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Bill Bernstein
 William (Bill) Bernstein
 Executive Director

Bill Bernstein comes to JWW from the Liberty Hill Foundation, where he served as Chief Development Officer.  Prior to his tenure at Liberty Hill, Bernstein held the positions of Senior Vice President, Executive Vice President, and President and CEO at a number of Jewish Federations across the United States. He also served as the Assistant Dean of Development at the University of Maryland School of Law, and Major Gift Director of RAND Corporation. Bernstein received his B.A, summa cum laude, from Montclair State University and his Masters of Social Work from Rutgers University. Over the course of his three-decade career, Mr. Bernstein has held senior management positions at a range of Jewish and social justice organizations, earning a national reputation as a uniquely talented and passionate non-profit professional. He brings significant leadership experience and extensive knowledge of the national non-profit landscape to JWW.

Mr. Bernstein has received numerous awards for his work in the non-profit world, including the 2009 Benjamin Mandelkorn Outstanding Professional Achievement Award from the Association of Jewish Community Organization Professionals.


Mike Brand
 Mike Brand
 Director of Policy and Programs

Mike Brand joined the JWW team in April 2015 as the Director of Policy and Programs. Mike is an atrocities prevention and human rights professional with over eight years’ experience in policy, advocacy, organizing and informal education. Throughout his career Mike has worked for various NGOs in the US, Rwanda and South Sudan. He holds a Master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University and BA’s in History and Political Science from the University of Connecticut. Mike authored “Preventing Mass Atrocities: A Three Pronged Approach to Comprehensive Prevention” which was featured in the Journal of International Service, has been published in The Hill, and has engaged in countless speaking engagements. Mike was a 2010 Jewish Service Corps fellow where he spent a year living and working at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Carl Wilkens Fellowship and was a 2011 Fellow. Born and raised on Long Island and having spent time in DC, Mike is new to the West Coast and is looking forward to avoiding the harsh winters.


Liz Braun
 Elisabeth “Liz” Braun
 Advocacy Manager

Liz, a graduate from UC Berkeley, decided to take her English degree and go down the most obvious path: genocide activism. Since starting at JWW in September 2009, she has served in a variety of capacities. Under her current position, she writes, facilitates JWW’s advocacy campaigns, maintains a dialogue with local congressional representatives, and more.


Amy Friedman Cecil
 Amy Cecil
 Walk and Community Development Director

Amy joined JWW professionally as Walk Development Director after many years as a devoted volunteer, event docent and SAC volunteer facilitator. She has primary responsibility for each of the Walk to End Genocide events, but is also involved in and passionate about all of JWW’s fundraising and awareness building.

Before attending American Jewish University (AJU) to obtain a MBA in Nonprofit Management, Amy practiced law for more than 27 years and taught elementary school for LAUSD. She is a partner in the philanthropic organization Los Angeles Social Venture Partners, co-chair of the 2012-13 AJU Women’s Lunch & Learn program, and taught a seminar in business writing skills for AJU MBA students in Spring 2013.

Amy and her husband, Tom, a partner in the Encino law firm Lewitt Hackman, have two amazing sons, Max and Zachary.


Candace Hernandez
 Candice Hernandez
 Administrative/Accounting Assistant

Candice Hernandez has over 10 years in administration and bookkeeping experience working with non-profits in Los Angeles and New York. She graduated with a B.A. in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, NY, however, decided to go down a different path and work in the non-profit field to help others.


Jessica Hirt
 Jessica Hirt
 Director of Partnerships and Engagement

Jessica Hirt joined JWW in August 2015 as the new Director of Partnerships and Engagement. Jessica is looking forward to getting to know the wonderful supporters of JWW and build lasting relationships in the Los Angeles community and beyond. Jessica has over 10 years’ experience in non-profit and for profit organizations in the areas of public affairs, communications and professional development, both in the United States and Europe. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Augsburg, Germany and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics-Business from Agnes Scott College, Georgia.


Hannah Mandel
Hannah Mandel
Youth Engagement Coordinator

Hannah Mandel joined the JWW team in September 2015 as the Youth Engagement Coordinator. Hannah came to JWW after completing an AmeriCorps VISTA year of service at Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, working on a federal initiative started by Vice President Biden and Aviva Sufian with Holocaust Survivors in the Los Angeles area. Not only has Hannah become an advocate for the survivor community, but she also worked with foster youth in Dependency Court, acting as their representative, as well as mentored at-risk youth. Hannah has her B.A. from Occidental College in English and Comparative Literary Studies, with a Religious Studies Minor, and she is a proud past president of Occidental Hillel. As a native Angelino, Hannah is excited to continue working with local schools and congregations along with our fellows across the nation.


Jan Snider
 Jan Snider
 Chief Operating Officer

Jan not only assures our office runs smoothly on a day to day basis but also has helped JWW effectively streamline its operation. In 1985, Jan and her husband Doug started one of the nation’s first Interconnect companies, which they owned and operated for 25 years. Jan is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts. Jan and Doug, along with their children Zach and Aleah, are active members of Congregation Kol Tikvah.