Meet Our Leaders
The opportunity to serve on the Young Adults of Los Angeles (YALA) Board of Directors is a unique, rewarding and exciting leadership experience.
2014 YALA Board:
Jason Adelman is currently in his second year as Co-Chair of the YALA Board. Growing up in Los Angeles, Jason spent his college years in San Diego and London before moving back to L.A. to start his career in the Entertainment industry. He currently serves as Vice President of Marketing & Brand Partnerships for Relativity Media & Relativity Sports. He's previously worked for such companies as Platinum Rye Entertainment, Madison Road Entertainment & CBS Television.
Jason began his leadership involvement with the Jewish Federation in 2008 when he was accepted into the Entertainment Industry Leadership Institute (EILI) program. He then held multiple positions within the Entertainment Group, including, Co-Chair of Engagement in 2010 and Co-Chair of the Board in 2012. Jason assumed the role of YALA Board Co-Chair in 2013.
In the summer of 2010 Jason was asked by the Federation to lead the first ever Birthright: Israel “Entertainment Bus” from Los Angeles, where he supervised 50 young adults and Israeli soldiers on a trip of a lifetime. That was Jason’s third time in Israel and certainly not his last! Additionally, Jason founded the Federation’s unofficial co-ed Softball team, “The Feds”.
Jason credits the Federation as the place where he met many of his closest and dearest friends today, and has benefited tremendously by building relationships with many of the Federation's professionals and lay leaders. He gives so much of his time to the Federation because, "there is no better platform in the Los Angeles community to help sustain and support those in need of help today, while at the same time building a strong foundation for a viable and Jewish community for tomorrow."
Megan Braverman, Co-Chair of YALA’s Ben-Gurion Society (BGS), is a senior account manager with Berbay Corp., a marketing and public relations firm specializing in working with law firms and other professional service firms. Megan has been involved in the Federation since 2009 and, in addition to her role in YALA, is a cabinet member of the Real Estate and Construction (REC) Division.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Megan received her undergraduate degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Dayton. She has previously worked in a variety of industries such as real estate, event marketing and not-for-profit.
Previously acting as the dog cluster leader, Sarica is extremely excited to now serve on the YALA board as the Business and Professional Networks Chair. In this role, she will oversee the development of several new business and professional groups that will hold valuable networking events throughout the year. This is a new position for YALA and Sarica is looking forward to expanding the professional opportunities for young Angelenos.
Sarica has been involved in the Jewish community for most of her life. She has served on the board for many L.A. based Jewish organizations and has experience running both small and large groups. Sarica is a pharmacist who works for a biotech company as a medical science liaison. She enjoys spending time with her dog Lucy as well as her family and friends.
Gavrielle Siegal-Eisman is excited to begin her role as Cluster Chair on YALA’s board and Co-Chairing the L.A. Delegation to Tribefest 2014 in New Orleans. She is looking forward to supporting and leading the continued growth of all the cluster groups.
Gavrielle is a native of L.A. and has been actively involved in the Los Angeles Jewish community for as long as she can remember. Her values in Tikkun Olam and mitzvot have been instilled in her from an early age. These values inspired her to found TOLA: Tikkun Olam Los Angeles in 2011. TOLA's mission is to give back to the L.A. community, while bringing together Jewish Young Professionals who want to repair the world. TOLA has volunteered with numerous Federation partners including SOVA, Jewish Home for the Aging, National Council of Jewish Women (to name a few). They have also participated in Federation Community Service Days.
She attended the American Jewish University, where she earned her B.A. in Business. Gavrielle works full-time at OPI Products Inc., in Photo Shoot Production, Social Media, and volunteers as their Corporate Social Responsibility Ambassador. Gavrielle enjoys spending her time: freelance event planning, hiking, running, traveling, volunteering, and hanging out with her friends and family.
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Carly Einfeld is the chair for the All YALA Social Programming. Carly is originally from Sydney, Australia and made the move to L.A. to pursue a career in television production, after working in Music Television, Radio & live event production in Australia. She is currently studying the craft and volunteers with the Paley Center for Media, Australians in Film and Bob Bain Productions. Soon after arriving in Los Angeles, Carly became involved in the Jewish Federation and hasn't looked back since. She has been on the National Young Leadership to Israel four times including chairing the L.A. group for the 2012 and 2013 trips. She also co-chaired the young adult bus for the LA Centennial Mission to Israel. You could say her passion for Israel runs deep. Carly has been on the YALA board since its inception in 2012, she was the co-chair of Clusters when it launched in 2012 and attended TribeFest in both 2011 & 2012. Carly has been involved in Jewish organizations her whole life and is driven by the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam.
Alex Grager co-chairs EMET, the young legal group of the Jewish Federation. Alex practices family law in West Los Angeles and is the managing partner of Lopez & Grager, LLP, where he specializes in complex child custody and property disputes.
Alex has been involved with the Federation and with the Jewish community for several years. Hi is a founder of Ru-Ju-LA, the Russian-Jewish young adult network of Los Angeles. He is presently a co-chair of the Russian Jewish Leadership Track of the Federation's Community Leadership Institute.
In addition to the Federation, Alex is involved in the local bar associations, including the Beverly Hills Bar Family Law executive board and the Eastern European Bar Association. He has presented at numerous continuing education programs and is a recipient of the Lawrence J. Blake Award of the Beverly Hills Bar.
Alex received his Bachelor's Degree in psychology from the University of Southern California and his law degree from USC Law School.
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Eric Eagle Hartmans is the Co-Chair of EMET, YALA's young legal group. He is a litigator at Bonne, Bridges, Mueller, O'Keefe & Nichols. After Eagle completed law school at Loyola, he and his wife, Sharon, moved to the Central Illinois town of Peoria, where Sharon attended medical school and Eagle served as a criminal prosecutor. The first day Eagle and Sharon arrived in Peoria, they were welcomed to the Jewish community by the Executive Director of the local Federation. In Peoria, Eagle witnessed the tremendous impact of the Federation, which is the fabric of the local community. After returning to Los Angeles, Eagle found his way to the YALA community. As EMET Co-Chair, his goal is to continue the exceptional work of past EMET leaders by bringing together young adults for philanthropy, development of community, and socializing.
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David Kelleher is Co-Chair of the Entertainment Council on the YALA Board. David moved to Los Angeles from Miami, Fl after college (Go Noles) to pursue a career in the Entertainment industry. He has worked for E! Entertainment and the Style Network and currently is Executive Vice President and Head of Production for reality production company, T Group Productions.
After years focused on building his career, he was looking for a way to reconnect with Judaism and focus more time on philanthropy. Always gravitating towards leadership, in 2010 he started his involvement with the Jewish Federation in the 2010 EILI class where he travelled to Israel for the second time. Since then he has remained active and met some of his closest friends through the Federation…and its softball team, which he coaches.
David is excited to continue his growth within the Federation as well as continue to shape an amazing program within the entertainment division.
Deborah Levine is Chair of YALA’s Chai Society. She is an interior designer for M. Design Interiors Inc., a residential and hospitality design company. Deborah has been involved with the Federation for many years and in addition to her new role on the YALA board, she has been a member of the Ben Gurion Society Committee (BGS) since 2012.
A Los Angeles native, Deborah received her undergraduate degree in Public Relations from Boston University and is currently completing her Masters degree of Interior Architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Arielle Morrison is the Co-Chair of the YALA Board. Arielle is originally from San Diego, and moved to LA four years ago after working at the Jewish Federation of San Diego as the Young Adult Division Manager. Currently Arielle works at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as the Annual Fund Development Officer on the fundraising team.
Arielle has held a number of roles in the Federation, including: YALA Co-Chair, Women's Division Board Member and YALA liaison, YALA Outreach and Engagement Chair, and Birthright Israel trip leader in Summer 2009. She initially became involved with YALA because she wanted to connect with other young Jews when she first moved to Los Angeles. She is most excited about the abundance of new programming that YALA is providing, connecting young people to Federation, as well as creating a vibrant young Jewish community in Los Angeles.
In addition to volunteering her time with YALA she also volunteers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. For fun Arielle enjoys running, cooking, hiking and hanging out with her friends and family.
Shahrad Nahai began his work with the Jewish Federation in 2012 and now serves as a co-chair of the YALA Real Estate and Construction programs (REC). Born in Tehran, Iran, Shahrad moved to Los Angeles at the age of one with his family.
After graduating from Boston University in 1999 with a B.S. in Business Management, Shahrad moved back to Los Angeles to begin a career at Nahai Insurance Services. Shahrad has worked as a managing director at his family-run business for over 14 years and together they have become one of Los Angeles' largest privately held insurance brokerages.
Over the years, Shahrad has developed a dedicated spiritual practice, which includes Kundalini Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation. Shahrad obtained his Kundalini Yoga Teacher Certification in 2011 and continues to build on his passion for spiritual nourishment and self-development. Shahrad also enjoys long-distance running and singing.
Erin serves as Co-Chair of YALA’s Entertainment Professionals Group. Originally from Northern California, she moved to Los Angeles to attend USC for graduate school…and how quickly a decade has flown by!
Erin currently works as Director of Brand Marketing and Publicity for Twentieth Century Fox for the licensing and consumer products division. She has spent the last nine years developing and managing creative and strategic publicity and communication programs for top entertainment companies including CBS Entertainment, NBC Universal, Sony, and Dreamworks.
Her involvement in the Jewish Federation began as a participant in the 2008 Entertainment Industry Leadership Institute (EILI), and most recently on the 2013 National Young Leadership trips to Israel. Growing up, Erin spent many summers at Camp Swig in Saratoga, CA where her mother was also the camp nurse. (If you are currently wondering about the last name, her father is Irish.)
Matt Perlmutter is currently the REC Young Leadership Co-Chair as well as a board member representing the Next Generation for ORT America in Los Angeles, a global nonprofit that provides people with skills to foster economic self-sufficiency. He is also an actively involved in Toastmasters (a communication and leadership program), the American Jewish University, and Provisors (a professional networking group made up of high level professional service advisors). Matt graduated from Boston University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication. He is a native Angeleno and works as an office leasing advisor for CBRE, assisting office occupiers with lease negotiations, strategic planning, needs assessments, due diligence, financial analysis and market expertise.
Robin Polansky is returning for her second year as Co-Chair of Social Action on the YALA Board. Robin is an emergency room physician. She was previously an Executive Board member of the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation in San Francisco before moving to Los Angeles in 2012. Since then she has also become active in leadership roles with JDC Entwine, Friends of Beit T'Shuvah, Israel Bonds New Leadership, and the Young Women's Division of the Guardians. One of Robin's main goals as Co-Chair of Social Action is to introduce the young adult Jewish community to other Federation partner organizations through meaningful volunteer events.
Stephen Rischall is the co-chair of YALA’s Ben-Gurion Society. His connection to Judaism and passion for Israel was reignited through his participation on a 2011 LA Way Birthright Israel trip.
As a professional, Stephen is the Vice President and co-founder of 1080 Financial Group, a full service investment advisory and financial planning firm. He earned his degree in Finance at California State University Northridge and continued post graduate education with the College for Financial Planning.
Stephen lives an active life. He enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, wakeboarding and golf.
Adam Riley is the co-chair of Outreach and Engagement and is also the leader of the Wine Cluster for YALA. Adam works as the Western Region Manager for Myomo, Inc., where he spends his time with medical distributors and hospitals. Myomo ("My Own Motion") manufactures a robotic arm brace for patients with paralysis. Adam enjoys speaking to patient support groups about the benefits of neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to rewire itself after injury.
Adam has also volunteered on the board of the Young Leadership Division at the Orange County Jewish Federation, helped start JewGlue, a group for young Jews to connect and socialize and helped start the Orange County Moishe House in 2009. In 2010, Adam moved to Israel for 6 months, worked for a software company and volunteered at a high school teaching English. After leaving Israel, he explored Europe, and ended up working at 3 wineries in Spain and France.
Growing up as a reform Jew in Boulder, Colorado, (Adam's first "C" state), he began to develop a strong Jewish identity. He moved to Connecticut in 8th grade, and after high school, he attended Boston University where he studied Manufacturing Engineering. There, he was the musical director of Kol Echad, BU's Jewish a cappella group, and was involved as a TA and Freshman Student Advisor in the College of Engineering. Completing his round of the "C" states, Adam moved to California after college.
Shanah is YALA’s Co-chair for Outreach and Engagement. Originally from Long Beach, Shanah began her Jewish community involvement as a child, which continued into adulthood through her involvement in Federation’s young adult groups across the country, most recently Chicago’s Young Leadership Division (YLD) and now YALA in LA. Through these groups, Shanah has met some incredible people, built close friendships, and has found a wonderful community of which to be a part. Through her role on the YALA board she hopes to “pay it forward” and provide the same to the new and established members of the YALA community.
As a native Californian, Shanah was thrilled to move back to Los Angeles 5.5 years ago. She had left the amazing weather to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a Master’s degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University in New York, and build her Human Resources career within the Fashion, Financial Services, and Entertainment industries. Shanah is currently the Director, Human Resources at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Jocelyn Orloff is the Federation’s Senior Director for Young Adult Engagement. Originally from New York and has lived in Los Angeles for the past two years. Prior to moving to LA, she lived in Saint Louis where she served as the BBYO director for four years. Jocelyn will be joining the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles from Sinai Temple where she held the role of Atid Director in charge of all young professional programs for adults in their 20s and 30s. In 2011 she finished her MBA from Indiana University, her Masters in Jewish Liberal Studies and a Certificate in Informal Jewish Education from Hebrew College. She looks forward to continuing to serve the Jewish community of Los Angeles and share her passion for young adult engagement and creating meaningful Jewish experiences.
Elana Hutter is the Assistant Director for Young Adult Engagement/YALA at the Los Angeles Federation by day and an academic tutor by night. Elana graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley in International Civil Rights and Social Movements. She was also on the Cal Triathlon team (Go Bears!) and played Capoeira (Brazilian dance fighting).
After graduating, Elana lived in Barcelona, Spain where she became fluent in Spanish, worked in marketing with international DJs, taught English and became active in a small and vibrant Jewish community.
Continuing in her post-college social justice efforts, Elana was a Jeremiah Fellow at the Progressive Jewish Alliance (now Bend the Arc), a community organizing and leadership development fellowship.
She then worked for Levi Strauss on an interactive brand marketing and arts education pop-up experience called Levi's Film Workshop in collaboration with MOCA's Art in the Streets Exhibit and the Echo Park Film Center. She now loves creating immersive brand experiences for young adults in L.A.
You should know that Elana spent summers at Camp Alonim and started volunteering at Super Sunday with her dad when she was only 8 and wore roller skates as she collected pledge cards. Elana loves bikes, dancing, haiku and art projects.
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