Staff

Yehuda NeubergerChairman
Nathan DiamentExecutive Director
Maury LitwackDirector of State Political Affairs
Jennifer PackerDirector of Communications
Dana Sicherman Director of External Relations
Miriam Harmer Director of Congressional Affairs
Jake AdlerPolicy Director - New York
Arielle Frankston-Morris Director of Field Operations, New York
Yosef KanofskyDirector of Government Programs
Josh PruzanskyRegional Director – New Jersey
Ariella NoveckNorth Jersey Field Director
Melissa KatzAdministrator

nathan-diamentNathan J. Diament, Executive Director

Nathan J. Diament is the Executive Director for the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center, where he develops and coordinates public policy research and initiatives on behalf of the traditional Jewish community. Nathan has testified before congressional committees and works closely with members of both political parties to craft legislation addressing religious liberty issues, education reform, family friendly social policies and life issues. In 2009, Nathan was appointed by President Obama to serve as one of 25 members of the President’s Faith Advisory Council. He is a co-editor of Tikkun Olam: Social Responsibility in Jewish Thought and Law (Aronson Press, 1997) and the author of articles and essays on issues including religion and state, constitutional law, social policy and international affairs. His writing has been featured in law journals as well as publications including The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Times, The Forward, and The Jewish Week and he has been a guest on CNN, FOX News, NPR and other broadcast media. He is an honors graduate of Yeshiva University and the Harvard Law School. back to top

maury-litwackMaury Litwack, Director of State Political Affairs

Maury Litwack directs a state-by-state plan for political action and advocacy in the OU’s many communities around the country, with a principal focus on seeking greater government support for Jewish day schools and their families in order to address the acute education affordability challenge the Orthodox community is facing. In his prior role as National Deputy Director, Maury helped lead the OU’s federal advocacy efforts on key issues while working to mobilize and teach communities the importance of active civic engagement. A recognized advocacy expert and author of The Capitol Plan, a comprehensive Washington advocacy strategy, Maury has worked with elected officials, municipalities and the OU on major aspects of their federal and state agendas during the last eight Congressional sessions. Maury’s thoughts on Washington politics are regularly quoted and have appeared in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Politico and Forbes. Maury has been a contributor to a number of media outlets including the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Fox News, Orlando Sentinel, The Bergen Record, Business Insider and The Hill. back to top

Jennifer Packer Jennifer Packer, Director of Communications

Jennifer Packer is the Director of Communications for the OU Advocacy Center, overseeing communications efforts including media outreach, strategy, marketing and developing materials and initiatives to advance the organization’s advocacy efforts. Jennifer has led public relations and media activities for organizations such as The Israel Project, where she worked with high-level Israeli diplomats to provide briefings to journalists and served on the front lines in Israel to deliver critical information to the press during the disengagement from Gaza and the Second Lebanon War. Jennifer has also worked as a journalist, serving as a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News. She holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. back to top

Dana SichermanDana Sicherman, Director of External Relations

Dana Sicherman joined the OU Advocacy team in August 2015 to serve as the Director of External Relations and to help OU Advocacy in its mission to secure greater funding for the Jewish community, specifically to address the education affordability challenge facing Jewish families across America. Drawing from a decade of Jewish communal service, Dana spearheads OU Advocacy’s efforts to actualize their mission of promoting and protecting the Jewish communities interests and values in the public policy arena. Prior to joining OU Advocacy, Dana worked for NCSY doing institutional advancement. Prior to NCSY, Dana served as the Director of Aish on Campus in Washington, DC. She is also a founding board member of the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project. Dana holds a degree in international relations from American University’s School of International Service. back to top

Miriam_Harmer_photoMiriam Harmer, Director of Congressional Affairs

Miriam Harmer joined the Orthodox Union in March of 2015 as the Director of Congressional A Miriam Harmer joined the Orthodox Union in March of 2015 as the Director of Congressional Affairs. She works closely with members of Congress, their staffs, and other advocacy groups to promote the OU’s interest in energy, education, Israel, and religious freedom issues. A veteran of four presidential campaigns, Miriam has spent much of her professional career with the United States House of Representatives and Senate. As a Hill staffer, Miriam was a Legislative Assistant for Representative Rob Bishop, Counsel for Senator Bob Bennett, and most recently a Legislative Counsel for Senator Mike Lee, where she advised him in his position on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Prior to her time on the Hill, Miriam clerked in the office of Utah’s Attorney General and with the law firm of Oldaker, Biden & Belair. back to top

Jake Adler_croppedJake Adler, Policy Director, New York

Jake Adler joined OU Advocacy in September 2013. In his role, Jake works with elected officials on the state and local level to raise awareness of the needs of the New York Jewish community. Prior to joining OU Advocacy, Jake worked for New York City Councilman David G. Greenfield, where he worked his way up to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff. In this capacity, Jake managed the Council member’s budget portfolio and the budget operations of the Brooklyn delegation, assisting the Councilman and the delegation in securing millions of dollars in government funding for communal nonprofits, yeshivas and charitable organizations. He is a graduate of Touro College. back to top

arielle-frankston-morrisArielle Frankston-Morris, Director of Field Operations, New York

Arielle Frankston-Morris works to increase Jewish political engagement in New York and develops communal support for important legislation. Arielle is responsible for engaging with school and synagogue leaders, supporting community members as they meet their legislators. Arielle graduated from Yeshiva University’s Stern College with a B.A. in English Literature and received her M.S.W. from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. back to top

 

Yosef KanofskyYosef Kanofsky, Director of Government Programs

Yosef Kanofsky is the director of government programs for OU Advocacy-Teach NYS. He has been with the OU since September 2014. In his role, he assists schools with accessing vital government resources and educational programs. He helps schools navigate through eligibility requirements, consults with schools on how to maximize what they receive from public resources, and advises schools on educational planning and professional development. Prior to working with the OU he worked exclusively for Teach NYS, assisting yeshivas with federal title programs. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Brooklyn College Graduate School of Education back to top

josh-pruzanskyJosh Pruzansky, Regional Director, New Jersey

Josh Pruzansky works with local and state legislators to raise awareness and advocate for the issues that are important to the New Jersey Jewish community. In 2013, Josh successfully secured $1.4 million in technology aid and $200,000 in nursing aid for Jewish day schools. Josh has been involved in Jewish communal work for more than 20 years, beginning his career as the Executive Director of the Yeshiva of the Telshe Alumni in Riverdale. Prior to joining OU Advocacy, Josh served as the New Jersey State Director at Agudath Israel, where he cultivated a relationship with the state’s political leadership in a bi-partisan fashion and successfully became a fixture in the State House. He has served as the Chairman of the Non-Public School Advisory Committee at the Department of Education and was a member of the Non Public Education Funding Commission, appointed by Governor Jon Corzine. back to top

Ariella NoveckAriella Noveck, North Jersey Field Director

In her role as field director, Ariella Noveck works to increase Jewish political engagement in North Jersey and to develop communal support for important legislation. Ariella is responsible for leading missions to Trenton, organizing key events, engaging with school and synagogue leaders, as well as providing support for community members as they meet their legislators. Prior to joining the OU, Ariella worked at various television networks, including CBS, CNN, ABC, CNBC and Bloomberg Financial News, and helped produce many live programs. Ariella graduated from Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms Schools of Business. back to top

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Melissa Katz, Administrator

Melissa Katz is the Administrator of OU Advocacy, located in Washington, D.C., providing high-level administrative support to the OU Advocacy Center. Prior to her joining the OU, Melissa spent nine years as the office manager and principal’s assistant for a Jewish day school in Maryland. She has gained a variety of skills from prior work experiences, including 12 years as owner and manager of Mail Boxes Etc., and conference and administrative expertise from working with small organizations. back to top