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Vered Asta is co-founder and event specialist at Vela Events, where she plans and organizes corporate, non-profit, and milestone events. Previously she was the events and engagement manager at the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital, where she managed special events, volunteer engagement, and alumni relations for the broader JPDS-NC community. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from American University, grew up New Jersey, and was born in Israel.
Jena L. Belinkie
Jena L. Belinkie is a vice president with CBRE, specializing as part of the landlord and tenant representation team in the Washington D.C. offices. Ms. Belinkie provides comprehensive strategic planning and implementation of brokerage services to her clients. Prior to joining CBRE, Ms. Belinkie was a manager of four departments at Macy’s department store in Washington, D.C. Ms. Belinkie brings over six years of sales and service experience, having worked for Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Store and Tom James Custom Clothiers.
Sasha Bloch is the regional teen engagement director of Seaboard USY, USCJ's youth movement. In this capacity, she works with the teen youth groups at 30 synagogues in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, as well as facilitating multiple day- and weekend-long events for teens throughout the year. Previously, she taught middle school after receiving both her bachelor's and master's degrees from American University. Outside of her passion for youth work, Sasha is active in the Jewish Young Professionals community in D.C., an avid traveler, and a volunteer with Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority as an operations specialist. Sasha is thrilled to join the D.C. Young Women's Leadership Network after having participated in the 1-on-1 Mentorship Program last year and looks forward to working with other inspiring women to empower others!
Andrea Deck is the D.C. director of community engagement with Honeymoon Israel. Andrea joined the Honeymoon Israel team after kicking off her career in the Jewish community with Federations across the world, most recently as the senior associate in community planning and impact with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. She holds a M.S.W. from Columbia University, a M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College. Andrea loves dancing, knitting, and trying new things!
Ashley Emery is the outreach program manager within the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's Political Department. She brings her experience in advocacy and coalition-building to the Young Women's Leadership Network. Ashley is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where she received a B.A. in both international studies, with a concentration in Middle East affairs, and Spanish, as well as minored in history.
Originally from Seattle, Tiffany Harris has lived and worked in France, Switzerland, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, and now Washington, D.C. After completing 27 months as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, she attended Tel Aviv University, where she earned an M.A. in international security and diplomacy. Currently, Tiffany works as Peace Corps’ country desk officer for Jamaica, Eastern Caribbean, Samoa, The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Palau. She was a resident of Moishe House Columbia Heights for 2.5 years, where she hosted 197 programs with more than 4,831 attendees. She is the founder of You Don’t look Jewish and the first female resident to sit on the International board of directors for Moishe House. Tiffany is co-chair of Shalom Corps (Peace Corps’ Jewish Employee Resource Group) and sits on Peace Corps’ Diversity Board and the Diversity Governance Council. She runs This is What a Jew Looks Like, a group for the multicultural and multiracial Jewish Community at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. Tiffany is currently studying for a professional certificate in project management at Georgetown University and her yoga instructor certification.
Sydney Rachael Levin-Epstein
From Massachusetts, Sydney Rachael Levin-Epstein moved to D.C. to pursue a degree in political science at George Washington University. She now serves Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) where she focuses on Middle East foreign policy. Sydney's work in politics began with Representative Richard Neal (D-MA) and later in the offices of President Shimon Peres, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Rational360, and the National Conference for Community and Justice. Sydney is currently on the hunt for the best grilled cheese in Washington, please slide all recommendations into her DM.
Marina Rostein is the hub manager for OneTable in the DMV. Originally from Chicago and growing up in an Argentine family, she moved to DC to attend The George Washington University and never left. Prior to OneTable, Marina was the HR associate and talent recruiter for BBYO nationally. Her favorite things to do outside of work are visiting new restaurants, playing with her pup, Yofi, yoga, spinning, and slowly trying every kouign amann and pot de creme in the world. Ask her about the local food scene!
Elisabeth is the deputy national field director for the Israel on Campus Coalition, where she supports ICC field staff efforts to unite the many pro-Israel organizations that operate on campuses across the United States. Elisabeth is a double alumna of Ohio University with an undergraduate degree in industrial-organizational psychology and a master’s degree in business administration. An advocate for singing and the performing arts, Elisabeth remains a close advisor to her college a cappella group and volunteers for the Honor Flight, a non-profit providing veterans with honor and closure. A proud native Clevelander, you can often catch Elisabeth cheering on a Cleveland sports team, or taking long walks around the monuments.
Alyssa Weiner is delighted to be joining the D.C. Young Women's Leadership Network Board. She is the senior associate for the Department of International Jewish Affairs at the American Jewish Committee. A native of South Florida, Alyssa graduated Magna Cum Laude from the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs in 2014.
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- Each board member will serve from September to October of the following year (a full year with one month for transitions) and then has the option to reapply. Board members will be selected by JWI staff.
- Each board member will be responsible for chairing at least two events per year.
- Each board member will be responsible for outreach and should bring at least two people to each event.
- We frequently email to brainstorm, discuss events, organize, and discuss outreach, etc. Each board member must be comfortable with maintaining input on these chains as they are the main form of communication.
- Board members are to attend at least 75% of all board events throughout the year.
- We will have a board meeting once every other month - each board member is expected to attend unless there is an extenuating circumstance.
- Each board member will pay a $180 fee in order to be on the YWLN board.
- Each board member must be a member of JWI's YWLN and in good standing for the entirety of her term.