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Board of Directors

The AU Hillel Board of Directors is composed of dedicated alumni, parents, faculty, students, and community members.  The Board oversees Hillel's operations, sets policy, engages in strategic planning, and ensures that Hillel has adequate resources to carry out its mission. Board members for the 2017-18 year are:

Dr. Louis Goodman, President

Lou Goodman served as the Dean of AU’s School of International Service from 1986 to 2011 and continues as a member of the SIS faculty.  Under his leadership, SIS grew to become the largest school of international relations in the United States.  In addition to his AU duties, Lou is Chair of the Academic Program Sub-Committee of the Schwarzman Scholars Program and is a board member of the Nelson Rockefeller Institute for Public Policy at Dartmouth College.  He previously taught at Yale University and directed the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  Lou was elected President of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs and has served on the boards of the American University of Nigeria, the Institute for World Affairs, the Washington Office on Latin America, the Inter-American Defense College, and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. 

Rachel Weiner Cohen ('05, JD '08), Vice President

Rachel Weiner Cohen is a counsel in the litigation department at the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.  She joined the firm in 2011 after clerkships with the U.S. District Court for New Jersey and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Rachel received her BA from the AU School of Public Affairs and her JD from AU's Washington College of Law, and she was selected as the student speaker for both of her AU commencement ceremonies.  She currently serves on the American University Alumni Board.

David Manchester (’07), Treasurer and Past President

David Manchester is a doctoral student at Brandeis University, where he works as a research analyst at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies.  He previously worked at Blackboard Inc. and at Hadassah.  Before leaving Washington in 2013, David played leadership roles with Sixth and I Historic Synagogue and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Young Leadership division.  

Dr. Erran Carmel

Erran Carmel is a full professor in the Department of Information Technology at the Kogod School of Business.  He served as the interim Dean of the Kogod School from 2014 to 2016, during which time he facilitated the launch of several new academic programs.  He is the author of three books and more than 100 articles, reports, and manuscripts.  Born and raised in Israel, Erran received his BA from the University of Carlifornia at Berkeley, his MBA from UCLA, and his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. 

Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny (’08)

Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny currently serves Temple Beth Am, a Conservative synagogue in Los Angeles.  She completed her rabbinical ordination and cantorial investiture at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2014.  Hillary graduated from American University with a BA in Jewish studies and a minor in vocal jazz performance.  She was deeply involved with AU Hillel as a student, playing a variety of leadership roles including co-chair of the First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH) program. 

Nancy Duber (’82), Past President

Nancy Duber is a distinguished leader in the American University alumni community and the Washington area Jewish community.  In addition to serving as the President of AU Hillel, she sits on the boards of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and B'nai Tzedek Congregation (MD), and she co-chairs the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Lion of Judah campaign.  Nancy previously served on the Hillel International Board of Directors and on the Cornell Hillel board.  She and her husband Marc, an AU Trustee, have three sons and recently became grandparents.  

Ben Goldstein ('18)

Ben Goldstein is an environmental science and philosophy double major who grew up in North Carolina.  His academic work and internships focus on the intersection between computer science and climate change.  Ben is the vice president of AU's co-ed a capella group, Dime a Dozen.  He was active in NFTY (the Reform youth movement), has worked for Washington Hebrew Congregation, and has been involved with Hillel in a variety of ways during his time at AU.

Lauren Lebovitz

Lauren Lebovitz is a Jewish community leader based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  She serves on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) National Women's Philanthropy Board, also representing the latter on the board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.  She co-founded Yozma, a special track of the Nativ Israel gap year program designed to meet the needs of students with cognitive and social challenges, and she currently serves as the chair of that program's advisory council.  Lauren is the parent of an AU sophomore.
 

Craig Saperstein (JD ’08)

Craig Saperstein is a senior associate in the public policy practice of Pillsbury, an international law firm.  He previously worked as policy adviser for the campaign of U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) and as a legislative aide to former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC).  Craig serves on the board of the North Carolina Society of Washington and is an active member of the young alumni development committee for his undergraduate alma mater, Duke University.  

Les Ulanow

Les Ulanow successfully operated a recycling business for 30 years.  After selling his company, he has provided executive training in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.  Les serves on several boards and is a speaker for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) program, "Parents and Teachers as Allies."  A graduate of UC - Berkeley and the University of Maryland, he is a long-time activist in the Washington Jewish community.  Les is the father of an AU senior.

Amanda Warshaw ('20)

Amanda Warshaw is a public relations and strategic communications major from New Jersey.  She serves on the executive board of the Jewish Student Association and as an AU Ambassador and tour guide.  Amanda is a member of the Phi Mu sorority and is involved with the AU Photo Collective.


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