Professional Team

Liron Shoham

Executive Director

Liron joined IATF as Communications Manager in 2012, became Associate Director in 2016, and Executive Director in 2019. Today, Liron oversees implementation of IATF vision, mission, and strategic expansion as it becomes a trusted professional resource center on Arab society in Israel for growing numbers of major North American Jewish organizations. Prior, Liron was Director of Operations for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's (HGF) New York office. This was her second role as Jewish professional; the first with American Friends for the Weizmann Institute of Science as part of Major Gifts and Foundation Relations. Born in Israel, raised in the US, Liron has a lifelong interest in cross-cultural cooperation and learning. She holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from Bradford University in England, a BA in Anthropology and Arts-Semiotics from Brown University, and is part of the 7th cohort of Schusterman Fellows. Liron lives in Long Island with her husband and daughter. Contact: [email protected].

 

Ilan Fathi Amit 

Israel Representative and Content Expert

Ilan joined the IATF as Israel Representative in 2020. Ilan has over a decade of experience in the field of socio-economic development as a department and program director in Arab-Jewish NGO's focusing on the Arab – Bedouin society of the Negev and the Southern West Bank Palestinian communities. Ilan has lifelong experience and commitment to Jews and Arabs' mutual existence through community development and the promotion of a shared society. Ilan holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from The University of Amsterdam and an M.A. in Urban Planning from The Ben Gurion University in Israel. Ilan resided in the Netherlands during his academic work and travelled internationally for fieldwork, focusing on refugees and asylum seekers. Ilan is married with two lovely children and currently resides in Jerusalem. Contact: [email protected]

 

Shahira Shalaby

Content Expert and Field Representative 

Shahira joined IATF in 2022 as Context Expert and Field Representative. She is on the Haifa City Council and previously served as Deputy Mayor. Shahira brings her dynamic experience as a civil and community leader dedicated to improving the lives of Arab citizens of Israel. Shahira has held several key managerial roles at numerous social service organizations and was involved in the establishment of the Hiwar School for Alternative Education in Haifa. Previously, Shahira directed Shatil’s Shared Society Department, and she co-founded Kayan, the first Palestinian feminist organization in Israel. Shahira holds an M.A. in Religious Studies and a B.A. in Social Work. She is a trained group facilitator and trainer specializing in dialouge, conflict, and conflict resolution. Contact: [email protected] 

 

Erica Shaps (she/her)

Educational Programs Manager

Erica Shaps is the Program and Resources Manager at the Inter Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues. In this capacity, she develops educational opportunities and written resources for Task Force Members. Erica has spent most of her career in Israel and has consulted and conducted research for diverse local and international organizations. She worked as a Middle East Program Coordinator for Encounter where she planned programs to help cultivate more informed and constructive Jewish leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Previously, as a Fellow at the Joint Distribution Committee, Erica supported employment programs for vulnerable communities in Israel, including Arab citizens of Israel. She is a trained facilitator and mediator. Erica received her BA from Brandeis University in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies and an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in International Law and Diplomacy as a Wexner Fellow. Contact: [email protected]

 

Miranda Hellmold Stone (they/xe/ze) 

Programs and Operations Coordinator 

Miranda joined IATF as Programs and Operations Coordinator in 2022. They were a 2022 Gilda-Slifka Intern at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, and the 2021 summer Marketing Intern at Los Angeles Review of Books. Miranda received their B.A. from Smith College in Jewish Studies (honors). At Smith College, Miranda wrote an honors thesis on desertion and agunot in the United States during the age of mass migration. Their writing has been published in New Voices Magazine and Los Angeles Review of Books. Contact: [email protected] 

 

Tova Reznicek

Writer and Program Associate

Tova brings more than a decade of professional experience working with cross-cultural initiatives for Arabs and Jews with a focus on public health challenges that span political divides. She holds an MA in Arabic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where she researched the representation of Arab citizens in Israel’s public sphere. As a Fellow at the American University in Cairo, a research fellow at the Center for Near East Studies at Harvard University and a Katherine Davis Fellow for Peace at Middlebury College, she expanded her research interests to include political economy and US policy in the Middle East. Contact: [email protected]