D.C. Board members:
Sasha Altschuler is the national manager of JWI’s Young Women's Leadership Network and coordinator of the National Library Initiative. Under her leadership, the Network expanded beyond its flagship chapter in Washington to New York and Denver. Active in the Jewish community in D.C., Sasha was chosen as a Gather the Jews’ Jewish Girl of the Year (2015), profiled in Washington Jewish Week’s “You Should Know” column, and served as an Open Doors Fellow. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where she focused her studies on non-profit management and political advocacy.
Vered Asta is the events and engagement manager at the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital, where she manages special events, volunteer engagement, and alumni relations for the broader JPDS-NC community. She is also the co-founder of Vela Events, a boutique event planning company. Previously, Vered worked as an account manager at a New Jersey-based events and marketing company, working with clients from initial idea creation through event production and execution. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from American University and grew up New Jersey.
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.
Ariel Bigio is a research analyst at Omnis, Inc. Prior to joining Omnis, Ariel worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in the International Prisoner Transfer Unit and at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. From 2009-2011, Ariel lived in Israel, where she was an Otzma Fellow. Ariel also spent a semester in Ghana with the School for International Training. Ariel received her graduate degree in Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University and her bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in 2009.
Sunitha Cohen is a proud military veteran after serving in the United States Air Force for six years as an Aerospace Medic in the 175th medical squadron. While serving, she completed her undergraduate degree in biology from The George Washington University, then worked at the Children’s National Medical Center doing research in endocrinology and as a program manager at the George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine. Outside of her passion for medicine, Sunitha is active with Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, Jewish Council for the Aging, Jewish Community Relations Council, The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
Sophie Felder is currently the director of regional affairs, Office of Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of Israel. Previously, she was a Legislative Fellow at the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center. She graduated from Yeshiva University and earned a bachelor's degree in political science and government, economics and Judaic studies.
Michele Freed is the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation fellow of the Washington, D.C. office, where she works to support the Foundation's national Jewish agenda of supporting organizations and initiatives that empower young Jews to embrace the joy of Judaism, build inclusive communities, support the State of Israel and repair the world. A recent graduate of the University of Michigan, Michele now holds a B.A. in Judaic studies and psychology with a minor in community action/social change.
Lila Greenberg is a senior national field organizer for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). She works with college campuses in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions to engage campus activists and student leaders on the importance of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Lila recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a B.A. in political science. On campus, she was active with UW Hillel and her sorority, Chi Omega.
Sydney Levin-Epstein is a soon-to-be graduate of George Washington University, where she studied political science. Sydney interned for Shimon Peres in the summer of 2016. Her work in politics began in Senator Edward Markey's (D-MA) office and she later worked for Representative Richard Neal (D-MA), the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Rational360, and the National Conference for Community and Justice.
Katharine Nasielski is a graduate student in Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, pursuing her MSFS degree with a focus at the intersection of gender and global security. Previously, she served as the director of national initiatives at the Embassy of Israel to the US. Katharine graduated from Northwestern University in 2011 and is originally from Philadelphia.
Carly Schildhaus is the associate director of development for Hillel at The George Washington University, managing fundraising efforts and serving as a university resource for students, alumni, parents and community members. Outside of work, Carly is a volunteer docent at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and an events volunteer at the Newseum, in addition to her involvement with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Originally from Long Island, Carly is a double alumna of The George Washington University, with an undergraduate degree in political communication and journalism and a graduate degree in higher education administration. Ask her anything about New York pizza, celebrity news and the First Ladies!
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.
Maya Weinstein is an activist and writer in the field of gender-based violence. She is currently an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, where she advocates for gun violence prevention, women’s health, and gender-based violence prevention. In her role, she also serves as the legislative assistant for the Women of Reform Judaism. Originally from Ft. Myers, Fla., Maya graduated in 2015 from the George Washington University with a B.A. in human services and criminal justice.