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sam yebri, president of the board

Sam Yebri is the President and Co-Founder of 30 Years After.  An attorney and former Los Angeles City Commissioner, Sam also serves on the board of directors of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and ETTA, and is also deeply involved with AIPAC and the Jewish Federation.

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NATALIE TALASAZAN, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR of 30 years after

Natalie Talasazan has her Masters degree from the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work and Bachelors degree in History from University of California, Los Angeles. Natalie is deeply involved with the Los Angeles Jewish community and has volunteered her time with Jewish organizations such as LeDor VaDor, GoSephardic, AishLA and Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. 

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Arya Donay, director of the Maher fellowship

Arya Donay graduated with a B.A. in International Relations, with an emphasis in the Middle East from UCSB. After graduating, Arya made aliya and moved to Tel Aviv. After finishing his army service in the 932nd infantry battalion of the Nachal Brigade, he worked in educational tourism, the high-tech industry, and managed a restaurant. He’s also an Eagle Scout. After 8+ years in Israel, he’s excited to be back in LA and working with future Maher fellows.

 

Board of Directors

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alan daneshrad

Alan is an alumnus of the Maher Fellowship 2016 (Cohort 3), an attorney and a double Bruin, having received his Bachelor’s and LL.M. (Masters in Law) degree from UCLA. Since graduating, Alan has launched Daneshrad Law, PC, and he has volunteered in various Iranian Jewish organizations. He also enjoys photography, a passion he has held for over 15 years.

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amir ahobim

Amir is a Los Angeles native who works as a Broker in Real Estate. He enjoys cooking anything he purchases at the local Farmer’s Market and reading non-fiction, with his favorite books being The Alchemist and The Gifts of Imperfection. After experiencing the Maher Fellowship in the 4th cohort and having gained the wealth of knowledge and resources of leadership, Amir is excited to be on the board of 30 Years After.

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debbie afar

Debbie was born and raised in Santa Monica. She has seven years of experience working in the fields of nonprofit management and fundraising. She enjoys the beach, yoga, and trying new restaurants. 

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donna maher

Donna is an alumna of the inaugural class of the Maher Fellowship in 2014. She is a digital brand strategist that specializes in helping startup business grow. She holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University and is passionate about empowering women and girls, which she exercises through her passion project @youarebeautifulmovement. Donna also serves as Chair of the Maher Fellowship Alumni Program.

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jasmin niku

Jasmin is a founding member of 30 Years After and has served on the Board of Directors since 2007. Jasmin has been involved with AIPAC for many years and continues to be interested in pro-Israel advocacy and Middle East politics.  She is currently part of the in-house legal team at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Jasmin holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) law school. 

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jason youdeem

Jason is the founder of The Maher Fellowship. He is the Los Angeles Fellows Manager for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Prior to AIPAC, Jason worked at Google and at Relief International, a humanitarian NGO. Jason is a graduate of the UCLA, where he focused on Globalization and Political Science. Jason is a graduate of PresenTenseLA, a social entrepreneurship incubator. Jason is also honored to serve on the Jewish Federation's Young Adult Engagement & Leadership Development Committee.

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Jennifer ahdoot

Jennifer is an alumna of the Maher Fellowship 2016 (Cohort 3) and thrilled to continue her involvement with 30 Years After as a member of the Board of Directors. With East Coast roots, a BS in Political Science from San Diego State (Go Aztecs!) and a career in Digital Advertising at iHeartRadio, she brings a unique perspective to the Iranian Jewish community of Los Angeles.

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jonathan york

Jonathan York is an alumnus of the inaugural Maher Fellowship and the student body president at Stanford Law School. An accomplished photographer, he previously worked at Twitter, Deloitte Consulting, and the US State Department. Jonathan earned his B.A. from Stanford, where he delivered the commencement address.

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Michael yadegaran

Michael is a founding board member and former Executive Vice President of 30 Years After. Michael has served his community in various leadership roles over the past decade; he currently practices law and lives in Los Angeles. 

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tabby refael

Tabby is a co-founder of 30 Years After and its former Executive Director. She has served in the realms of Jewish community non-profit and pro-Israel advocacy for over 12 years, and lectures regularly regarding the state of Iranian Jews, American-Iranian relations, and the Iranian-American Jewish diaspora. Tabby also writes on matters relating to the Iranian-American Jewish community for The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.

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michelle moreh

Michelle is an Account Executive at Miller Ink, a strategic communications and PR agency. Previously, Michelle served as Director of Academic Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, where she oversaw multi-faceted partnerships between the Consulate and universities and think tanks throughout the Southwest United States, and managed the visits of senior Israeli dignitaries to academic institutions. Michelle is an American-Iranian, born and raised in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied Political Science and Psychology. Michelle speaks Spanish, Farsi, and Hebrew. In her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with family.



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David Kohan-Ghadosh

David Kohan-Ghadosh is founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based Emurgent Consulting. David graduated magna cum laude from UCLA, with a major in political science and a minor in Middle Eastern and Near Eastern Studies. In addition to being a Pi Sigma Alpha Honoree and a Golden Key Honoree, he is also the recipient of the prestigious UCLA Chancellor’s Service Award. David has won first place in numerous hackathons and similar challenges, including the API Days Hackathon, the CSNI UCLA Inventathon, the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge and the UCLA Inventathon. David’s hobbies include hiking, meditation, and yoga.