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
Ann Davis is an experienced leader and advisor in Atlanta and nationally. Ann recently left the AIPAC National Board of Directors after many years of service; she remains active with AIPAC both locally and nationally. Among her current roles she is on the board of the Davis Academy, Atlanta’s Reform Jewish day school, and sits on the Atlanta Birthright steering committee. professorships in Jewish Studies. Ann and her husband, Jay, are both graduates of the Wexner Heritage Program and are proud to have endowed the program. Ann has taken on leadership roles at Georgia State University and at the University of Georgia, where she and her family have endowed two professorships in Jewish Studies. When not engaged with her leadership, Ann enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.
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 is the founder/CEO of GovPredict, a fast-growing, Washington, D.C.-based firm that deploys high-tech tools to assist elected officials, corporations, advocacy groups and political organizations in being most effective in the policy and political spheres. 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.