Dana is a retired eye surgeon who served for eight years as Executive Director of Gender Rights Maryland, the state’s trans political organization, which worked the Maryland gender identity bill to passage in 2014. She served a term as a senior adviser for Councilmember Trachtenberg on the Montgomery County Council. She is chair of the national advisory board of Freedom to Work and wrote a weekly column for the Huffington Post from 2012-18. She has served on the Rules Committee of the national Democratic Party, and has twice run for state delegate and twice for state Senate in Maryland’s District 18. She was inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame in 2014, and served on the county’s Committee on Hate/Violence from 2015-18. Dana is a proud mother of two sons and grandmother of two very cute young granddaughters.
Jeremy Burton is the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC). 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. Previously he was the Senior Vice President of Programs at the Jewish Funds for Justice, and Vice President of Programs at the Jewish Funders Network. Jeremy also served as a board member of Keshet, working for the full inclusion of LGBT Jews in Jewish life. Jeremy came to the Jewish community from a career in political strategy and public communications, having worked for New York Mayor David N. Dinkins, Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, the 1996 Clinton/Gore Re-Election Campaign, and the New York State Assembly & Attorney General, among others.
Jeremy writes and speaks widely about challenges and opportunities facing the Jewish community. He has been published widely, including in the New York Jewish Week, the Jewish Forward, Zeek, Sh’ma, and the Washington Post: On Faith. The JTA included him in their 2010 “Twitter 100” list of the most influential Jewish voices on Twitter. You can follow him @BurtonJM. Jeremy has a B.A. in political science from Queens College of the City University of New York.
Gali Cooks is the President & CEO of Leading Edge, an organization formed in 2014 by foundations and federations to influence, inspire and enable dramatic change in attracting, developing and retaining top talent for Jewish organizations. Gali’s professional experience spans the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
Her career began as a speechwriter at the Embassy of Israel and a Legislative Assistant at AIPAC. She then joined the Harold Grinspoon Foundation as Founding Director of the PJ Library. From 2007-2013, Gali was Executive Director of the Rita & Stanley Kaplan Family Foundation. In the private sector, Gali was VP of Operations at an education technology startup.
Gali holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business. In 2016, she was named one of the Forward 50, an annual list of the top 50 Jews influencing American life, for her efforts to build the next generation of leaders. She lives with her wife and daughter in Brooklyn, NY.
Forty-one years ago Anne moved from Manhattan to Newton, Massachusetts to share my life with my husband, Myron. Their family grew to include three incredible daughters who gifted them with four grandchildren. During the years, Anne served on the boards of the Solomon Schecter Day School, Temple Mishkan Tefila, Jewish Family and Children Service and Keshet.
Anne participated in raising funds for Mass Equality and was present when Governor Deval Patrick signed the bill for marriage equality. Her goal is to leave this world a safer and equal place for all.
Asher Gelman is a director, choreographer, actor, dancer, playwright, and producer. Through his production company, Midnight Theatricals, he produced and directed his first original play, Afterglow, which ran for 14 months Off-Broadway at the Davenport Theater. He recently produced the Off-Broadway musical, We Are The Tigers by Preston Max Allen. Gelman’s second play, safeword., opened Off Broadway in April. Originally from Chevy Chase, MD, Asher received his Bachelors Degree in Dance and Theater from Bard College in New York in 2006 and his Masters in Fine Arts in Dance from The George Washington University in Washington DC in 2012. From 2006 to 2016, Asher lived in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he became one of the founders of The Stage, Tel Aviv’s premier English language performing arts organization, serving as its first Artistic Director from 2013 to 2016. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. Asher lives in New York City with his husband, Mati.
Karla Goldman is Sol Drachler Professor of Social Work and Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan where she directs the Jewish Communal Leadership Program. She is a scholar whose work focuses on the history of American Jewish communities and the experience of American Jewish women. She served on the Keshet board from 2008-2017. She is currently a member of the Jewish Women’s Archive Board of Directors, which she co-chaired from 2016-2019. She is the author of “Beyond the Gallery: Finding a Place for Women in American Judaism,” (Harvard University Press, 2000).
Daniel Heller is the founder of The Welcoming Committee, an events and travel business that is building a movement of people who think it’s time for LGBT folks to experience every bar, sports game, major event, and travel destination the same way straight people do. Before founding TWC, Daniel worked in business development and product management at Amazon.com and strategy consulting for Infosys Consulting, where he built India’s first LGBT corporate affinity group. Daniel holds a BA in economics from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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.
Patty Jacobson is a Director in Managed Markets Strategy at IMS Health where she helps build new products and get the existing ones out the door. Prior to IMS, Patty spent 7 years at Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston, where she was the VP of Marketing and the Director of JewishBoston.com. Before her work in the Jewish community, Patty founded a software consultancy with her best friends, which was lucky enough to be acquired during the boom and right before the bust.
As a volunteer, Patty started the GLBT Team at CJP in 1999 and continues to advocate for inclusion in the Jewish community. She is a member of the board of the Jewish Women’s Archive. She holds an S.M. from the MIT Sloan School and a B.A. from Yale University.
Stuart Kurlander has a long history of involvement in the Jewish and GLBT communities. He is currently Vice President for Campaign, member of the Executive Committee, and a member of the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. He previously 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 for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the United Jewish Endowment Fund. He is the 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.
Stuart also serves as a member of the UJC Financial Relations Committee, a board member of the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center and a board member of the Washington DC Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. In 2008, he received the Judge Learned Hand Award from the American Jewish Committee. He is also a Wexner Heritage program alumni and a former member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet of United Jewish Communities.
Professionally, Stuart is a Washington, DC Partner, Global Co-Chair of the Israel Practice Group, and Founding Partner and former Chair of the Washington, DC Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Group (HLS) and also former Global Co-Chair of the HLS Practice Group of the international law firm Latham & Watkins, LLP.