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JOSHUA S. BLOCK CEO & President
RALPH GRUNEWALD Chief of Staff
OMRI CEREN Senior Advisor for Strategy
DAVID HAZONY Senior Advisor & Editor, Tower Magazine
STEPHANIE FRIEDMAN Chief Development Officer
MARYBETH LONG Controller
ADAM CUTLER Director for Policy and Implementation
MARCUS SHEFF Executive Director, TIP Israel Office
SHIMRIT MEIR Director, Arabic Media & Editor, Al-Masdar
JOSHUA S. BLOCK
CEO & President
Josh Block is a communications, foreign policy and political strategist involved in national politics and policy for nearly 20 years. A former Clinton Administration official & spokesman at the State Department’s USAID, Block got his start on Capitol Hill in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Democratic politics. A spokesman for the Clinton/Gore and Gore/Lieberman presidential campaigns, Block also worked on House and Senate races, including Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) first campaign for U.S. Senate, the ’96 Presidential Inaugural Committee, and as spokesman at the Ohio Democratic Party.
After nearly a decade on the senior staff of AIPAC, one of Washington’s most respected and effective advocacy organizations, where he was Spokesman and Director of Strategic Communications, Block was appointed Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington D.C., and established a strategic consulting practice focused on the intersection of policy, politics and public affairs for international and US-based clients in the public and private sector.
Block was named by Foreign Policy Magazine to its Twitterati 100 list of the most influential foreign policy experts on Twitter (@JoshBlockDC). When he was appointed CEO and President of The Israel Project, AIPAC President Michael Kassen said, “TIP, as well as the pro-Israel community, will benefit greatly from [Block's] unique ability to shape the debate and educate both policymakers and the public about Israel and the Middle East.”
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Chief of Staff
Ralph Grunewald has over 30 years of experience in the Jewish world as both an executive and a volunteer. In addition to his work with TIP, Grunewald is also currently the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Hillel at the University of Maryland. In the past, Grunewald has served as the Executive Vice President for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Assistant Executive Director for Policy and Program at the American Jewish Committee, Executive Director for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Deputy Special Advisor for Jewish Liaison to President Jimmy Carter.
Grunewald was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. His parents were refugees from Nazi Germany who were able to find safe haven in Ecuador, where they were married; the family subsequently immigrated to San Diego, California.
Grunewald received his Juris Doctor degree from the National Law Center at the George Washington University, where he also earned a Master of Arts degree in Public Affairs. Grunewald received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego, where he graduated with high honors.
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Senior Advisor for Strategy
Omri Ceren oversees TIP’s news monitoring, research, and digital outreach efforts. Ceren appears regularly as a guest analyst on cable and radio news programs, commenting on geopolitical and geostrategic affairs. He is a PhD candidate in Communication at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication.
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Senior Advisor & Editor, Tower Magazine
David Hazony is Editor of The Tower Magazine and Advisor to the CEO of The Israel Project. He previously served as editor-in-chief of Azure, Israel’s leading journal of public affairs, from 2004 to 2007. His book, “The Ten Commandments,” published by Scribner in 2010, was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Hazony’s writing has appeared in The New Republic, Commentary, Moment, the New York Sun, Jewish Ideas Daily, the Jerusalem Post, and The Forward, where he is a Contributing Editor.
A native of Princeton, New Jersey and Brookline, Massachusetts, he is currently based in Washington, D.C., after spending the last two decades in Israel. Hazony received his Ph.D. in Jewish Philosophy from the Hebrew University.
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Chief Development Officer
Stephanie Friedman has held executive-level development positions within the Jewish world for nearly 20 years. Most recently, Friedman led the Washington office of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. She has previously served as the Director of Development at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Jewish Women International; Mid-Atlantic Finance Director & Deputy Director for Community Outreach for the Joe Lieberman for President campaign; National Development Director of the National Jewish Democratic Council; and Campaign Associate at the UJA Federation of Greater Washington.
Friedman is a graduate of Ohio State University, where she received a B.A. in Yiddish Language/Jewish Studies and also undertook M. A. coursework in Yiddish Literature and Folklore.
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Marybeth Long is responsible for all finance, accounting, budgeting, and reporting activities for TIP, both in DC and in Israel. As head of the organization’s Finance department, Long is also involved in supporting financial presentations. Long has three decades of experience in the finance and management arena, including consulting at the National Retail Federation; working as the Director of Accounting at the American Psychiatric Association; Controller at Metropolitan Development LLC; Accounting Manager at Sunrise Living; and Controller at Hines corporation, a major real estate development and management company; as well as in senior finance-related positions for other top corporate and non-profit organizations, including the National Automobile Dealers Association and the Rubber Manufacturers Association.
Long is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of George Mason University.
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Director for Policy and Implementation
Adam Cutler Is responsible for foreign policy issues and analysis, strategic planning, cross-departmental project management and coordination across the organization’s multiple platforms and divisions. He has worked as Political Advisor for the UK Embassy in Tel Aviv, was a Senior Consultant with Ernst & Young, and served the past three prime ministers of Israel at Israel’s National Security Council.
A native of Philadelphia, Adam holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Bar Ilan University and is an IDF veteran.
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Executive Director, TIP Israel Office
Prior to joining TIP six years ago, Marcus Sheff worked as a journalist and media and strategic communications professional in Israel for 20 years, beginning as a political reporter for the The Nation and later as an editor at The Jerusalem Post. He founded a strategic and marketing communications company that became the biggest in its field, working with clients that included government ministries, many of Israel’s Top 20 companies, international publishers and advertising agencies. After selling the company, Sheff worked in international business development and as an executive for a global media organization.
Sheff has regularly appeared on TV and radio, including CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, BBC, Al Jazeera and others. He was a columnist at The Jerusalem Post and has lectured extensively in the US, Europe and Israel. He accompanied President Shimon Peres on his state visit to the West Coast.
Sheff was born in Manchester, UK and studied at Bolton School and the University of Leeds, where he was elected as a full-time leader of the student union body. He was at the forefront of the campaign to stop the banning of Jewish societies at British universities. After graduating and immigrating to Israel, Sheff was conscripted to the IDF, serving as a combat soldier and later, as an infantryman in the reserves. As a reserve officer in the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, Sheff was a prominent spokesperson for the IDF during the second Intifada and the Lebanon War. Today, he trains senior IDF officers in media skills and holds the rank of Major in the unit.
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Director, Arabic Media & Editor, Al-Masdar
Shimrit Meir, the editor of TIP’s Arabic media digital outlet Al-Masdar, is a leading Middle East analyst and longtime journalist with more than 15 years of experience researching and covering the Arab world, Egypt in particular. Fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, English and French, Meir was the Arab affairs correspondent and commentator for Galei Zahal, one of Israel’s top news channels, and worked for both Israeli public television and for Channel 2 News, the country’s largest commercial station. Based in Israel, Meir, in her duties at TIP, works with thousands of Arabic-language journalists across the Middle East and around the world to deliver facts and analysis about events in Israel and across the region.
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