YOUNG LEADERSHIP BOARD

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Idan Baum

Idan grew up in Israel and served as a Team Leader in the IDF's Intelligence Corps. Following his military service, he joined Eltel Technologistics as a Solution Consultant. Idan then moved to NYC and completed his undergraduate degree in Marketing and Economics with the highest honors at the Zicklin School of Business of Baruch College (CUNY). Upon graduation, Idan joined the Analytics & Sales team at Bloomberg LP. His passion for mentorship, developing others and giving back to the community led him to be actively involved in his school’s Alumni Network, as well as Bloomberg Philanthropies, and he is also a member of the Young Wall Street Leadership committee at UJA-Federation of New York.

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Talia Cantor

Talia Cantor is the Social Justice Specialist for Baruch College Hillel, working with colleges throughout Manhattan, including SVA, FIT, Fordham, Pace, and more, to implement various social justice programs for students across the city. Talia graduated Dickinson College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Minor in Judaic Studies.

She also has a background in Film, Television, and Theater, having previously worked as an Assistant Director and Production Coordinator before moving into the social justice sector.  While new to the YL Board, a JOIN Israel Project she’s most excited about is the JOIN Literacy Educational Program, as literature and storytelling are extremely important to her.

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Yehudis Gottesfeld

Yehudis is a chemical engineer with a background in nuclear engineering and environmental engineering. She conentrates her work in the energy sector and has a conducted chemical engineering and environmental engineering research in various roles at Columbia University and The City College of New York. Yehudis has volunteered her time helping others with through multiple non-profits organizations for over 10 years.

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Eli Hanovitch

Eli, originally from Melbourne, Australia, has lived in Israel for the last 12 years. While in Israel, Eli completed his undergraduate degree at IDC in Herzlia and upon returning from law school abroad, worked for 5 years as a lawyer with an international law firm in Tel Aviv focusing on cross-border corporate activities on behalf of Israeli companies. Having moved to NY in early 2020, Eli is passionate about continuing to help Israel and in facilitating support for the sectors of society that need it most.

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Adam Koeppel

Adam was born and raised in New York City and has lived there ever since graduating college in 2019. Adam graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Public Policy and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. Adam currently works at J.P. Morgan, where he is responsible for the due diligence and manager selection of private equity, credit and real estate fund investments.Adam is most passionate about supporting JOIN's Big Brother project. 

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Adam Lev

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Adam is currently pursuing his MBA at Columbia Business School and lives in New York City. Prior to his studies, Adam was a Management Consultant at KPMG, leading teams and high profile engagements advising global Fortune 500 companies on various strategic challenges, helping management teams increase shareholder value.

Growing up in Israel, Adam completed his undergraduate degree in Accounting, Finance and Economics in Tel Aviv University and prior to that served in the Israeli Air Force as an Intelligence Team Leader in an F-15 fighter squadron. Adam’s passion for giving back to Israel began all the way back in his early childhood, growing up watching his father Colonel Miki Lev, a heroic fighter pilot and officer, humbly dedicate his time and energy for the safety of the people of Israel.

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Evan Stafford

Evan, originally from Los Angeles, has lived in New York for the past 5 years and now splits time between NYC and San Diego. Evan graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelors of Business and has since worked in a variety of executive roles in the tech industry. Evan founded his own company, DRYVRS, which was later acquired by a major rideshare company and has since held executive roles at Ford Motor Company and LeafLink. Evan is most passionate about supporting JOIN Israel’s Soup Kitchen program in Jerusalem.

Adam Sussman

Adam V. Sussman is a partner in the Private Investment Funds practice of Goodwin Procter LLP in New York and a member of the firm's Private Equity group. Adam counsels private fund sponsors on all aspects of their business, including the organization, marketing/fundraising and ongoing operation, compliance and management of private equity funds, hedge funds, co-investment funds and managed accounts, as well as the firm ownership and upper-tier organization of asset managers. He also advises institutional investors with respect to their participation in private equity and other alternative asset funds.

Before becoming a lawyer, Adam was an analyst at an early-stage investment fund and business incubator based in New York’s Silicon Alley and served in the War Room of Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign as part of the Media and Rapid Response Team. Adam earned his B.A., with Distinction, in History and Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University, and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and holds an M.A. concentrating in Political Economy. Adam is excited to be part of an organization that leverages private resources to access and enhance available programs and improve the lives of vulnerable populations in Israel.