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shanel melamed, executive director

Coming from a background of Public Diplomacy, Shanel accepted the position of Executive Director in 2016 and has since been leading the organization into a new, productive era.

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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.

roxanne houman, program manager

An alumna of the Maher Fellowship's 3rd cohort, Roxanne continued her involvement with 30 Years After as it's Program Manager. She also volunteers her time as the Resident Historian of the Legacy Project.


Board of Directors


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.


rachel sumekh

Rachel an alumna of the inaugural class of the Maher Fellowship in 2014. She is the Founder & CEO of Swipe Out Hunger. The organization is a leading force in addressing hunger amongst college students. Her work has been recognized by The Obama White House, The New York Times and has landed her on the Forbes “30 Under 30” list.




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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.


megan nemandoust

Megan is an alumna of the Maher Fellowship 2015 (Cohort 2) and a second-year Valuation Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Megan chairs 30 Years After’s Legacy Project, which aims to collect video testimonials of Iranian-Jews that fled Iran in the wake of the Iranian Revolution. Megan holds a Master of Accounting from USC and an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

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miriam eshaghian

Miriam is currently a third year Pharm.D. Candidate at the USC School of Pharmacy. She first joined 30 Years After in 2014 when she served as a fellow in the inaugural class of the Maher Fellowship. Upon graduation, she aspired to continue her work within the Iranian-American Jewish community and joined the Board of Directors in 2014.


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.


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.


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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jonathan kohanoff

Jonathan is an alumnus of the Maher Fellowship 2016 (Cohort 3) and a business and commercial lender to entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout Los Angeles and nationwide. He is involved with a number of LA-based Jewish organizations in participant, advisor, and board member roles. These include the LAJ Program, The American Friends of C.E.C.I. (Citizens Empowerment Center Of Israel), Children’s Uniting Nations, and AEPi Mentorships. He is always looking to contribute, connect, and learn.


katrin malakuti

Katrin is a founder of 30 Year’s After and chair of its Community Affairs Committee, which she has been leading since 2009.  As a clinical psychologist, she has worked with the underserved and homeless population of the greater Los Angeles area. She has spoken at the United Nations, presenting her research on cultural stigma, and she currently sees patients in private practice for therapy and neuropsychological testing. Katrin frequently writes regarding mental health issues for the Skribe Magazine.


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. 



rebecca bolour

Rebecca joined the Board of Directors in 2012 and enjoys being a leader in the Iranian Jewish community.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA, and her Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School.  She also served as a fellow in the inaugural class of the Maher Fellowship in 2014.


tabby davoodi

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.



Sandy recently graduated from Nursing School and now works at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as an Orthopedic Nurse. She previously graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelors in Biology, where she started her journey exploring Jewish life on campus. Sandy is also an alumna of the Maher Fellowship 2014 (Cohort 1).