Alona is passionate about creating meaningful change in the world. A native of L.A., she started her career as a litigator at an AM100 law firm. During this time, she volunteered for several local organizations and fell in love with the nonprofit world. Just as she was considering a career change, Alona was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28. After a year of treatments, she decided to take an “apres-cancer” trip and ended up in Israel for seven weeks. In reflecting on her experience with cancer, Alona understood that life is short, and while we cannot control how long we will live, we can control how well we live. She quit her job as a lawyer and moved to Tel Aviv to pursue her dream of changing the world. Alona worked for Shurat HaDin, an Israeli NGO that serves terror victims, and CauseMatch, a social impact startup that helps nonprofits raise funds online. In October 2017, she founded Thrivacious, a community of English-speaking women touched by all types of cancer in Israel, who inspire each other to heal and fulfill their dreams. Last year, she moved to San Francisco in order to marry the love of her life and is excited to continue to grow Thrivacious in Israel and beyond. She recently started a new position as Executive Director of the Hemophilia Foundation of Northern California, which serves families with bleeding disorders. Alona has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law. She loves to sing and cook fancy meals.