Yael is a Program Officer on the Schusterman Family Philanthropies – Israel team, where she manages grants and special projects.
Born in Switzerland and raised in Israel, Yael grew up in Tel-Aviv to parents from different countries (one Swiss, the other Israeli), leading to her great interest in Israel’s image and Israel’s relations with the world. Yael served as National Director of IAC Act-IL, a project aimed at making Israel activism innovative and accessible to communities in North America. At Act-IL, she established the Media Rooms project, forming its strategy and work plan, and led its implementation in seven states, before becoming Act-IL’s national director. As part of her role, Yael relocated to New York for a year and a half. Using her background as a counselor in the Israeli Scouts (Tzofim), the IDF, and as a Jewish Agency shlicha (emissary), Yael taught and developed seminars and courses on social activism, digital mobilization, and community building for a range of audiences – high-school to adults.
Yael has a Bachelor of Arts in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy from the Raphael Recanati International School of the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya (IDC).