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 2016-17 year are:

David Manchester (’07), 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.  

Les Ulanow, Vice President

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.

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. 

Rachel Weiner Cohen ('05, JD '08)

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.

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.  

Dr. Edward Farber

Ed Farber is a licensed clinical psychologist with the Reston (VA) Psychological Center.  He is on the faculty of the George Washington University School of Medicine and is the former chair of psychology at the Ohio State University Pediatrics Department and Columbus Children’s Hospital.  He recently authored the book Raising the Kid You Love with the Ex You Hate. Ed has served on numerous local and national boards, including that of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.  He is the parent of an AU alum and his wife, Dr. Pam Nadell, is the director of AU’s Jewish Studies Program.  

Sasha Gilthorpe (’17)

Sasha Gilthorpe hails from New Jersey and is seeking dual degrees in political science and communication.  She served from 2015 to 2016 as the president of the American University Student Government (SG).  She previously served as SG Director of Student Rights, has been a teaching assistant for courses in comparative politics, and is currently interning for Priorities USA. 

Dr. Louis Goodman

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 has published and lectured widely on a range of international affairs topics including democracy building in Latin America, economic development in Asia, and international affairs education.  He 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. 

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.  

Ariane Schaffer (’17)

Ariane Schaffer is a political science major from New Orleans.  She has held internships on Capitol Hill and in the Office of the General Counsel for DC Public Schools.  She served as a Hillel engagement intern for the past year, traveled with Hillel on Birthright Israel, and previously co-chaired AU Holocaust Remembrance Week.  She is part of the SPA Leadership Program and is an active member of the Delta Gamma sorority.


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