Ian Kandel is originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, but currently lives in Washington, D.C. His Jewish identity was formed by family stories of their involvement in the establishment of the State of Israel and from his participation in his local youth movement. He graduated from the George Washington University (GW) with degrees in political science and Judaic studies. While there, Ian spent a semester at Tel Aviv University. On campus, Ian was involved in a variety of organizations and student government roles, but his Jewish communal involvement centered on Israel advocacy. Following GW, he joined BBYO and has been with BBYO ever since, in positions at both the local and international levels. He currently serves as the Director of AZA/BBG and the Teen Movement. Last summer, Ian received an M.B.A. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a degree in Jewish informal education from Hebrew College. Having traveled to more than 25 countries, he craves any chance to go abroad. Ian also enjoys extreme sports, soccer, being outdoors, politics and photography. Through the platform available at BBYO, Ian is working alongside colleagues and allies in the global Jewish community to reinvent the concept of the youth group to make participation in Jewish life for teenagers enticing, relevant and fulfilling. By leveraging secular partnerships, popular culture, Jewish content, celebrities, globalization, new tactics of youth empowerment and collaboration to inspire a culture of innovation, he is hoping to halt and reverse the apathetic attitude the majority of Diaspora Jewish youth have regarding communal participation, primarily in North America. Over a four-year period, Ian grew BBYO’s Washington D.C. area program from the involvement of 600 Jewish teens to over 4,000 Jewish teens. He is currently working to implement similar strategies with stakeholders around the world to see if comparable practices will also increase participation in other countries. BBYO is a pluralistic organization that seeks to impact as many Jewish teens as possible regardless of affiliation or observance. With a goal of reaching 70,000 Jewish teens by 2016 (32,000 are currently engaged), this campaign requires every bit of creativity, risk and imagination that can be gleaned from the community-at-large.