Director of Operations, SIGNAL - Sino Israel Global Network & Academic Leadership
Keren hails from Oakland in the Bay Area of California. She made aliyah seven years ago and lives in Jaffa. Keren’s journey to Israel began with an encounter that took place during her B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley. The San Francisco Federation recognized Keren’s leadership role in the face of daily, violent, anti-Israel demonstrations on campus and selected her for the 2002 Haas Koshland Award. Keren used the Award to pursue a year-long fellowship at the United Nations in Israel. That experience made Keren realize she needed to develop advocacy skills - to advocate for Israel - and fueled her decision to complete a second degree at Cornell Law School, to clerk for the Israeli Supreme Court, and to start off her career at one of the top-ten-ranked law firms in New York, Kirkland & Ellis, where she spent three years conducting litigation and negotiation. Equipped with training and education, she moved to Israel. As the director of an initiative funded by Texas A&M University, she has built a vibrant, committed network of Arab sector leaders and developed leadership training to integrate this sector into the advanced workforce. Previously, she directed the American Jewish Committee's Israel office and AJC's Project Interchange Institute. Outside of work, she is a MAOZ alumni, a member of the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung Israeli-Palestinian Business Leaders Forum, a founding member of the Young Affiliates of the Beit Hatfutsot Museum and an advisory board member of MIRSHAM.