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 Task Force as Communications Manager in 2012 and became Associate Director in 2016. Prior to the Task Force, 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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Hillary Kessler-Godin
Communications Director

Hillary was the Director of Communications of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. She led public communications for the international organization that advocates for Holocaust survivors by negotiating for payments, disbursing funds, recovering assets and allocating grants for social welfare aid. Hillary has a background in public relations and journalism. She holds a MS in Journalism from Columbia University and a BA in English and American Literature from Brandeis University. 
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Avivit Hai
Program Director in Israel

Avivit Hai is the Program Director in Israel for the Inter Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues.  In this capacity she is the "eyes and ears" of the Task Force on the ground, liaising with local players - from government offices to Arab, Jewish and joint NGOs - in order to maintain up to date acquaintance with the field, assisting our members in their missions and educational programs and leading a number of information-sharing and coalition-building efforts.

Avivit joined the Task Force after having initiated and held numerous positions at the Economic Cooperation Foundation (ECF) in Tel Aviv from 1998 until 2008.  Her work involved managing and implementing a wide array of Israeli-Palestinian civil society projects in the spheres of social welfare, education and cross border cooperation. In 2000, Avivit founded and managed ECF's activities on internal Israeli Jewish-Arab issues and between 2002-2005, under the umbrella of the ECF, Avivit has served as the Senior Research Assistant to Shira Herzog, Executive Vice President of the Kahanoff Foundation in Canada, in a large-scale research examining cooperative Israeli-Palestinian civil society activities in the 90s.

Between 2004-2008, while living in Cremona, Italy, Avivit continued her work with the ECF as a project writer, translator and consultant. She has also worked with the Italian Center for Peace in the Middle East (CIPMO) in Milan where she consulted on Israeli-Palestinian and internal Israeli issues. Avivit holds an interdisciplinary MA from Tel Aviv University in Politics, Law and Society, is the author of several publications on Israeli-Palestinian issues and is fluent in Hebrew, English and Italian. 
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Michelle Herrera
Task Force Specialist

Michelle Herrera is the Task Force Specialist at the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues. In her role, she is responsible for coordinating educational opportunities across North America, online communications, and budget management. 

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 their marketing and communication strategies and increasing their 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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Ido Yahel

Ido Yahel conducts research and writing for periodic, in-depth Task Force briefings on central and developing issues in the field.

Ido Yahel is a PhD student in Middle East history at Tel Aviv University. His research focuses on Middle East politics, especially on Israel’s relations with its neighbors and external intervention of one Middle Eastern country into another. Ido has a B.A in Political Science and Middle Eastern studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.A in International Relations from Tel Aviv University. During his M.A studies, he worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was responsible for preparing and coordinating the visiting programs of official guests to Israel.
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Rina Petilon
International Delegation Coordinator

Rina Petilon is the international delegation coordinator at the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab issues. Prior to joining the Task Force, Rina was an executive producer at some of Israel’s leading magazines and social newsletters where she was responsible for the ideation and execution of cross-platform content, production and distribution. There, Rina also coordinated events and sponsorships for the publications' largest advertisers. Rina has extensive experience coordinating cross-departmental teams, with the responsibility of producing time sensitive materials and events under tight deadlines. Before launching a production career, Rina served as a freelance writer and editor for medical, business and law magazines.

Rina holds a BA in Political Science from Tel Aviv University with a major in Women and Gender Studies.
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