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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 2018-19 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 also serves on the American University Alumni Board.

Dr. Erran Carmel, Treasurer

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. 

Stephanie Black ('19)

Steph Black is a women's, gender, and sexuality studies major from the Boston area.  She has been deeply involved with Hillel during her time on campus, including a stint as Hillel's social justice intern.  Steph is also a Peer Health Educator and has held leadership roles with the American Association of University Women and Students to End Abortion Stigma.

Rabbi Scott Bolton ('90)

Rabbi Scott Bolton has led Congregation Or Zarua in Manhattan since 2012.  He previously held senior roles, including Head of School, at Jewish day schools in New York, New Jersey, and Michigan.  Scott received his BA in communications and criminal justice from AU, followed by rabbinic ordination and an MA in rabbinic studies from the Ziegler School in California. During his time at AU, Scott was on the staff of The Eagle, played soccer, and spearheaded Hillel activism around the plight of Soviet and Ethiopian Jews. 

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. 

Max Elton ('20)

Max Elton is a junior from New York pursuing degrees in economics and political science.  He served as the president of Tamid AU, a Hillel-supported club that allows students to develop their business skills by learning about and engaging with the Israeli business sector.  He is a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

Jacqueline Gordon ('12)

Jacqui Gordon is currently the New York Director for the Women's International Zionist Organization (WIZO).  She previously served as a Development Executive at UJA - Federation of New York and as a staff member at BBYO's headquarters.  Jacqui received her BA in communications from AU and her MPA from Baruch College.

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 senior.

Dr. Lisa Leff

Lisa Leff is Acting Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost at AU.  She is a professor of history with a focus on the experience of Jews in France.  She is the author of two books, one of which won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.  Lisa served as the president of the Society for French Historical Studies and is the associate editor of the journal Jewish History.  She was AU's Scholar-Teacher of the Year in 2017. 

David Manchester (’07), Past President

David Manchester is Associate Director of Impact Assessment and Learning at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Greater Boston.  He is also a doctoral student at Brandeis University, where he was 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 was deeply involved with Sixth and I Historic Synagogue and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Young Leadership division.  

Matthew Newman ('19)

Matt Newman is a finance major from the Philadelphia area.  He has served as a Hillel engagement intern, as vice president of the AU Financial Management Association, and as treasurer of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.

Noah Sudow

Noah Sudow is Senior Vice President at Whiteboard Advisors.  He previously served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the Ohio Board of Regents and as Policy Advisor to the Governor of Ohio.  Most recently, Noah was Director of Community Relations and Special Assistant to the President at Hillel International.  He is a graduate of the Ohio State University, where he was deeply involved in Hillel, and lives near AU with his wife and daughter.

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 a recent AU alum.



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