Resume

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Recent Major Appointments

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs – Senior Fellow

2015-present

  • Civil Society Fellow (2015-16)

Future of Cities: Leading in LA – Senior Advisor

2015-present

  • Facilitator, Leading in LA Summit (2015)

Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission – Commissioner & Chair

2013-present

  • Chair, Productivity Investment Board (2016; Vice Chair, 2017-); Chair, Strategic Foresight Working Group (2015); Co-Liaison, Quality & Productivity Managers Network (2014-15)
  • Member, ad hoc Board Report Working Group: “Digital by Default”: Leveraging Software as a Service for Accessibility and Impact (2015)

Jumpstart (Jewish Jumpstart / Jumpstart Labs) – Co-founder & Co-Chair, Board of Directors

2008-present

  • CEO & Director of Research (2008-2015); Senior Fellow & Co-Chair, Board of Directors (2015-)

University of California, Santa Barbara

2002-2010

  • Program Director, Project Co-Director, Academic Relations Coordinator, U.S. State Department-UCSB Study of the United States Institute on “Religion in the United States: Pluralism & Public Presence”

Synagogue 3000

2005-2008

  • Director of Research

American Jewish University (formerly known as University of Judaism)

2002-2005

  • Research Fellow, Sigi Ziering Institute
  • Lecturer, Department of Jewish and Western Civilization

Matej Bel University Banská Bystrica, Slovak Republic

1998-1999

  • Research fellow and faculty member, Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities

Recent Advisory & Community Leader Positions

City of Santa Monica

2015-present

  • Commissioner & Chair (2015-), Social Services Commission
  • Chair, Innovation Technology Task Force, Santa Monica Public Library; co-author, ITTF Strategic Planning Recommendations (2015)

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

2013-present

  • Member, Financial Oversight Committee (2017-)
  • Member, Grant School Site Council (2013-17)

Human Relations Council (HRC) Santa Monica Bay Area

2016-present

  • Member, Board of Directors

Southern California Grantmakers

2015-present

  • Member, Public Policy Committee (2015-)
  • Member, Public Policy Conference Advisory Committee (2016-)

Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

2013-present

  • Designer & Facilitator, Civic Engagement Seminar (2015)
  • Member, New Leaders Project Steering Committee, ChangeMaker Challenge Advisory Board

SPARK Neuro (Spark Experience Design LLC)

2014-present

  • Member, Board of Managers

Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry

2013-15

  • Member, Board of Directors (2013-15)
  • Chair, Management & Audit Committee (2015)

Liberty Hill Foundation

2013-present

  • Member, Advisory Council

Impact Hub Los Angeles (Hub Connective LLC)

2011-present

  • Chair, Board of Managers (2014-16)
  • Member, Board of Managers (2013-)
  • Founding Member and Advisor (2011-)

TherOzone, Tala, The Mother Company

2011-present

  • Advisor

Nexus (Global Youth Summit on Philanthropy & Social Entrepreneurship)

2012-present

  • Advisor; Co-Convenor, Nexus C2 (Cities+Civic) Lab

Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation

2013-14

  • Charter Co-Chair at-large, Millennium Network Leadership Council

Keshet/Jewish Mosaic (research, training, community building, and advocacy for LGBT dignity & inclusion)

2006-12

  • Member, Keshet Board of Directors (post-merger
  • Chair, Jewish Mosaic Advisory Board (pre-merger)

Education

University of California, Santa Barbara

2013

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Religious Studies

University of Oxford

1997

  • Master of Studies (MSt, with Distinction), Social Anthropology

University of California, Santa Barbara

1995

  • Master of Arts (MA), Religious Studies

Columbia University

1994

  • Bachelor of Arts (AB, cum laude with Departmental Honors), Religion

Certifications & Trainings

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation

2016

  • Harwood Public Innovators Lab

Southern California Leadership Network

2015-

  • California Connections Fellowship

Annenberg Alchemy

2013-2015

  • Alchemy Leadership Seminar 2013 Class 4; Alchemy+ 2014-15

Center for Leadership Initiatives / ROI Community

2012

  • Certified Facilitator

Executive Service Corps of Southern California

2011-2012

  • Wells Fargo New Executive Directors Institute

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2008, 2011

  • Consultant & Trainer (2008)
  • Advanced Trainer (2011) in Multigenerational Family Philanthropy

Select Recent Honors & Fellowships

Southern California Leadership Network

2017

  • 30-in-30 Outstanding Alumni Honoree

Liberty Hill Foundation

2013

  • NextGen Leadership Award

World Council of Jewish Communal Service / Jewish Communal Service Association

2012

  • Ted Comet Exemplar Award

ROI Community (Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation)

2011

  • ROI Community VI

Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, Columbia Business School, and Cambridge University

2009

  • Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship: Dialogue & Social Entrepreneurship