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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!).
Michelle Bielas was born and raised in a Mexican Jewish household in San Diego, Calif as the middle child between two brothers. After spending a year in Israel, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a degree in public relations at the University of Southern California and has since fallen in love with the city. Given her diverse background, Michelle is always seeking creative and exciting ways to bring together the multitude of cultures and eclectic passions she was exposed to at a young age. She has worked in special events at DreamWorks Animation, fundraising and development at USC Hillel and experiential marketing at Team One, an L.A.-based agency that services luxury clients such as Lexus. Michelle is excited to grow her career in marketing and help build a strong community for young Jewish women in L.A.
Paige grew up in Baltimore, Md. and attended Boston University for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She currently works as a pediatric occupational therapist at a private clinic in Santa Monica. Paige’s day-to-day work consistently warms her heart as it affords her the opportunity to watch children progress and be happy! For the past few years, she has been involved in JDC Entwine, which has included traveling to Georgia and Azerbaijan in July 2017, and co-chairing the Inside Israel trip in June 2018. She currently serves as one of the L.A. community representatives. Paige enjoys being active, traveling, spending time with family and friends, cooking/baking, and reading. She authored and published a children’s book to raise awareness about children with disabilities.
Ariela (Ari) Cohen
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.
Wendy is a Dallas native who found her way to L.A. by way of Ohio and Washington, D.C. She is passionate about bringing people together, especially Jewish women! After starting her career with AIPAC and earning an MBA from the University of Maryland, she transitioned into a career in HR, where she gets to think strategically about the human element of business, and serve as a coach and advisor to all levels of employees. On the weekends, you can find Wendy on the beach, on a hike, attempting yoga, or snuggling up with her pug, Shimi.
Dara Biton is a Chicago native who moved to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry. She received a degree from Indiana University where she majored in Fine Arts and minored in Education. Dara has gained experience in all aspects of the entertainment field ranging from acting, writing, producing, and new media. She currently works at a production company, developing various television and film projects. When Dara isn't working, she can be found playing with her husky dog, Aurora, cheering on the Cubs, dreaming of new travel destinations, and spending time with family and friends!
Tamar Gordon was born and raised in Israel and made a couple of pit stops in North Carolina, Indiana and Chicago before moving to Los Angeles two years ago. Tamar has spent the past two years in the LA Tech startup scene, and currently serves as the Head of Analytics at Papaya Payments, where she helps everyone within the company make better and faster decisions using data. Tamar loves any activity that involves being outdoors, especially if she can also bring her dog. Tamar is so excited to join the L.A. board and to meet new people through JWI's Network!
Sarah Green grew up in snowy Syracuse, NY. After graduating from Syracuse University with both undergraduate and graduate degrees, Sarah worked as a CPA in New York City. After the rise and grind for 3 years, she followed her oldest brother out to the west coast for more sunshine. Sarah is currently working for a real estate company in their accounting and finance department. Outside of work, she loves traveling, hiking, working out, and spending time with family and friends. Sarah is super excited to get more involved as a board member for JWI’s L.A. Network.
Erin Horwitz was born in South Africa, but grew up in Agoura Hills, California. After graduating from the University of Oregon in 2016, Erin moved back to Los Angeles where she works for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Erin loves dancing, the Oregon ducks, and searching for the best chocolate chip cookie.
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.!
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.
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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 monthly board meeting in Brentwood on the third Monday of each month. Each board member is expected to attend unless there is an extenuating circumstance. (Day of meeting can be changed if a new board member is not available.)
Each board member will pay a $180 fee in order to be on the YWLN board (Sustainer membership).
Each board member must be a member of JWI's YWLN and in good standing for the entirety of her term.