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- Discounted rates for all events
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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.
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. Over the course of her time with Moishe House 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 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.
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!
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.
APPLY HERE TO JOIN THE D.C. NETWORK BOARD!
- 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.