Joel Braunold serves as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace. A contributor for Ha’aretz and the Jerusalem Post, his work has been published in numerous national and international publications including the New York Daily News, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, the Hill and the Daily Beast. He has given lectures at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, National Defense University in Washington DC, Loyola Marymount University, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and at Bar Ilan University. He works regularly with the US State Department, USAID, the National Security Council and Congress on the needs of the peace building community. Outside the US, Joel has worked with national governments across Europe, multilateral institutions and parts of the Arab world. Joel serves on the board of the Alliance for Peacebuilding and is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and holds a BA (Hons) in philosophy from Bristol University. He is the recipient of the Avi Schaefer Peace Innovation Prize, is a senior fellow for the Alliance for Youth Movements and holds Honorary Life Membership to the National Union of Students (UK) and the Union of Jewish Students (UK).
Charles Kremer grew up in the UK, where he became a Chartered Accountant, and moved to the US in 1977 with his Israeli born wife Naomie. He is the President and founder, since 1984, of Access Leasing Corporation, a company that acquires various types of leased transportation, energy and industrial equipment. He has had a variety of other business interests and, in addition to being on the board of J Street since 2012, has served on a number of university and other non-profit boards.
Mark Zivin is a partner in the Chicago CPA and consulting firm of Morrison & Morrison, Ltd. He has been actively involved in the Jewish community for the past 30 years beginning in the 1990s serving on the board of his synagogue, the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, IL. In 2002, Mark joined the board of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation (JRF), the national governing body of the Reconstructionist movement and served as its Treasurer from 2005-9. During that time, he also chaired the Capital Campaign for the first Reconstructionist summer camp, the award-winning Camp Havaya (formerly known as Camp JRF). Mark has been involved with the leadership of J Street since its inception, serving on its Advisory Board and Finance Committee since 2008. He was integral in developing the Chicago chapter of J Street and served as the chair of its Executive Committee from 2008-2016. Mark was Midwest Regional Chair of the Finance Committee from 2014-16. In 2018, he will be the recipient of the Brit Tzedek v’Shalom award from the J Street Chicago chapter. Mark is also active on the political side of J Street, having travelled to Israel with a J Street Congressional delegation in 2013 and on a special mission to Israel during the last Gaza War in 2014. He works diligently at maintaining relationships with Members of Congress and Senators and often leads delegations to the Hill during advocacy days. Mark received an A.B. in Religion from Trinity College, Hartford in 1973 and an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School in 1975, where he was an Institute of Professional Accounting Fellow and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business school honorary society. He earned [...]
Danny Hakim, a two-time world Karate silver medalist and philanthropist, is both the Founder and Chairman of Budo for Peace- an Israeli NGO member of ALLMEP. He founded the organization in 2004 as the translation of his vision to create a society in which socially constructed rivals can conquer their cultural, social and political differences through the universal language of sport. In 2018 Budo for Peace was awarded 2018 Regional NGO of the Year by the Prince of Monaco's organization Peace and Sport. Danny has represented Australia, Israel and Japan in several international Karate competitions and is was inducted in the Maccabi Australia Sports Hall of Fame. Danny’s belief in social change is evident not only in his passion for martial arts but also his interest in and talent for film-making. His international award-winning documentary, Shadya, was endorsed by the PBS network for their educational women’s empowerment series. In addition, several of his works on the subject of martial arts and social reform have been published including “Budo’s Potential for Peace: Breaking down barriers in the Israel-Palestinian Conflict.” Bennett, A. (2005). Budo Perspectives (Vol. 1). Kendo World Publications. Danny holds a B.Sc. in Biotechnology from the University of New South Wales, Sydney and a Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Swinburne University, Melbourne.
Max "Bud" Shulman is a retired litigation partner at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP where he had a broad practice that included representing clients in major securities fraud, antitrust, insurance coverage and M&A litigation. Bud was recognized as a leader in securities litigation by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He was also named in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in commercial litigation. Currently, Mr. Shulman serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the School of American Ballet and on the Board of Trustees of the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation. He received an A.B. cum laude from Harvard University in 1967 and a J.D. cum laude from Culumbia Law School in 1970, where he was both a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a James Kent Scholar. After graduation, Mr. Shulman clerked for two years for Hon. Charles M. Metzner of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Ruth Jarmul serves as special advisor to the New York Stem Cell Foundation. She previously was a principal of Quantum Media, a leading US consulting firm serving the media, entertainment and information industries. Before joining Quantum Media, Ruth was co-head of the media practice of the Mitchell Madison Group. Earlier, Ruth served as Dow Jones director of planning and as media advertising manager for The Wall Street Journal. Ruth currently serves on the board of the Friends of the New York City Nurse-Family Partnership. She also has served as an officer, member of the executive committee and board member of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York City and a board member of Brown University Hillel. Ruth received a BA cum laude from Yale College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband, Irvin Rosenthal. They have three daughters, one son-in-law and three grandchildren.
Father Josh Thomas joins us at the Alliance as an ordained Episcopal priest, dialogue facilitator, and the Executive Director of one of our member organizations, Kids4Peace. As many of our members know, one of the best ways to transform conflict is through youth. Father Thomas recognizes this and has engaged with that understanding for nearly two decades. In 2002, he coordinated and led a US State Department Youth Leadership Program for a multi-ethnic group of high school students from Bosnia-Herzegovina. His work in both the public and private sectors, and experience with multi-ethnic youth groups allows him to see the importance of working cross-border, as many of ALLMEP’s member organizations do.
Rafiq Masri joins us as an accomplished entrepreneur and technologist. He is the founder and CEO of Network Management, Inc., Chairman of PALECO, and is on the board of numerous organizations. His interest in our work, alignment with our mission, and unique problem-solving abilities make him a wonderful addition to our Board. He believes in the power of young people and places heavy importance on empowering local Palestinian free enterprise. Furthermore, he recognizes and appreciates the need to engage with Palestinians living outside the region, encourages them to be involved with the promotion of innovation, entrepreneurship, and peacebuilding in the sustainable business sector. Additionally, Mr. Masri is working on advancing the growth of Palestinian film ecosystem and the preservation of historic Palestinian manuscripts, art and photography.