Jeffrey Swartz (Chairman)
Jeff, co-founder and chair of MAOZ served 15 years as CEO of Timberland (NYSE: TBL), a global brand of footwear and apparel. While at Timberland, Jeff incorporated a social agenda within the business agenda—he led public private partnerships with several social change organizations, including City Year, where he served as chair for 10 years, and as a board Share Our Strength, the Harlem Children’s Zone, and the Climate Group. In 2011 Jeff led the sale of Timberland to the VF Corporation. Since then, he invests all of his professional energies to advance sustainable socio-economical change aimed to have real impact in Israel and the US. Jeff holds an MBA from Dartmouth University (1984) and a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University (1982). Jeff lives in Boston and Jerusalem. He is married to Debbie and they have three married sons and a growing number of beloved grandchildren.
Yodfat Harel Buchris
Yodfat is a managing director at Blumberg Capital, based in Tel Aviv. Yodfat is an experienced investor and board member with a track record in management, business development, marketing and strategic planning in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Yodfat ran her own investing and consulting business. Previously, she was managing director of Tamares Capital Ltd, a large international private investment fund with holdings in technology, media, manufacturing and real estate. Earlier, Yodfat served as corporate director and head of the medical and venture capital groups at Orbotech LTD, a world leader in automated inspection for printed circuit boards and panel displays. She also previously served as managing director at Harel-Hertz Investment House Ltd. managing investment and business development for Japanese and Israeli corporations and as chief advisor to ITX-Corporation, a leading Japanese electronics conglomerate listed on NASDAQ Japan. Yodfat serves on the board of directors of Israel Discount Bank and serves as an industry representative on the National Labor Court. Yodfat earned her executive MBA from Bradford University School of Management in Great Britain and her B.A. in communications and political science from Bar-Ilan University. She has also completed advanced programs in director studies, mediation, advertising and marketing.
Doron manages a group of family-owned international companies that specialize in rental of logistic sites and seaports, leasing construction-lifting equipment and investments.
Doron is a tireless social entrepreneur who focuses on education and long-term infrastructure projects such as Shanti House, Ayalim, Sapir Academic College, Matan Israel, Lishma Program, Or Association, 2048, Nalaga’at Center, Bialik Rogozin School and Peres Center for Peace (a program focusing on Palestinian children and physicians). He is the co-founder of Tovanot B'Hinuch – Insights in Education, the Weiss-Livnat center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa, "Access for All", the robotics program in Yeruham as well as many others.
Doron is also involved in social initiatives in Brazil, India, Africa and in the Netherlands, and an active member of the board of many social organizations, including MAOZ in which he is a co-founder.
Doron holds an academic degree in economics, international commerce and logistics from DAV Bremen in Germany and is a graduate of the senior executive course (O.P.M) at Harvard Business School.
Doron was awarded an honorary doctorate by Haifa University.
Doron is a co-founder and a senior partner at "Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz" law firm. Doron has over 25 years of commercial and corporate law experience working with international companies, both as in-house and outside counsel. At present, Doron serves on the advisory board of EMM Investments in New York and is a member of several boards of directors of technology companies. He is active in 8200 Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support Program which promotes entrepreneurship and innovation among alumni of elite units of the IDF and is a mentor for the Microsoft Accelerator program in Israel that assists selected startup companies in the IT and software fields. Previously, Doron worked as an in-house attorney for Kansas Power & Light (KCPL), specializing in joint ventures and technology-related investments. He also served as an advisor at Shook, Hardy & Bacon Company in Kansas City, Missouri, as an in-house attorney at Elbit Ltd, a leading international contractor in the defense field, and as the Chair of the Aktiva Holdings BV, a Dutch private investment fund. Doron graduated from the Middle Temple Law School, London. He lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Yael and three children.
Debbie is active in a variety of non-profits where she works to build strategic capabilities and to advance social impact. In addition to MAOZ, she invests time in Israeli and American organizations that focus on hunger, poverty, education, and Jewish identity. Formerly a member of the board of CJP, the Jewish Federation of Greater Boston, Debbie focused on leadership development and chaired their signature program Acharai from 2015-16. She has an extensive track-record in the education field including serving as the board chair of PEJE: The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, a national organization which supported and promoted Jewish day school education in North America; as the chair of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston; and as a member of the development committee of the Maimonides School in Brookline, Massachusetts. Debbie divides her time between Boston and Jerusalem. She is married to Jeff and they have 3 sons, 3 daughters-in-law, and 3 grandchildren and counting!
Scott is a general partner at Battery Ventures, a firm he first joined in 1997. He leads investments in the United States, Israel and Europe. Scott has focused on a variety of deals at Battery, including venture- capital and private equity investments in sectors including enterprise infrastructure; materials science; application software; business services; media; and financial services. Scott has been named multiple times to the Forbes Midas List, which ranks top venture capitalists from around the world. He graduated with honors from Brandeis University with a BA in International Relations and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. He and his wife are proud parents to 5 wonderful sons.
Until recently Aiman was the head of the Authority for the Economic Development of Minorities in the Ministry or Social Equality. During his decade tenure, Aiman led development processes of unprecedented magnitude. In addition, he was responsible for implementing governmental decisions including strategic and organizational planning, the establishment of an advisory committee for authority, advancement of the establishment of the authority etc. Aiman also advanced a variety of economic projects such as a private equity fund for the private sector, projects promoting women's employment, the establishment of Kav Mashve (employment opportunities for Arabic speakers, employees and academics) joint venture, the opening of vocational counseling centers, the creation of MATI – the Galilee Business Development Center, and aid to potential investors. In the Knesset, Aiman advocated legislation of an authority for the economic development of minorities and represented the authority in conferences and in the various committees that are related to the economic development of the Arab society. Aiman holds a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from Bamberg University and a master's degree in international planning and development from Clark University, USA.
Yael is the Chairwoman of the Bar Lev High Tech Park that is being built in the Western Galilee that will provide quality employment opportunities for some 5000 residents of the area. Yael is also the founder and chair of the Moshal Scholarship Program that provide scholarships to 1,000 students with an alumni network in Israel and in South Africa. The students in the program come from challenging socioeconomic backgrounds and study for a degree that will enable them to earn a respectable living. Yael established and managed a private investment firm in London that focused on real-estate and finances. Earlier on, Yael worked for 17 years for Bank HaPoalim where she served as VP of the Switzerland offices of the bank (6 years), and held a number of management positions including managing the bank's platinum division. Yael holds a bachelor's degree in economy and an MBA with a specialty in financing from Tel Aviv University. Yael has three daughters and she lives in a village in the Sharon region.
Emeritus Board Members
Orna Barbivai is a Major General in the Israel Defense Forces and the former head of its Manpower Directorate. She was the first woman to be made Major-general (Aluf), the IDF's second highest rank. Growing up in a family of eight children in Afula, Israel, Barbivai is the daughter of Tzila, a Jewish immigrant from Iraq, and Eli Shochetman, a Jewish immigrant from Romania. She was drafted into the IDF in 1981 and has spent her entire career as an officer in the Manpower Directorate. Barbivai holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences and Humanities from Ben Gurion University and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Haifa University. She is also the graduate of the "Turn-point" administration course for senior military officials. Barbivai was the first female to hold the IDF positions of Chief Adjutant Officer of a Command, Chief Adjutant Officer, Head of the Ground Forces' manpower section and head of the Individuals' Sector in the Manpower Directorate. On 26 May 2011, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved her appointment as head of the IDF's Manpower Directorate, replacing Maj. Gen. Avi Zamir. The promotion of Barbivai, a mother of three, to the rank of Major General was praised by Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni who said that "there is no rank that is too heavy for a woman’s shoulders, and there is no doubt that Brig.-Gen. Barbivai was appointed because of her talents."
Prior to completing his civil service, Yacov was Israel’s Deputy Civil Service Commissioner, a position he served for ten years. During his tenure, Yacov was responsible for some of the most significant reforms in the civil service to date. Previously, Yacov served as Senior Vice President in the Ministry of Health and in a number of senior roles in the IDF within the field of human resources, among them as Adjutant Officer of the Northern Command and as Head of Human Resources of the Combat Forces (GOC Army Headquarters). Yacov was discharged with the rank of Brigadier General. Today Yacov is involved with a number of organizations connected with public service, creating training and leadership programs that will develop the next generation of Israel’s public leaders. As such he currently sits on the boards of MAOZ, Cadets for Public Service and Kriat Kivun. Yacov holds a B.A from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a Master's degree with distinction in Political Science from Haifa University and is a graduate of the National Security College (of the Israel Defense Forces). Yacov and his wife Agi have two boys and six grandchildren and live in Herzliya.
Michal Cohen served as Director General of the Education Ministry for four years, and previously filled different managerial roles in the public service, most recently as the Ministry's Senior Deputy Director and Director of the Pedagogic Administration. During the course of her professional career, she has led significant, large-scale pedagogic and structural reforms and innovative initiatives. Michal holds an MA degree in education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a diploma in Organizational Consultation for Education Systems from Tel Aviv University, as well as MA in Law from Bar Ilan University. She serves as General Director of Rashi from September 2017.
Eli is a Businessman and social activist, alumnus of the Chevron Yeshiva; holds a BA in Talmud and Jewish history from the Hebrew University. Since 1990 he has served as owner and publisher of Mishpacha Media Group, which targets the Haredi sector and publishes weekly magazines in Hebrew and in English, with distributorship throughout the Jewish world. In 2014 he established the Paley Family Foundation in memory of his father Yehuda Paley. The Foundation supports and promotes institutions and social initiatives in the Haredi community. He is also a member of the Jewish Funders Network and is active in several philanthropic organizations. He is Founding Chairman of the Haredi Institute for Public Affairs, the first Haredi research institute of its kind, which endeavors to promote systematic, professional dialogue on social policy issues relating to Haredi society. Since its establishment the Institute has recruited key players from the intra-Haredi professional ranks and leading academics, alongside a team of Haredi and secular researchers with expertise in a variety of disciplines. The Institute works in collaboration with various government ministries to advance work plans and policy documents in a variety of fields. The Institute is funded mainly by the Paley Family Foundation and with the assistance of various philanthropic partners.
Dr. Yoav Heller, CEO
Yoav recently returned from four years in London where he completed his PhD in History from the University of London, Royal Holloway College Holocaust Research Institute. While in London, Yoav also lectured in History, served as an advisor to various local Jewish organizations and was the Director of the “Israel Connect” European Young Leadership Program. Prior to that Yoav was the Deputy General Manager at the Branco Weiss Institute where he was responsible for executing large scale educational projects and working with government agencies including the Ministries of Education, Absorption and Welfare and a number of large philanthropic organizations.
Yoav was a Senior Editor at YNET, Israel’s largest online newspaper, is an experienced tour guide for Jewish groups in Poland and was the Chairman of the national student campaign to reduce university tuition in the late 1990’s. Yoav received his M.A. in Management and Education and B.A. in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from Tel-Aviv University, is a Reserve Officer in an elite Air Force combat unit and lives in Tel-Aviv with his wife and two children.
Adv. Michal Lehner, CFO & COO
Dr. Liat Basis,Chief of staff
Sigal Kanotopsky, VP Resource Development
Osnat Meron, MAOZ ECHO Director
Amit Persiko, MAOZ Network Manager
With extensive experience in government, Amit joined MAOZ to manage the Network. Amit is trained as an attorney and holds an LLM (cum laude) and a LLB in Law and International Relations (cum laude), both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Immediately prior to joining MAOZ, Amit worked in the Ministry of Education where he served as the Senior Professional Advisor to the Minister of Education and the Chief of Staff to the Chairman for the Council for Higher Education. Amit was responsible for developing and implementing higher education policy for the Ministry and served as the liaison between the Ministry and other government offices. Earlier in his career, as Professional Advisor to the Minister of Economy, Amit oversaw issues related to employment and advanced of special needs populations. Before that Amit served as Chief of Staff for the chairperson of the Public Utilities Authority. After receiving his law degree, Amit practiced international law for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked as a legal clerk to Deputy Supreme Court President Salim Joubran. Amit interned with Deputy Supreme Court President Justice Hanan Melcer. Before, he interned in Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co. Advocates, and at the Office of the President of the United Nations’ The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Over the years, Amit has volunteered in a variety of roles including offering pro-bono legal representation, supporting at-risk youth, and working as a tour guide, journalist and a member of the HUJI Law Students Association. Amit lives in Mazkeret-Batia with his wife Dikla and their children Yonatan, Tamar and Yoav. In his free time he likes to cook and travel.
Aharon Karish ,Employment Joint Venture & MAOZ Fellows Program Manager
Aharon manages MAOZ Fellows and the Employment Venture. The latter is a joint venture of MAOZ and the Ministry of Labor and Social Services designed to address the acute challenges of the Israeli employment market. The Fellows program which Aharon also manages trains and connects a network of values-driven, professional, mamlachti leaders in senior positions. Beforehand, Aharon was a facilitator in the Fellows program.
Prior to that, Aharon was a teacher, a high school principal and served as VP of organizational development and strategy at the AMIT educational network. In this capacity, Aharon established AMIT's 6-year high school in Ma’ale Adumim. He set up the school with 80 students and 10 faculty members and when he left, the school boasted 400 students and 70 faculty members. As VP, Aharon was responsible for all of the strategic processes in the network, inter-managerial work and the organization's evaluation and measurement.
Aharon holds an MBA with a focus in integrative management from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition, he holds an LLM with a specialization in the study of conflict resolution and mediation as well as an LLB, both from Bar-Ilan University.
Aharon is married to Elisheva and father of Simha, Noa, Tzofnat, Maiki, and Nitzan. In his free time, he competes in Iron Man tournaments and volunteers with children in AMIT's bikeguide program.
Hadas Lahav, Storytelling Director
Hadas built and manages MAOZ storytelling department that works to document and tell Network's members' change-stories. Hadas has 18 years of experience as a Journalist. She served as the deputy editor-in-chief of the Yediot Aharonot daily newspaper and as deputy editor of Ynet.co.il. Hadas has engaged in a number of social initiatives designed to alter perception using the media, including in "Olim BeYahad" media venture designed to change perceptions about persons of Ethiopian origin; integration of Arab journalists in the media and strengthening their reach in the social media; and in the "Nivheret" project to double the number of women running for office on the municipal level. Hadas holds a bachelors degree in law and political science from Tel Aviv University and an LLM (Cum laude) from Bar Ilan University. Hadas lives in Ramat Hen with her children Yonatan and Ofri.
Hila Ganor Schindel, VP Knowledge & Strategy
Arit Ansbacher, ADVOT Joint Venture Manager
Shimrit Bainhorn, Accelerators Manager
Hadas Bracha-Kleider, INBAR Joint Venture Manager
Efrat Darf, HR & Organizational Development Manager
Dr. Gila Melech, Director of Measurement, Evaluation and Learning
Malak Msalha, Admissions & Recruitment Manager
Ella Ringel, MAKOM Joint Venture Manager
Philanthropic Investors and Partners
- Dr. Yair Schindel
- Yotam Dagan
Governmental Partners and Philanthropic Foundations
- Ministry of Interior
- Ministry of Health
- Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Justice
- One8 Foundation
- Klarman Family Foundation
- Schusterman Foundation
- Maimonides Fund
- UJA Federation of New York
- Russell Berrie Foundation
- Rothschild Caesarea Foundation
- Friend Family Foundation
- Morris Family Fund
- Aronson Family Foundation
- Lion Family Foundation
- Azrieli Foundation
- Fisher Family Foundation
- Gutwirth Foundation
- Paley Family Foundation
- Anonymous Foundation
Philanthropic Investors - Individuals
- Swartz Family
- Terrie and Brad Bloom
- Marianne and Doron Livnat
- Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine
- Barbara and Ed Shapiro
- Jennifer and Scott Tobin
- Tracey and David Frankel
- Sarah and Mark Zimman
- Dan Farb
- Jessica and Chuck Myers
- Rom Company
- Harley and Eli Ungar
- Mordechai Rosenberg
- Rivka Saker and Uzi Zucker
- Ellen and Steve Segal
- Samantha and James David
- Benny Levin
- Benny Schnaider
- Itzik Danzinger
- Yodfat Harel Buchris & Pinchas Buchris
- Ongi and Danny Ungar
- Beth and Larry Greenberg
- Linda and Michael Frieze
- Hagit and Oren Zeev
- Alan Schall
- Christine and Robert Small
- Jen and Jon Block
- Alyssa and Gregory Pool
- Jessica and David Aronoff
- Joseph Gitler
- Jonathan Koshitsky
- Elizabeth and Dan Jick
- Heather and Adi Rabinowitz
- Mike Rashes
- Sam Wilderman
- Seth Finkelstein
- Ben Bloomstone
- Lori and Matthew Sidman
- Debra and Eitan Milgram
- Sarah and David Nanus
- Erez Ofer
- Ben Abram
- Pamela and Meir Ukeles
- Rafi Musher
- Jeff Kupietzky
- Ilan Rubinstein
- Barbara Hellen and Phil West
- Adam Suttin
- Wil Rukin
- Kevin Waldman
- Steve Krichmar