamin has worked with firms such as UPS, DHL, Kuehne & Nagel, Agility Logistics, NFI Logistics, GENCO, Nations Express, Raytrans, Echo Global, Dixie, Wilpak and others.

Prior to BGSA, Benjamin founded 3PLex, the Internet solution enabling third-party logistics companies to automate their business. Prior to 3PLex, Benjamin advised transportation and logistics clients at Mercer Management Consulting.

Before that, Benjamin worked in his family’s transportation business, AMI, where he helped the company expand its logistics operations.

Benjamin is an active civic leader who is committed to giving back to the community. As founder and chairman of GesherCity, he boosted young adult volunteerism, expanding the organization to over 100,000 members in twenty locations. Benjamin has also served on the boards of several nonprofit groups, including the Palm Beach United Way, the Palm Beach Federation, the Palm Beach Young Presidents’ Organization, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Jewish Community Center Association and the Middle East Forum.

Steve Grossman

Steven Grossman is a former treasurer and receiver-general of Massachusetts and candidate for governor of Massachusetts. Steve previously served as chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party from 1991 to 1992, president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) from 1992 to 1996 and chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1997 to 1999. In the spring of 2015, Steve became the CEO of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a Boston-based nonprofit focused on strengthening inner city economies that was founded by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter.

Prior to his involvement in politics, Steve worked at Goldman Sachs. In 1975 he left Goldman Sachs to work in his family paper supplier business, the Massachusetts Envelope Company, now known as the Grossman Marketing Group.

In 2012, Asset International magazine name Steve one of the 100 most influential institutional investors worldwide.

Elaine Hamilton

Elaine Hamilton is executive vice president and officer of numerous high-tech and biotech companies in Silicon Valley including Geron, NetApp and Marvell Semiconductor, and currently sits on the advisory boards of two startup companies. She is vice president and chief operating officer of Hamilton Financial, which she owns along with her husband, Michael. Her community service includes sitting on the board of the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, NOVA Workforce Investment and The Silicon Valley Starting Arts group. She also is on the board of directors for the Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley.

She has been recognized as a Federation Lion of Judah and a Friend of the Rabin Center in Israel. Elaine has a bachelor’s degree in education and psychology from the University of Iowa and master’s degree in organization development from University of San Francisco.

Michael Horowitz

Michael Horowitz has a 35-year track record in the residential and commercial real estate industry. As a founding partner in The Selective Group, Michael has vast management experience in growing a home building and development company, turning The Selective Group into the second largest homebuilder and developer in the Detroit metropolitan market.

Michael excels at assessing vacant property potentials and handling asset acquisition and the disposition of developed and undeveloped real estate. Michael scrutinizes the risk and use of capital involved in the evaluation of investment opportunities. He has built over 10,000 residential homes, developed over 11,500 residential lots, and has been involved in the construction and/or ownership of over 1,200,000 square feet of commercial property.

As an active philanthropist, Michael has been involved in numerous charitable organizations, especially in the Jewish community. Because of his involvement, The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta recruited him to serve as chief executive officer from 2011 to 2016 to help address the significant financial, fundraising and organizational issues that the nonprofit was experiencing. Michael successfully met the goals that were established when assuming that position and has returned to his real estate and investment activities, in addition to his extensive charitable work.

Karen Spar Kasner

After a career as a corporate and real estate litigator, Karen has spent more than 28 years as an active volunteer to many organizations. This includes UJA-Federation of New York, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, the JCC of Mid-Westchester, the Washington Institute, JCPA, JFNA,  Human Service Council and the Riverdale Y. Starting in 2000 until June, 2017, Karen developed and chaired UJA-Federation of New York’s Government Relations Committee & its Public Policy Committee, Westchester’s Government Relations Committee, and UJA’s Annual Advocacy Mission to Washington.

She serves on several Network Commission committees & Task Forces, and co-drafted the first Agency Accountability Guidelines in 2013. Karen also serves on JFNA’s Task Force on Health and Long-Term Care since its inception in 2008.

Karen and her husband served as chair of the Parents’ Fund at the University of Pennsylvania from 2004-2010. She was also former President of the JCC of Mid-Westchester. Karen has been honored and received several awards including from UJA-Federation of New York, Jewish Board for the Centennial of Hawthorne Cedar Knolls, WJC and the JCC of Mid-Westchester. She is married to Jay, has two sons, a grandson & a granddog.

Marcie Hermelin Orley

Marcie Hermelin Orley graduated magna cum laude from Cardozo School of Law and subsequently served as law clerk to Judge Avern Cohn of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. Following the birth of her four children, her career has been as an active volunteer and fundraiser in the Detroit Jewish community. She is a Past President of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Women’s Philanthropy, and also served as Women’s Philanthropy Campaign Chair. In addition, Marcie was the Campaign Co-Chair of Detroit Federation’s 2017 and 2018 Annual Campaigns. She sits on Federation’s Board of Governors and is also a trustee of the Jewish Women’s Foundation.

Nationally, she serves as a trustee of the Jewish Federations of North America, sits on the National Women’s Philanthropy Board and is Co-Chairing the 2019 International Lion of Judah Conference. She chaired JFNA’s National Federation/Agency Alliance from 2014-2017. She currently sits on the board of 70 Faces Media and on the Dean’s Council of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.

Marcie is an alumna of UJA Young Leadership Cabinet and was recognized in 1997 with the Sylvia Simon Young Leadership Award by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Marcie and her husband Rob were also honored with the Dreammaker Award from Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit.

She and her husband Rob are the parents of four children, Matthew (Samantha), Alex (Melisa), Jason (Ramona), and Olivia, and one grandchild.

Marcia Riklis

Marcia Riklis started her career as an account executive, managing the Revlon account for Grey Advertising. She later received her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and joined Rapid American Corporation, her family’s business — a large conglomerate of industrial companies, national retail chains, and major liquor and cosmetic companies.

In her tenure as vice president of strategic planning, she helped to further diversify the company by successfully procuring cellular telecommunication contracts and handling a portfolio of stock investments. In 1990, Marcia founded Jose Eber Inc., a small national hair care company, and while serving as CEO, she created a cross-disciplinary program, “the Campaign for Love Without Violence,” to educate and encourage self-esteem among victims of domestic violence.

Marcia sold the company to her partner in 1994, and now devotes her time to family, philanthropy and the Jewish community. She became a founding member of The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York to help address a broad range of issues relating to women and girls. Marcia’s involvement with UJA-Federation began with the Women’s Campaign, where she chaired the Lion of Judah Winter Conference.

She later became involved in then planned giving and endowments committee, the caring commission and caring cabinet, the board of directors and the executive committee. Marcia is currently a member of the finance committee, the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal’s Israel Task Force, the campaign steering committee, and the priorities cabinet. She co-chaired the general campaign from 2011 to 2013.

Michael Rosenzweig

Michael Rosenzweig is a graduate of The University of Michigan (A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and Columbia Law School (J.D., Highest Distinction in Scholarship), where he was a James Kent Scholar and editor of the Law Review. After a judicial clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the 2d Circuit, Michael practiced law briefly and then joined the faculty of The University of Michigan Law School. He was later a partner in two Atlanta law firms and then Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel at Johns Manviille, a major manufacturer of insulation, roofing materials and engineered products, Since 2008, Michael has worked in the nonprofit sector, serving successively as president and CEO of Hands On Atlanta, the National Museum of American Jewish History and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. He was also co-founder and founding chair and president of the Weber School in Atlanta, one of the nation’s first trans denominational Jewish day high schools. He is currently a consultant to nonprofits in all areas of management, planning and financial resource development, board development and project management.  He is widely published in scholarly journals, including articles in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review and the Michigan Law Review.

Joel Rubin

Joel Rubin is a former deputy assistant secretary of state and currently a visiting fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management in Washington, D.C. He’s also an elected local government official for the Town Council of Chevy Chase, MD, and leads the consultancy practice Washington Strategy Group.

A seasoned practitioner of American foreign policy and politics, Joel has nearly 20 years of federal experience in government, advocacy and both chambers of Congress.

Prior to running for Congress in the 2016 cycle, Joel was the deputy assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, where he directed the State Department’s work with the House of Representatives. He also testified to Congress’ House Select Committee on Benghazi as a government witness in January 2015.

From 2008 to 2014, Joel was a leading advocate on national security and foreign policy issues at Ploughshares Fund and J Street, where he promoted American diplomacy to resolve the Iran nuclear crisis, to restrain nuclear proliferation, and to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Joel served as a senior aide in the U.S. Senate from 2006 to 2008, joining Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) as a Brookings Institution legislative fellow and later joining Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) as national security adviser. In 2008, Joel won the “Congressional Staffer of the Year” award from the Military Officers Association of America.

Earlier, from 1999 to 2005, Joel was a career official at the State Department, Energy Department, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He won numerous awards, including the State Department’s Superior Honor award. During this time, he ran programs to promote solar energy deployment, economic reform in the Middle East, and support for the war on terrorism. He began his federal career as a Presidential Management Fellow. He also served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica as an environmental education volunteer.

A fixture in the national media on foreign policy, including frequent television appearances on MSNBC, CBS, Fox, BBC and CNN, Joel also writes for HuffPost, has published opinion pieces in Politico, Foreign Policy and The Hill, and has been quoted by the Associated Press, Daily Beast and Washington Post.

Joel holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brandeis University and a master’s degree in public policy and management with a minor in business administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He lives with his wife, Nilmini, three daughters and his mother-in-law in Chevy Chase.

Jim Segel

James Segel began his professional career in the Massachusetts state legislature as a state representative from Brookline; served as chairman of Barney Frank’s first campaign for Congress in 1980; and then served as the first executive director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association dealing with the response of cities and towns to municipal finance, environmental, and labor issues. Following MMA, he served as counsel at Hale and Dorr in Boston (now Wilmer Hale) for 10 years and then as a partner at his own small firm. From 2007 to 2011, Jim served as special counsel to chairman Barney Frank of the House Financial Services Committee. He worked extensively on bills dealing with the financial crisis including TARP (the bank bailout bill) and the Dodd Frank Financial Reform Bill. He is now president of the Boston Asset Management Association and represents other clients in both Washington and Boston.

Jim has served on a number of nonprofit boards including as president of Temple Israel in Boston; president of the Jewish Community Relations Council-Boston; board member of the American Jewish Committee (Boston) since 1990; chairman of the advisory committee to WBUR; board member of Cambridge College; and a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Married to Mimi Wishner Segel, he has four children. Jim graduated cum laude in government in 1967 from Harvard College; received his MPA from the Kennedy School at Harvard in 1976; and his JD from Boston College Law School in 1972.

Jeffrey Solomon

Jeffrey R. Solomon currently serves as senior adviser to Chasbro Investments, the family office of Charles Bronfman. For almost 20 years, he was the president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, a group of foundations operating in Canada, Israel and the United States. Among the foundations’ innovative launches were Birthright Israel and Reboot, two initiatives aimed at connecting young, assimilated Jews to their tradition; The Gift of New York, a response to September 11, helping to heal families of victims through the power of culture; and Project Involvement, an educational reform program serving some 265,000 Israeli elementary school students.

Jeffrey serves on the boards of the Leichtag Foundation in San Diego, the Jim Joseph Foundation in San Francisco, The Kind Foundation and FJC: a Foundation of Philanthropic Funds in New York. He is the chair of Leading Edge, an organization aimed at talent acquisition and retention in the Jewish community, and serves as co-chair of the Peaceworks Foundation.

He serves on the board of the Israel Policy Forum. He also served on the board of the Council on Foundations, where he chaired the Committee on Ethics and Practice and sat on its executive committee. He is a founding trustee of the World Faiths Development Dialogue and has received a number of honors from professional associations and universities.

Jeffrey, who holds a Ph.D., previously served as the senior vice president and chief operating officer of UJA-Federation of New York. Other past positions include executive roles at Altro Health & Rehabilitation Services in New York, Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged and Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Miami. Jeffrey also served with the city, state and federal governments. The author of over 120 publications in both professional journals and outlets such as The Financial Times and Wall Street Journal, he served as an adjunct associate professor in the masters and doctorate programs of New York University School of Social Work.

His book, The Art of Giving: Where the Soul Meets a Business Plan, co-authored with Charles Bronfman, was published by Wiley/Jossey-Bass in October 2009.

Diane Werner

Diane Werner began her career in account management at Ogilvy & Mather and then went on to found WB&E Realty, a real estate management firm. She is the founding Chair of Mosaic of Westchester, an organization dedicated to making the Westchester Jewish community more LGBTQ inclusive.

Diane serves on the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. She is a past President of Westchester Hebrew High School and serves on the Board of the Westchester Jewish Council. She is currently Chair of the Committee for Diane serves on the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Shared Society in Israel for UJA-Federation of New York.

Diane received an MBA and MA in Journalism from Columbia University. She and her husband, Michael, have four sons and live in White Plains, New York.


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