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Since joining APN in April 1997, Debra DeLee has worked tirelessly to promote American support for peace in the Middle East. Debra has traveled to the Middle East on numerous occasions on behalf of APN and discussed peace process issues with various Israeli and Arab leaders, including heads of state. Prior to joining APN, Debra was selected by President Clinton to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the 1996 Democratic National Convention, held in Chicago. In 1993, she served as Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and was appointed DNC Chair by President Clinton in November 1994. Preceding this, Debra served as the Director of Government Relations for the National Education Association, serving as its Chief Lobbyist and the Director of the NEA Political Action Committee, the third largest political action committee in the country at that time. Debra also served as the Special Assistant to former Senator Bob Graham during his first term as Florida Governor in the late 1970's.
As a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer, Lara Friedman served in Jerusalem, Washington, Tunis, and Beirut (and briefly in Khartoum). Widely recognized as an authority on U.S. policy in the Middle East, Congress and the Middle East, Israeli settlements, and Jerusalem, Lara meets frequently with Members of Congress and congressional staff, Administration officials, foreign diplomats, and other members of the foreign policy community. She is a trusted resource for journalists and policymakers, and regularly publishes opinion and analysis pieces in the U.S. and Israeli press, including at the Times of Israel, Huffington Post, Newsweek/the Daily Beast, The Forward, Haaretz, and LobeLog. She also works closely with the Jerusalem expert Danny Seidemann and has participated in Track II peace efforts, including the Jerusalem Old City Initiative. Lara has a BA from the University of Arizona and a Master's degree from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. She speaks French, Spanish, Arabic, and rather poor Italian.
Ori Nir became the spokesman of Americans for Peace Now following a 24-year career in journalism, which was mainly focused on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Ori covered Palestinian affairs for Ha'aretz Daily, Israel's leading newspaper (1986-1990; 1994-1996) during the early years of the first intifada and through the implementation of the first phases of the Oslo Accords. Later, he covered Israel's Arab minority for Ha'aretz, (2000 to July 2002). Ori also covered the diplomatic efforts to advance Arab-Israeli peace. As the Washington correspondent of Ha'aretz (1990-1994) and of The Forward, America's largest and most influential independent national Jewish weekly newspaper, he focused on US Mideast policy. Ori earned a Master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also taught journalism (1997-2000). His Bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern history and Arabic literature is from Jerusalem's Hebrew University. Ori is fluent in Hebrew and Arabic.
An experienced pulpit rabbi and teacher, Rabbi Alana Suskin has for years taught and written on classical Jewish texts and their potential for peacemaking. Rabbi Suskin was the Assistant Rabbi at Adas Israel, Washington's largest Conservative synagogue. She served many years on the board of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. She is a Managing Editor of Jewschool.com, a leading Jewish faith blog, and is a founding fellow of CLAL's project, Rabbis Without Borders. She is a contributor to several other blogs including Jewish Values Online and MyJewishLearning, and has worked with and served on the boards of a variety of social justice organizations, including American Rights at Work (now Jobs With Justice) and Jews United for Justice. Rabbi Suskin has published articles in a variety of magazines, journals and anthologies, including The Daily Beast, Sh'ma, The Jerusalem Post, and Lilith. In addition to ordination and a Master's of Rabbinic Studies from AJU in Los Angeles, she also has a Master's degree in Philosophy from the University of Maryland.
Aaron joined APN in 2012 and has since led the organization's campus outreach efforts. He has organized events at colleges around the United States while building APN on Campus, a vast database of online resources. A former APN intern, Aaron was also Dr. Yoram Peri's Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies. He was previously the Israel and International Affairs intern at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, and he wrote his Master’s thesis on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Aaron has also been published in Open Zion/The Daily Beast and The Jerusalem Post; he has a BA in Political Science and a Master's degree in Public Policy.