Liron Shoham is Executive Director of the Inter Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues where she oversees Task Force strategy and operations including member engagement, education, outreach and communications.
Liron joined the IATF as Communications Manager in 2012 and became Associate Director in 2016. Prior to the IATF, 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 was as part of Major Gifts and Foundation Relations at the American Friends for the Weizmann Institute of Science. Born in Israel, raised in the US, Liron has a lifelong interest in cross-cultural coexistence. She holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from Bradford University in England and a BA in Anthropology and Arts-Semiotics from Brown University, and has trained in community dispute resolution, non-violent communication, restorative justice and cross-cultural dialogue facilitation.
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Ilan Fathi Amit
Content Expert and Israel Representative
Ilan joined the IATF as Israel Representative in 2020. Ilan has has over a decade experience in the field of socio-economic development as 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 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. During his academic work, Ilan resided in the Netherlands and travelled internationally for fieldwork, focusing on refugees and asylum seekers. Ilan has lifelong experience and commitment to Jews and Arabs' mutual existence through community development and the promotion of a shared society. Ilan is married with two lovely children and currently resides in Jerusalem. Contact: [email protected]
Educational Programs and Resources 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]
Summer is an Organizational Consultant and Trainer with expertise in Financial Management and Resource Development and has over two decades of experience in consulting, managing and leading complex initiatives and projects. In the past three years Summer developed and managed Al-Bashaer Excellence and Leadership, at the Hebrew University. A program for East-Jerusalemite students studying at Hebrew University. Prior to that, Summer worked at Shatil, NIF for ten years providing consulting, guidance and training to Israeli and Palestinian board members, directors, and staff members on a variety of organizational and Financial issues. Prior to Shatil, Summer worked for ten years at the Abraham Initiative and filled various positions as a manager of a large scale national initiative, grants’ coordinator and resource development coordinator. Summer is also an experienced Group Facilitator for process, as well as, task oriented groups, multicultural teams and groups in conflict and works with joint Israeli Palestinian groups on a variety of topics. Summer holds an M.A. in Linguistics from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2008), and a B.A. in French and English Literature and Linguistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2001). She also holds certificates in conflict transformation and peacebuilding from the School for International Training in Vermont, USA and in Group Facilitation from Neve Shalom / Wahat Al-Salam School for Peace, Israel. Contact: [email protected]
Alisa joined the IATF as the Program and Communications Coordinator. She previously worked as a journalist for Mako, a major news organization in Israel, most recently as the homepage editor. Before that, Alisa served in the IDF spokesperson’s unit. Alisa has also spent years as a production manager with Testimony Theater, a program which brings together Holocaust Survivors and Israeli youth to create a play based on the survivors' stories. Alisa is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at Columbia University, majoring in History and Religion. Contact: [email protected]