Category Archives: Speakers 2016

Samar Kaukab, Arete

Samar Kaukab is Executive Director for Arete, a research accelerator that launches and systematically supports complex research initiatives at UChicago. In her role, Samar manages a multi-unit team that works in partnership with faculty and University leadership to develop strategies for complex research, funding, and collaboration. Samar also manages Arete’s Big Ideas Generator (BIG)—a platform

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Jacob Millner, The Israel Project

Jacob Millner serves as Midwest Regional Director and Senior Policy Analyst with The Israel Project where he works on issues pertaining to legislative action to fight BDS at a state level. Jacob graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in History and Political Science. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from

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Emily Sweet, Chicago

Emily Muskovitz Sweet is a social justice advocate, policy expert and women’s philanthropic leader whose work has focused on issues related to community engagement and women’s safety and security. Emily is the current Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council and Government Affairs Department at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. In this role,

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Alan Melamed, Melamed Commmunications

Alan’s passion for politics started early on, spurring his involvement in causes he cared about as an undergraduate student at The Ohio State University and later while attending Case Western Reserve School of Law. Throughout his 20-year legal career, Alan stayed active in the political arena, volunteering his time and expertise to numerous local and

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Howie Beigelman, Ohio Jewish Communities

Howie Beigelman has over fifteen years of experience at the intersection of nonprofit advocacy and Jewish communal affairs.  As Executive Director of Ohio Jewish Communities, he works to advocate for vital human services needs in both Columbus and Washington, DC, with a focus on health and long term care, community services to the aging and

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Phillip Brodsky, The David Project

Phillip Brodsky became Executive Director of The David Project in July of 2014 after serving four years as  Campus Director. Phil joined The David Project in June 2010 after graduating from the Hornstein Heller Graduate Program at Brandeis University. As Campus Director, Phillip worked with the campus coordinators to reach out to student leaders to

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Carlton T. Mayers, II, NAACP LDF

Carlton T. Mayers, II, Esq., a native of New York City, serves as NAACP’s Criminal Justice Manager. He is also the Lead Researcher of the NAACP Born Suspect: Racial Profiling Report.  He received his B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and his J.D. and Master’s in Environmental Law and

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Imam Abdullah Antepli, Duke University

Imam Antepli completed his basic training and education in his native Turkey. From 1996-2003 he worked on a variety of faith-based humanitarian and relief projects in Myanmar (Burma) and Malaysia with the Association of Social and Economic Solidarity with Pacific Countries. He is the founder and executive board member of the Association of College Muslim

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Sean Martin, Western Reserve Historical Society

As Associate Curator for Jewish History at the Western Reserve Historical Society, Sean Martin oversees the Cleveland Jewish Archives, collecting and preserving material related to the Jewish history of northeastern Ohio. He also serves as part of the curatorial staff for the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, Ohio. Martin is the author of

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Bruce M. Hennes, Hennes Communications

Bruce M. Hennes is the Managing Partner of Hennes Communications, a crisis communications, media training and media relations consulting firm based in Cleveland. Hennes has more than 30 years’ experience working in politics, having managed or served as a senior campaign consultant and fundraiser for campaigns at the local, state and federal levels. Hennes also

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