B. Andrew Zelermyer is a director at Goulston & Storrs, where he conducts a broad-based real-estate practice. He represents real-estate development companies, financial institutions and architectural firms in all aspects of commercial real-estate law, including land use and development; construction and permanent financing; construction and design; leasing; acquisitions; and sales. Zelermyer’s professional and communal involvement includes serving as a member of the Retail Solar Task Force at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, founding board member of MassEquality, treasurer and trustee at Temple Israel of Boston, board member of the Boston Preservation Alliance and an alumnus of Lead Boston Class of 2001.
Carson Gleberman is the mother of two girls in college and a son in high school. She has worked in banking, strategy consulting, health-care administration and international conference planning. She has volunteer experience in fundraising, education and theater management. Gleberman is a graduate of Yale University and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. She is the author of a book for parents that helps guide conversations with teens about sexual orientation, gender identity and more. Gleberman is an ally, a Jew by choice and a member of Rodeph Shalom in New York City, where she lives.
Debbie Heller, a native of New York, is a graduate of Lehman College and holds graduate degrees from Michigan State University and Johns Hopkins University. She has worked as coordinator of student activities at the University of Detroit, director of student activities at Georgetown University and assistant director of the middle school at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day, but she considers her greatest and proudest job to be that of stay-at-home mom to her three sons, Adam, Daniel and Jacob. All of Heller’s jobs have involved creating inclusive and safe communities for students. At Smith Jewish Day School, she focused her efforts on combating bullying, which served as a segue to her advocacy work on behalf of the LGBTQ community. Heller was part of the volunteer team that created the Keshet Parent and Family Connection, which she continues to spearhead in the Washington, D.C., Metro area. She is on the board of directors of Kol Shalom, in Rockville, Md., where she focuses on programming. She also volunteers with Project Knitwell, a group that teaches knitting to children and adults who are in stressful situations. Heller and her husband, Jamie, live in Chevy Chase, Md.
Andrew Nagel has spent the past 20 years as a corporate attorney in private practice. Most recently, he served as a corporate partner and co-chair of the mergers and acquisitions practice group at an international law firm. Nagel’s focus on mergers and acquisitions has included activist shareholder matters, capital markets, corporate governance, private equity and restructuring. His clients have included investment banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, and technology, broadcasting and manufacturing companies. Nagel serves on the Legal Council of the Williams Institute, a national think tank at UCLA Law School dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. He has also served on the board of Nehirim, a national community of LGBT Jews, families and allies. Nagel is active with Immigration Equality, a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for LGBT and HIV-positive individuals, and Lambda Legal. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. While in law school, he served as an articles editor of the California Law Review.
Idit Klein has been an activist for equality and social justice for the past 20 years. Since 2001, she has served as executive director of Keshet. During this time, she has built Keshet from a single-person, local organization with an annual budget of $42,000 to an 18-person, national organization with an annual budget of nearly $2 million. Under her leadership, Keshet developed a comprehensive training curriculum for LGBT inclusion and trained educators in hundreds of Jewish communities around the country. In Massachusetts, Klein helped mobilize Massachusetts rabbis and synagogue members to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. She also served as executive producer of Keshet’s award-winning documentary film “Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School.” Prior to leading Keshet, Klein was an activist in the LGBT community in Israel and played a role in early organizing efforts to create the Jerusalem Open House. She has worked for social justice organizations in Jerusalem and in Boston, including SHATIL, the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (now known as Israel-Palestine: Creative Regional Initiatives) and Community Work Services. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale University, Klein holds a Master of Education, with a focus on social justice and anti-oppression education, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is also a certified facilitator at the Center for Leadership Initiatives. Klein was among eight recipients of the 2003-2005 Joshua Venture Fellowship for young Jewish social entrepreneurs and was a plenary speaker at the 2007 Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly. A board member of JOIN for Justice and a past fellow, Klein was honored by the Jewish Women’s Archive with a Women Who Dared award and named to the Forward 50.
Angel Alvarez-Mapp is executive director of Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco, where he has been an active, longtime congregant and studied for conversion with Rabbis Lew and Richmond. Alvarez-Mapp is a seasoned nonprofit professional with extensive experience in the development of comprehensive strategic plans, capital campaigns and communication/marketing plans. He has provided strong leadership and strategic direction to organizations for more than 10 years. Before joining Beth Sholom, Alvarez-Mapp served as creative services manager for the Masons of California, where he successfully developed and oversaw implementation of the organization’s five-year strategic plan, planned and executed major fundraising initiatives and oversaw marketing efforts. He studied business administration at St. Mary’s College of California and graphic design at the Art Institute of California, San Francisco. Alvarez-Mapp is a member of the Regional Council at Bend the Arc and board president of Association Media & Publishing, the premier membership organization serving the needs of nonprofit publishers, business operation executives, communications professionals, designers and content generators. He lives in San Francisco with his partner, Daniel Ewald.
Dana Beyer, a retired eye surgeon, currently serves as executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, chair of the national advisory board at Freedom to Work, and a weekly columnist at the Huffington Post. A well-known advocate for health issues as well as gender rights, Beyer practiced medicine and surgery in Washington, D.C.; Miami; Mississippi; Africa; and Asia. She was a candidate for Maryland state delegate in 2006 and 2010, and the Maryland State Senate in 2014. Beyer has been a vice president at Equality Maryland, executive vice president at Maryland NOW, a member of the Board of Governors of the Human Rights Campaign, a founding member of the Progressive Working Group, a steering committee member of Progressive Neighbors and a board member at the National Center for Transgender Equality and Mobile Medical Care, a service provider of health care to the uninsured in Montgomery County, Md. She is currently a board member at A Wider Bridge, am organization that builds bridges between Israelis and LGBTQ North Americans and allies. Beyer co-authored The Dallas Principles in 2009. She served as senior adviser to Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg of the Montgomery County Council, and on the Rules Committee of the Democratic Party. A mother of two adult sons, she lives in Chevy Chase, Md.
Jeremy Burton has served since 2011 as executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. Through advocacy, organizing, service and partnerships, JCRC defines and advances the values, interests and priorities of the organized Jewish community of Greater Boston in the public square. A Keshet board member since 2008, Burton previously was senior vice president of programs at Jewish Funds for Justice, and vice president of programs at the Jewish Funders Network. He writes and speaks widely about challenges and opportunities facing the Jewish community. A resident of Cambridge, Mass., Burton avidly tweets about his passions, including sports and science fiction.
Lisa Capelouto is an experienced advisor, mentor and strategic consultant to Jewish organizations and foundations in Europe and the USA including JW3, Pears Foundation, Natan Fund, UJA Federation-New York, and 70 Faces Media. Lisa is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully planned and launched a variety of successful new initiatives during her 25-year professional career in the Jewish community, including JHub, the Natan Book Award, and the JAMS project. She is currently the founding director of Project Accelerate, a capacity building program for second stage organizations in the Jewish community.
Lisa resides in Westchester, NY with her husband, Paul Bernstein, and is proud mom to Ana and Alyx. Despite having spent the last 25 years living in London and New York, in her heart Lisa is still proudly South African.
Alan Cohen has worked for more than 20 years in international and domestic Jewish communal service and in corporate social responsibility. Alan currently serves as the chief health program officer at the Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA). In the past, Alan served as the chief of staff at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC); the director of global corporate social responsibility at Henry Schein, Inc., a Fortune 500® company; as the senior director for strategic planning and organizational resources at UJA-Federation of New York; and as a program officer for JDC’s Former Soviet Union Team. Alan is on the board of Keshet, a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life, and the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel. He is a past board chair of the Joshua Venture Group, which works to cultivate the leadership and management capability of talented, passionate young social entrepreneurs. Alan graduated from Brandeis University Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, having studied politics and Russian language and literature. After graduating, Alan was awarded the Dorot Fellowship in Israel and spent five years living in Jerusalem. He received a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University. Alan participated in the Selah Leadership Program for a national cohort of social justice leaders and received AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps’s Partner in Justice Award. Alan lives in New York City with his partner, Robert Bank.
Gali Cooks is executive director of Leading Edge, an organization formed to influence, inspire and enable dramatic change in attracting, developing and retaining top talent for Jewish organizations. Cooks has extensive professional experience in the nonprofit, public and private sectors. Her career began in Washington, D.C., where she was a speechwriter at the Embassy of Israel and worked as a legislative assistant at AIPAC. She then joined the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, where she was founding director of the PJ Library, a family-engagement program that mails free Jewish children’s books to families each month. From 2007 to 2013, Cooks was executive director at the Rita J. & Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation, where she oversaw the distribution of millions of philanthropic dollars to organizations working to empower people and inspire hope. In the private sector, Cooks served as vice president of operations at an education technology startup. Most recently, she was director of business operations in the Youth Division of the Union for Reform Judaism. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Cooks lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her wife, Keren.
S. Asher Gelman has an extensive history of LGBTQ activism both in the Jewish community and the broader world. As a high school junior, he founded Rainbow Youth DC, a youth-run social group for LGBT youth in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. At that time, RYDC was the area’s largest queer youth group. Gelman also headed up Rainbow Connection, the gay-straight alliance at Georgetown Day High School, and initiated several programs there, including a highly successful Day of Silence. At the same time, he served on the board of the Washington, D.C., chapter of GLSEN. While a student at Bard College, Gelman was an active member of the National Union of Jewish LGBT Students and served as a member of the NUJLS’ Board of Governors. Since 2003, he has been active in the Israeli LGBTQ rights movement. After graduating from Bard in 2006, with degrees in both Dance and Theater, Gelman moved to Tel Aviv, where he played a key role in organizing and building the new LGBTQ Community Center. He served in the Israeli Defense Forces from 2008 to 2009, and received a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from George Washington University in 2012. Gelman co-founded and served as the Artistic Director of The Stage, Tel Aviv’s premier English language performing arts organization from 2013 to 2016. He currently runs Midnight Theatricals, a Manhattan-based theater company. Asher lives in New York City with his husband, Mati.
Karla Goldman is the Sol Drachler Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan, where she directs the school’s Jewish Communal Leadership Program. From 1991 to 2000, she taught American Jewish history at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Goldman worked from 2000 to 2008 as historian in residence at the Jewish Women’s Archive in Brookline, Mass. She is the author of “Beyond the Synagogue Gallery: Finding a Place for Women in American Judaism” (Harvard University Press, 2000) and is working on a history of the Jews of Cincinnati.
Patty Jacobson is director of the managed market strategy group at IMS Health, where she helps build new products and get existing ones out the door. Prior to joining IMS, she spent seven years at Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston, where she was vice president of marketing and director of JewishBoston.com. Before beginning her work in the Jewish community, Jacobson founded a software consultancy with her best friends, which was acquired during the boom and right before the bust. As a volunteer, she started the GLBT Team at CJP in 1999 and continues to advocate for inclusion in the Jewish community. Jacobson is a member of the board at Jewish Women’s Archive. She is a graduate of Yale University and holds a master’s degree from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Stuart Kurlander has a long history of involvement in the Jewish and GLBT communities. He is vice president for campaign and a member of the executive committee and the board of directors at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and a member of the board of trustees of the United Jewish Endowment Fund. Previously, he served as vice president for Israel and overseas; vice president at large; co-chair of the campaign’s Philanthropic Leadership Group; and co-chair of Operation Promise at JFGW. Kurlander is founder and chair of the Kurlander Program on Gay and Lesbian Outreach and Engagement at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, the first program of its type at a Jewish community center. He was national chair of the first United Jewish Communities LGBT Pride Mission to Israel, in 2005. Kurlander also serves as a member of the United Jewish Communities’ Financial Relations Committee, and as a board member of both the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center and the Washington, D.C., chapter of the American Jewish Committee. In 2008, he received the Judge Learned Hand Award from the AJC. He is also a Wexner Heritage program alumnus and a former member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet of UJC. Professionally, Kurlander is a Washington, D.C., partner, global co-chair of the Israel Practice Group and founding partner and former chair of the Washington, D.C., Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Group, as well as former global co-chair of the HLS Practice Group, of the international law firm Latham & Watkins.
Joy Ladin is a professor of English and holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. She is the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. Her memoir of transition, “Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders,” was a finalist for a 2012 National Jewish Book Award. In 2012, she also became the first openly transgender person named to the Forward 50 list of influential or courageous American Jews. Her essays on gender identity, Judaism and poetry have been widely published, and she has taught and spoken about Judaism and gender identity around the country. She has served on the board of Nehirim, and on the advisory board of the Human Rights Campaign’s Jewish Organizational Equality Index. She has spoken about transgender issues to dozens of Jewish groups and communities, and has been featured on a number of public radio programs, including Krista Tippett’s “On Being.” Ladin is the author of six books of poetry, “The Definition of Joy” (2012), “Coming to Life” (2010), “Psalms” (2010), “Transmigration” (2009), “The Book of Anna” (2006) and “Alternatives to History” (2003), as well as a critical study “Soldering the Abyss: Emily Dickinson and Modern American Poetry” (2010). Her poems and essays have been widely published. Ladin was a finalist for the 2009 Lambda Literary Award. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for Poetry and received an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship. She was also a Fulbright Scholar. Ladin is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Princeton University.
Marc Maxwell has degrees in both planning and architecture. Having earned his Bachelor of Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati, and then his Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his career has consistently focused on integrating thoughtful planning and architectural design into a single practice. Maxwell’s career has included academic research and teaching, corporate employment, and private consulting and design firm positions. Maxwell has specialized in several building and project types, all focused on keeping the eventual building user’s needs in the forefront of the design process, looking towards the long term value of the completed project and renovation of existing structures as the ultimate “green” environmentally conscience philosophy. Maxwell maintains strong community involvement in a number of projects and organizations, sitting on several not-for-profit boards including: Temple Israel Boston, BGLAD (Boston Gay Lesbian Architects and Designers) and Stonewall Communities, Inc), and providing at least 10% of his professional time annually to pro bono activities.
Seth M. Marnin served most recently as the Vice President for Civil Rights at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). He was previously the Associate Director of Legal Affairs at ADL where his substantive areas of responsibility included discrimination, campus concerns, First Amendment rights, LGBT issues, and bullying and cyberbullying. Prior to joining the ADL, Seth was an associate at Outten & Golden LLP where he represented individual employees and employee classes in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law. Mr. Marnin was a member of the firm’s Practice Groups for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Workplace Rights; Whistleblower Retaliation; Disability Discrimination; and Family Responsibilities Discrimination. Before joining Outten & Golden LLP, he was the Director of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Resources for the University of Connecticut, where he provided leadership to the University of Connecticut’s ten campuses on all issues related to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Allied Community (LGBTQQA). In this role, he assessed the educational, political, legal and social environment of the campuses, made formal recommendations, and advocated to enhance the quality of life for LGBTQQA students, faculty and staff. Seth has spoken nationally and internationally on LGBTQ issues, hate crime laws, discrimination, civil rights, and religious freedom. He has co-authored friend-of-the-court briefs in numerous cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate courts around the country including Obergefell and Windsor. He has also served on the planning committee for the National LGBT Bar Association’s Transgender Roundtable, the World Professional Organization for Transgender Health (WPATH) Legal Committee, and as a board member for Out for Work. Seth resides in New York City with his partner and their blended family.
Dara Papo, a licensed clinical social worker, was born in the Bay Area and is continuing a family history of involvement in the Jewish community. She has more than 18 years’ experience supporting individuals and communities increase their health and wellness through provision of behavioral health services in community-based settings. Papo is director of support services at Community Housing Partnership, a nonprofit providing supportive housing and services to approximately 2,000 formerly homeless individuals and families in San Francisco. She also creates and facilitates trainings for nonprofit providers through the Harm Reduction Coalition. Papo participated in the first cohort of the Pathways LGBT Leadership program — a partnership between Keshet and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco — and currently serves as co-chair on the federation’s LGBT Alliance. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and holds a Master of Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.
Nathan has worked in the Jewish, foundation, non-profit, and innovation communities for the past several years. He currently works at CIC, one of the largest clusters of start-ups in the world and whose mission is to fix the world through innovation. At CIC, he manages strategic initiatives for the CEO and supports CIC’s sister non-profit organization, Venture Café, dedicated to connecting innovators to make things happen.
Nathan began his career as the Bronfman Fellow at Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life in Washington, DC and later worked at the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, a family foundation committed to helping people get along better. Most recently, he managed training for the northeast region of EverFi, an education technology company focusing on cultivating critical skills from financial literacy to critical thinking. He received his B.A. from Tufts University in Anthropology and Child Development. Nathan currently serves on the Board of Directors of Tufts University Hillel and formerly as a member of the City Year Associate Board in NYC. Originally from Evanston, IL, he now lives in Somerville, MA with his husband Tal.
Jason is originally from Montreal. There he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from McGill University. Jason is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Development Program of Federation CJA (Montreal). Jason spent 11 years working in public accounting and consulting, mainly with Ernst & Young, in Montreal, Berlin, and San Francisco. He is now a member of the finance team at Autodesk, a software company in San Francisco.
Jason has been involved with his alma mater since graduation, first as a volunteer canvasser and currently as part of the business school’s mentoring program. Jason was previously the Chairperson of the Young Adult Division of Federation CJA (Montreal), serving as one of the first openly gay chairs of a Federation division. In 2010 for his service, he was presented with Combined Jewish Appeal’s Honorary Chairman’s Award. Jason has also served as Chairperson of the Donor Relation Management Committee of the Montreal Jewish Chamber of Commerce. Jason is currently a member of the LGBT Alliance of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco.
Rabbi Becky Silverstein is education director at Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center in Pasadena, Calif. Before that, he served for two years as the rabbinic intern at Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline, Mass. Silverstein is a 2014 graduate of the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College and serves on the board of its alumni association. He has been a Keshet trainer and facilitator since 2007. Silverstein wants to create an inclusive Judaism that allows everyone to express their full selves. Originally from New York, he lives in Los Angeles but considers Boston his home.
Martin Tannenbaum brings over 35 years’ experience helping nonprofit and for-profit organizations learn, grow and innovate. He developed his expertise through a series of senior leadership positions at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, as group vice president of business financial services; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, as executive director of new and traditional products; and The Idea Factory, as chief operating officer. He also gained deep insights as a consultant with a number of premier nonprofit organizations, including The Boston Foundation, Barnes Jewish and Children’s Healthcare and Yale-New Haven Medical Center. Current consulting clients include OneJustice, Openhouse, Jewish Family and Children’s Service and a consortium of the six Jewish organizations in Utah. Tannenbaum serves as a board member and fundraising chair at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco. He is also the immediate past board chair of Keshet and previous treasurer of Rhoda Goldman Plaza. Tannenbaum graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, and earned a Master of Business Administration, with honors, from Boston University.