Category Archives: Speaker 2017

Avideh Moussavian, National Immigration Law Center

Avideh Moussavian’s advocacy at NILC focuses on reducing the vulnerability of low-income immigrants to deportation on account of their race, class, or gender. She has previously worked on immigration reform advocacy and state and local enforcement issues at the New York Immigration Coalition and directly represented immigrant victims of gender-based violence at Sanctuary for Families
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Mark Hetfield, HIAS

Mark Hetfield was appointed President and CEO of HIAS after a 25-year career, much of it served at HIAS, most recently as the agency’s senior vice president of policy and programs. An expert in refugee and immigration law, policy, and programs, Mark has led HIAS’ transformation from an organization focused on Jewish immigrants to a
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Melanie Nelkin, Georgia Coalition to Prevent Genocide

Melanie Nelkin is a co-founder and current chair of The Georgia Coalition to Prevent Genocide (GC2PG). The GC2PG’s mission is to build a permanent anti-genocide constituency in Georgia. She was in the inaugural Carl Wilkens Fellowship Class in 2009, which connected her with a cohort of activists across the US with a focus on building
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Ilan Goldenberg, Center for a New American Security

Ilan Goldenberg is Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expert with extensive government experience covering Iran’s nuclear program, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the broader challenges facing the Middle East. Prior to CNAS, Mr. Goldenberg served as
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Dr. Michael Koplow, Israel Policy Forum

Dr. Michael Koplow is the Policy Director of the Israel Policy Forum. Before coming to IPF, he was the founding Program Director of the Israel Institute from 2012 to 2015. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, where he specialized in political development and ideology, and the politics of Middle Eastern states. In
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David Halperin, Israel Policy Forum

David Halperin is executive director of the Israel Policy Forum, a non-partisan American organization founded in 1993 that advocates for a viable two-state solution that ensures Israel’s security, maintains it as a Jewish, democratic state and strengthens US-Israel relations.
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Kanya Bennett, American Civil Liberties Union

Kanya Bennett serves as a Legislative Counsel in the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office. In this capacity, Kanya advances criminal justice reform at the federal level. Prior to joining the ACLU, Kanya spent over three years at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy as the Director of Policy Development and Programming where she focused
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Elana Kahn, JCRC of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation

Elana Kahn is director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, which works to create a just community that reflects the best of American and Jewish values by convening and mobilizing the Jewish community through education, advocacy, social justice and support for Israel. She serves on the organizing committee of the
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Michael Umpierre, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform

Michael Umpierre is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. At CJJR, Michael provides training and technical assistance to youth-serving agencies and partners on various initiatives, including the Crossover Youth Practice Model and the Youth in Custody Practice Model. His previous experience
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Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner serves as the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. He has led the Religious Action Center since 2015. Rabbi Pesner also serves as Senior Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism. Named one of the most influential rabbis in America by Newsweek magazine, he is an inspirational
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