L.A. Board Members:
Alexandra Altschuler is veteran television producer who recently transitioned into the exciting world of tech startups. After producing shows for entertainment giants like NBC, ABC and E! in New York and Los Angeles, Alexandra is excited to be facing a new challenge at the L.A.-based digital agency Operam. Leaning on her unique blend of project management and people skills learned in the producing field, Alexandra spends her days ensuring Operam's corporate culture thrives as the successful startup rapidly expands. Alex is a San Diego, Calif. native, and holds a communications degree from the University of Southern California (Fight On!).
Talia is the development associate for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Los Angeles. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, but went up north for a few years to attend the University of Washington in Seattle, where she graduated with a degree in political science and a minor in Jewish studies. Talia currently serves on the Donor Strategies Committee at the Jewish Federation and is excited to grow the JWI Young Leadership Network in Los Angeles!
Ariela (Ari) Cohen is a finance professional with a focus in impact investing. She currently works with TriLinc Global, a private investment company that invests capital in small and mid-sized businesses in developing economies globally through a series of impact-focused investment funds. Prior to this role, she was based in New York with experiences at The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and J.P. Morgan. Ari graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) from the University of Pennsylvania. Ari grew up in Los Angeles as the daughter of Argentinean-Israelis and the youngest of four. Her favorite activities outside of work include exploring the outdoors, singing, biking at the beach, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Dylan Dorenfeld just began her role as campaign associate for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Prior to her work with The Federation, she spent two years with AIPAC in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is passionate about Jewish life, philanthropy and building a sense of community. Dylan is a Southern California native and a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (Class of 2015). She enjoys a healthy and active lifestyle and spends her free time hiking, running, practicing yoga and exploring new places.
Monica earned her B.A. in international business from San Diego State University in 2012. Since graduating, she has lived and worked in Argentina, Israel, and France. Monica moved to L.A. in 2016 and has become involved in L.A.'s Jewish and Israeli communities, including membership or board presence in IAC Lead, IAC Action Ambassadors and JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa). She is a catalyst for bringing people together and enjoys learning about others' stories and dreams. Monica currently works as a project manager in a Woodland Hills-based marketing company.
Adi Hepner is a passionate nonprofit professional committed to growing nonprofit organizations. Currently she is the director of development for Friends of Sheba Medical Center, using strategic fundraising strategy to aid the organization in saving countless lives in Israel and abroad. Adi also runs a full-service fundraising and nonprofit management consulting initiative, offering counsel on a wide range of fundraising services including capital campaigns, direct mail, major gifts, fundraising events, strategic planning, board development and more. Previously, Adi was the development executive at American Friends of Magen David Adom. She received her MSW with a focus in non-profit management from the University of Michigan, School of Social and her bachelor's degree from UC San Diego. She sits on the board of the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund and was the 2015 Honored Hero for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.
Jaclyn Margolis is an assistant professor of applied behavioral science at Pepperdine University. She teaches classes on personal development, leadership, teamwork, and organizational behavior. Her research focuses on understanding team and group dynamics & has been featured in a number of management journals. A recent transplant to Los Angeles from Philadelphia, Jaclyn loves the weather and beaches of Southern California and is excited to meet new people through JWI's Young Women's Leadership Network of L.A.!
Rebeccah Minazadeh has been blessed to know some wonderful women in her time living in Los Angeles and is looking forward to both connecting them and creating opportunities for their voices to be heard and their missions fulfilled. She resides in Encino, where she was born and raised. She is an admissions counselor at The American Jewish University and when she is not mentoring young women throughout their academic endeavors, you can find her at the beach, in a library, enjoying a Shabbat dinner or Torah study class, and playing with her golden retriever pup, Shiloh.
Diane Motamed is an L.A. native who is passionate about healthcare, education, and community engagement. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a major in psychology and a minor in applied developmental psychology, and earned her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Boston University. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked as a project coordinator for the Center for Policing Equity, where she worked on multi-site research projects that examined the perceptions and behaviors of minority populations in schools, community-based organizations, and other public settings. She currently works with children with various communication disorders in the public schools. In her free time, Diane enjoys hiking, exploring art museums, and practicing yoga.
Hali Simons, born and raised in Oak Park, Calif., made the move to Washington, D.C. to attend The George Washington University. She received her B.A in communications and journalism and has since migrated back to the West (BEST) Coast! She currently works at Pandora Music in ad operations. In her free time she can be found exploring Los Angeles or perusing the aisles of Trader Joe's, and is always looking for a new restaurant, fitness class, or snazzy rooftop!
Debra Singer is thrilled to be part of the team building the Jewish Women's Leadership Network in Los Angeles. A native of Philadelphia, she currently serves as the associate area director for AIPAC in L.A. Debra is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied political science and communications.