Linda Benjamin serves as the SVP Entertainment Business Affairs & Operations of IMAX Corporation. She was previously the COO & Head of Business Affairs at Covert Media. Prior to that, Linda was the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs at Relativity Media for six years where she was a critical contributor to some of Relativity’s most significant and complex film and television deals, including its groundbreaking ventures in China and India, output partnerships, expansive music library, and international co-productions.

Jack Friedman Secretary is the founder of Study Smart Tutors, where they provide college preparation services to students who were traditionally underserved.  In addition to his role with Study Smart Tutors, Jack is a co-founder of Educational Gaming Services and Advanced Employment Group, which offers adults with unique abilities pathways to sustainable careers. He also serves as the Board Chair of the Youth Business Alliance.

Avram Mandell Founding Director is a leader in the Jewish education world and has twenty years of professional experience in a variety of Jewish settings, including youth groups, summer camps, and synagogue schools. He is the former Director of Education at Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, California and Temple Beth El in San Antonio, Texas. Avram holds a Master of Arts in Jewish Education (MAJE) from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Miami University. He was named the 2016 RHSOE Alumni-in-Residence Educator for Hebrew Union College. In addition to expertise in teen engagement and life-long learning, Avram brings many of his passions to Jewish education, including camping, improvisational comedy, music, and service. A published author and frequent speaker on a variety of topics in education, Avram is married to Abby Fifer Mandell, MAEd, Executive Director of the Society & Business Lab at the USC Marshall School of Business, and is the proud father of Shai and Bo.

Michele Bollinger has worked in the field of oncology for the past 20 years, providing consulting and management services to cancer centers, hospitals, hospitals systems and physician practices across the United States and internationally.  Her experience includes strategic planning, developing feasibility studies, facilitating physician-hospital transactions, conducting market and program assessments, facility planning as well as program development and marketing.  She served as Vice President at Aptium Oncology from 1998 through 2011, with responsibility for developing new business relationships, leading large-scale consulting projects, and managing the Company’s corporate marketing and public relations efforts.  Bollinger received an MBA with Honors from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s Degree from UCSD. 

Simonne Moss is a full-time school psychologist for the Los Angeles Unified School District and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. A Los Angeles native and 1999 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Simonne started as a public school teacher in 2002 working in the LAUSD through Teach for America, while she concurrently earned a teaching credential and M.A. in Elementary Education.

Elizabeth Saiger Elizabeth Saiger is a systems thinker and organizer. Professionally she works in academic operations in the field of Education Reform and is currently the Director of Academic Operations at Ednovate Charter Schools, a network of high performing charter high schools. She is active in her synagogue IKAR and in organizing parents events at her children’s schools. She loves making connections and learning and was part of the Avodah Professional Fellowship as well as the NewGround Fellowship. She met her husband at Camp Ramah as a counselor and they have 3 children – Manya, Phineas and Avra.

Karen Wagener has touched all corners of Los Angeles with her many years of service as President of both the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation and the Los Angeles Police Foundation, and as Executive Director of the City’s Volunteer Bureau. Her commitment to youth programs and public outreach campaigns have made a tremendous difference in the city’s landscape. Her career has also included working with the UCLA Alumni Association, the Peace Corps, and an executive search firm.  She serves on the Board of Directors of Tzedek America and the Board of Trustees of Leo Baeck Temple.

 

Steven Weinstein Board ChairSteven Weinstein Board Chair spends his days as CEO of Seismic Capital Capital, an early-stage tech investment firm based in Los Angeles that he and his partners created to democratize venture investing in young companies. Over his adult life, he has worked in many capacities – journalist, marketing executive, technology manager, CEO – and he has always taken the long view towards making things better. Because he believes so strongly that things can and should be better and fairer, he spends his evenings and weekends helping social justice organizations including Tzedek America, which he joined before its formation, to strive for a fairer world.