Meet our
Professional Staff

Sarah Austin
Director Birthright Israel and Immersive Experiences

Sarah loves helping people get to Israel. This makes her perfect for her role as she oversees the Federation’s LA Way trips, Onward Israel, and more. A SoCal native who spent many years traveling the globe she is happy to be back in L.A.

Alexi Biener
Campaign Associate

Alexi is charged with increasing young adult philanthropic support to the Federation. She finds great meaning in hearing what inspires young adults to give back, but you can always find her dancing and singing along to the Pitch Perfect soundtracks.

Roxanna Donay
Program Director Israel Experiences & Post-Programs

Roxy caught the international travel bug as a teenager. She has since been to Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Spain, Italy, South Africa, and of course Israel (too many times to count) and she has the photos to prove it!

Aubrey Farkas
Director Civic Engagement

Aubrey oversees our government affairs work, as well as the Rautenberg New Leaders Project—a premier civic leadership program. She is a proud native Angeleno, devout foodie, art enthusiast, and political junkie.

Maia Ferdman
Program Coordinator Global Jewish Experiences

In the fourth leg of the Federation’s Fishel Fellowship, Maia brings her global experiences living in India, Bulgaria, and Israel to Los Angeles through programming for young adults. Maia is a proud UCLA grad, avid reader/writer, and intricate doodler.

Orly Frank
Program Director Strategic Initiatives

Orly spends her time building relationships with her Brawerman Fellows who attend colleges all over the US. She loves guiding and being a part of their Jewish journey. She is married, has two boys, loves traveling and visiting spas.

Jennifer Green
Assistant Director NuRoots Community Fellowship

Jenn loves working to build an inclusive and meaningful community for young, diverse couples in LA with NuRoots and Honeymoon Israel. In her free time, she and her best friend explore the city for their adventure blog, My Best LA Day.

Ari Naamani-Goldman
Assistant Director YALA

Ari moved to LA from New York, where he served as president of the Alzheimer's Association's young professionals committee and launched its outreach program. He also worked as a sound designer, and produced soundtracks for Lincoln Center, the United Nations, and the Louvre.

David Guccione
Assistant Director NuRoots Community Fellowship

An avid cyclist and yogi, David has worked in sports sponsorships for various automotive manufacturers, planning events all over the world. David brings his expertise in bringing people together along with his deep passion and commitment to fostering community in West Hollywood.

Kim Habi
Executive Assistant NuRoots

A native of Philadelphia. She is the go to person for tips on office organization, event arrangement, daily business practices, and support to other departments as needed. Kim is always ready to share pictures of her granddaughter.

Megan Kanofsky
Director Jewish Campus Life

Megan works with college organizations to ensure meaningful programs are happening for Jewish college students throughout greater Los Angeles. A foodie, Megan loves trying all of LA’s new dining hot spots and especially likes food festivals.

Marisa Kaplan
Director of NuRoots Partnerships

Marisa works with Los Angeles Jewish communal professionals and organizations to dream up new methods of collaboration and bring innovative programming to our community. In the evenings and on weekends, she spends her time exploring the city’s vibrant food and wine scene.

Jason Leivenberg
Vice President NuRoots

Hailing from “the Valley,” Jason believes that everything connects to everything else, which is why bringing people together doing good in the world gets him up in the morning. He is a baseball fanatic, caffeine enthusiast and burger fiend.

Zack Lodmer
Director of NuRoots Community Engagement Fellowship

Is a musician, yogi (founder and leader of Om Shalom Yoga), and father to his two spunky children. He loves tacos but also drinks his green juice, building community, and guiding those on their Jewish journeys.

Gamal Palmer
VP Leadership Development

Is passionate about empowering young adults to tap into their passions and leverage their skills to have a lifetime of addressing issues important to them. Palmer is an avid rider and loves extreme sports.

Shannon Pournazarian Rahbarpour
Assistant Director Leadership Development

Shannon works to understand and map the LA Jewish community landscape, facilitating connections between participants, mentors, and nonprofit organizations. She also oversees “The Network,” our alumni community for graduates of leadership programs. Shannon credits her relationship-building successes to her fixation with The Bachelor.

Margalit Rosenthal
Vice President Young Adult Engagement

Having lived in DC, NY, and now LA, Margalit is the connection you need! Margalit can point you in the right direction for Jewish opportunities of all kinds, both in LA and beyond. She loves to cook and collect semi-useful trivia facts.

Linda Sans
Program Assistant, Young Adult Engagement & Leadership Development

Linda brings with her an exciting international background. When not busy supporting the Sr. VP of YAE&LD, she enjoys exploring LA’s art scene, gourmet cooking and learning from various cultures. An accomplished trilingual voice over artist, she is currently studying Mandarin Chinese.

Mariah Shevchuk
Program Assistant Birthright Israel and Immersive Experiences

Mariah hails from Arizona originally, coming to LA via San Francisco. She loves Mexican food, living in a city as diverse as Los Angeles, and is very excited to bring her museum education background to the Federation.

Elina Tilipman
Assistant Director NuRoots Community Fellowship

Passionate about connecting people and building communities, Elina loves curating unique experiences that inspire people and help foster new relationships. In her spare time, she explores the thriving LA food scene, bakes tasty challah with Challah Hub and is obsessed with neon signs!

Ally Turkheimer
Program Director Birthright Israel Experience

Originally from Maryland, Ally is new to the L.A. Jewish community. She is excited to recruit across the Greater Los Angeles community for Birthright Israel, which is her passion. Ally enjoys trying new restaurants, taking spin classes, and exploring the city.

Brianna Ziegler
Assistant Director NuRoots

Bri builds community by bringing people of all ages together to enjoy Jewish food, humor, arts, and culture in a fresh, modern way. You may also know her for her triple-jointed-ness or starring role in a Coca-Cola commercial.

Sasha Zlobina
Assistant Director Russian Jewish Community

Sasha designs dynamic events for Russian-speaking Jewish young professionals and families with young children, supports Russian-speaking Jewish CEI interns on campuses, and works with the Community Leadership Institute. Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, Sasha can be seen at LA’s best restaurants.

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