Jeff Mendelsohn is the founding Executive Director of Pro-Israel America. Jeff brings years of legislative, political and organizational experience, having served as chief of staff for two Texas members of Congress for a dozen years. During his ten-plus years at AIPAC, Jeff launched and managed the AIPAC Outreach Program which successfully engaged non-Jewish constituencies, including Hispanics, African Americans, progressives, veterans and evangelical Christians in pro-Israel activism.
Board of Directors
Joan Hoffman has been a pro-Israel activist for twenty years. Since 2008 she has been a member of AIPAC’s National Council and was Co-Chair of AIPAC’s Palm Beach, Florida region together with her husband, Peter, from 2015 to 2018. Joan is a founding leader of the AIPAC Palm Beach Women’s Initiative, nurturing and developing women pro-Israel activists and leaders. For many years, she has been a member of pro-Israel political networks both in New England and South Florida. Joan graduated with a B.S. degree in Education from New York University
Michelle Lobel is the Co-Founder of Bryn Pharma LLC and is involved in all aspects of this medical device company that is developing improved rescue epinephrine treatment options. Deeply engaged in community leadership, Michelle currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sinai Akiba Academy where she oversees the Annual Giving Campaign. She has become increasingly involved in pro-Israel political activities and, among other things, helped launch a women’s leadership program in Los Angeles to train women to be more effective pro-Israel political activists. Through her active community service, Michelle has developed a comprehensive network of relationships and public relations expertise.
Jonathan Missner, Board Chair, is Managing Partner at Stein, Mitchell, Beato and Missner, LLP, a leading commercial law firm in Washington, D.C., where he also chairs the Global Practices and Corporate Strategy Groups. Jonathan worked more than ten years at AIPAC, most recently as Managing Director for National Affairs, where he led AIPAC’s strategic planning and managed its expanding network of regional offices and fundraising efforts.
Gail Perl was President of The Women’s International Zionist Organization USA, WIZO, until 2019 having served for the past 8 years. Gail represented WIZO at The Conference of Presidents. She is also a founding member of the AIPAC Women’s Division and current co-chair of the AIPAC Women’s Council and sits on the Board of the American Section of the World Jewish Congress. Gail is actively managing her family Real Estate concerns. Gail graduated with a B.A from Boston University and lives with her husband and three children in Manhattan.
Emil Pitkin holds a BA in mathematics from Harvard and PhD in statistics from the Wharton School, where he now teaches. Emil founded and led GovPredict, a B2B software company in the government relations sphere, until its successful exit to Frontier Growth-backed Phone2Action in 2020. He has been recognized as a Maverick PAC Under 40 leader, serves on the board of the Government Relations Association, and won the Anvil Award as Wharton’s top instructor.
Manuel Rajunov is a partner at the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery where he provides cross-border tax and transactional counsel to US and non-US multinational entities, with a particular focus on inbound and outbound Latin American investment strategies. This includes Israel-based companies on their investments in Latin America, and Latin American-based entities on their foreign investments. Manuel also counsels clients on real estate investments, structured finance transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Manuel is active with AIPAC serving on the National Council since 2012, he is the current chair of the AIPAC Dallas Executive Council (2018-2021), an alumni of the AIPAC Lonnie Kaplan Leadership Institute class of 2019, and the recipient of the 2019 Jon Barkan New Leadership Network Award. Manuel has been married for 21 years to Debbie, and together, they have two children (Abby, 19 and Josh, 16)
Art Sandler is a real estate developer, businessman, and philanthropist based in Virginia Beach, VA. As a former Board Member and Conference Chairman of AIPAC, Art has worked extensively to advance pro-Israel activism. He has served on the boards of major Jewish and community organizations, including the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, the United Jewish Appeal (UJA), the Jewish Agency (JAI), and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Sandler completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Richmond and earned a Master’s degree in Middle East History from the University of Wisconsin.
Seth ‘Yossi’ Siegel is a lawyer, serial entrepreneur, communal activist, and a New York Times bestselling author. His critically acclaimed, award-winning book Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World has been published in 19 languages and is on sale in more than 50 countries. His newest work, Troubled Water: What’s Wrong with What We Drink, sets forth an ambitious agenda for a fundamental rethinking of America’s drinking water system. Other People’s Words: Wisdom for an Inspired and Productive Life will go on sale in May 2021. Seth has long been a community leader, including many years of service as a member of AIPAC’s National Board of Directors. He is widely known by his nickname, Yossi.
Anthony Wanger is a serial entrepreneur and investor with more than two decades of experience identifying and leading successful investments in the digital infrastructure market. Mr. Wanger has managed investments on behalf of several of the world’s leading investors, including Sterling Partners, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Since 1998, Mr. Wanger has identified, developed, financed and sold several largescale data center assets, campuses and networks. Mr. Wanger graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Mr. Wanger earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law where he was named a G. Joseph Tauro Scholar and an Edward F. Hennessey Scholar.