Professional Team

Liron Shoham
Executive Director

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. With a lifelong interest in cross-cultural coexistence, Liron has traveled widely and trained in community dispute resolution, non-violent communication, restorative justice and cross-cultural dialogue facilitation. Born in Israel, raised in the US, Liron is bicultural and speaks fluent Hebrew. She holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from Bradford University in England and a BA in Anthropology and Arts-Semiotics from Brown University. 
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Michelle Herrera
Task Force Operations Manager

Michelle Herrera is the Task Force Operations Manager at the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues. In her role, she works with the Executive Director and program staff to maintain a high-level of organizational knowledge, identify structural efficiencies and support a portfolio of Task Force activities and written communications. 

Michelle joined the IATF in 2018 as the Task Force Specialist and became the Operations Manager in 2020. Before joining the Task Force, Michelle worked with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) on the Resource Development Operations team, overseeing donor acknowledgment and communication, database management, and programming. Prior to that, she worked with The Child Center of NY and Shared Interest, focusing on communications, social media, board coordination, events, and program development; and at BOBO, developing marketing and communication strategies and increasing online viewership. Michelle attended St. John’s University, where she published a paper on minority land ownership and government relations and received a BA in Global History and an MA in Socio-Economic Development with a focus on under-developed minority populations.
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Erica Shaps
Program 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.
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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.
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