Yehuda NeubergerChairman
Nathan DiamentExecutive Director
Maury LitwackDirector of State Political Affairs
Miriam Harmer Director of Congressional Affairs
Roslyn SingerDirector of Communications 
Jake AdlerPolicy Director - New York
Arielle Frankston-Morris Director of Field Operations, New York
Josh PruzanskyRegional Director – New Jersey
Ariella NoveckNorth Jersey Field Director
Daniella LazarCentral and South Jersey Field Director
N. Aaron TroodlerRegional Director – Pennsylvania
Karen Paikin Barall, Regional Director – Maryland 
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

Miriam_Harmer_photoMiriam Harmer, Director of Congressional Affairs

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

roz-singerRoslyn Singer, Director of Communications

Roslyn Singer serves as the Director of Communications for the OU Advocacy Center. In this position, she oversees and directs all marketing and communication efforts for OU Advocacy, including media outreach, materials and collateral development, internal communications, web site management and social media. Roz comes to OU Advocacy with a background in both for-profit and non-profit PR/communications and has worked with several Jewish organizations on messaging and outreach. Prior to joining OU Advocacy, Roz served as director of external relations for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and as an account director with Steinreich Communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. 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


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

Daniella_Lazar_low-resDaniella Lazar, Central and South Jersey Field Director

Daniella Lazar works to increase Jewish political engagement in Central and South Jersey and to develop communal support for important legislation. She 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 Advocacy-NJ team, Daniella served as Public Affairs Assistant with OU Advocacy-NY. Prior to joining OU Advocacy, Daniella worked at AXA-Advisors, a financial advisement firm. She is a graduate of Yeshiva University Stern College, where she held leadership roles on campus and coordinated advocacy opportunities, including AIPAC involvement within the university community. back to top

aaron_troodlerN. Aaron Troodler, Regional Director – Pennsylvania

Aaron Troodler joined OU Advocacy in July 2015 as the Pennsylvania Regional Director. A veteran of state, county, town, and village government, Aaron is an attorney who has extensive experience in public policy matters, politics, and strategic communications. Over the years, Aaron has served in various governmental and advocacy roles, including Chief of Staff to a member of the New York State Assembly, Legislative Director of the Sephardic Community Federation, Legislative Counsel to the Rockland County Legislature and Assistant to the Chair of the Legislature, and Assistant Town Attorney in the Town of Ramapo, NY. He received his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was named a Dr. Samuel Belkin Scholar, and he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Yeshiva University. back to top

karen-barallKaren Paikin Barall, Regional Director, Maryland

Karen Paikin Barall joined OU Advocacy in January 2014 as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director. In her role, Karen manages OU Advocacy’s efforts in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Prior to joining OU Advocacy, Karen served as Director of Maryland Government and Community Relations for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, where she organized the agency’s state and local legislative efforts, secured millions of dollars in state and local funding, and developed and executed successful grassroots advocacy programs. Before joining the JCRC, Karen served as a politically-appointed foreign affairs officer in the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and as Special Assistant for Community Affairs to New York Governor George Pataki. Karen has an extensive background in Jewish communal service and grassroots activity where she has actively served in leadership roles to encourage community activism. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Lander College for Women of Touro College. back to top


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