NEXUS Class of 2022

Federation’s Next Gen is pleased to introduce the NEXUS class of 2022! This year’s dynamic and diverse class of professionals will come together for an eight-session program to enrich their leadership abilities. Each session will feature distinguished community leaders, define the skills and tools leaders require, and inspire our participants to put their enhanced leadership into action to benefit the Greater Washington Jewish community. Join us in congratulating the next generation of future leaders and changemakers!

Program Participants 

Hadar Arazi

Hadar Arazi

Originally from Weston, Florida, Hadar currently serves as a scheduler on Capitol Hill. Prior to her current role, she worked on political campaigns in New Jersey and Florida. A proud University of Florida alum, Hadar has a background in political outreach and advocacy, and enjoys creating opportunities for others to get involved in the political process. Hadar is also active in Jewish Women International where she serves on the board of the DC Chapter of the Young Women’s Impact Network. In her spare time, Hadar enjoys exploring DC, trying new recipes, traveling, and cheering on the Florida Gators!

Eliana Brown

Eliana Brown

Eliana grew up in Northern Virginia and moved back to the area in 2015 after graduating from Colgate University. She currently does content programming for The Athletic, a subscription-based sports website under The New York Times. Previously, she served as the internal communications coordinator for Hillel International in Washington, DC. She is honored and excited to be part of the NEXUS Class of 2022!

Greg Feitel

Greg Feitel

Greg is the Assistant Director of Camp Achva and School Age Services at the Pozez JCC of Northern VA. Previously, from 2012 – 2020, he worked in the Camp and Preschool Departments at the EDCJCC. He is a Fairfax native and spent his childhood summers as a camper attending both Camp Achva and Camp Airy, an overnight camp; and during the school year, he attended the Pozez JCC’s Before- and After-School (BASE) program. When not working, he spends as much time as possible outdoors, hiking and camping, avidly reading, or with his pup Rebbe.

Sarah Fredrick

Sarah Fredrick

Sarah is the Northern Virginia (NoVA) Community Manager with GatherDC, where she supports 20- and 30-somethings across NoVA as they engage with their community, explore Judaism, and learn more about themselves and their Jewish identities. A native Virginian herself, Sarah is passionate about building Jewish community in NoVA. When she’s not on the clock, you can find Sarah playing her cello, reading, or out for a run or hike.

Jacob Goldberg

Jacob Goldberg

Jacob is from Oceanside, NY and has a BS and an MSE in Applied Mathematics from SUNY Geneseo and Johns Hopkins University, respectively. He is a Data Scientist for Kiavi, one of the nation’s largest lenders to real estate investors. As a member of the Risk Team, Jacob assesses risk in all areas of the company—predicting the timeline of a property flip, the market activity in a given city or region, and the likelihood of a borrower repaying on time. When not creating data-driven solutions, Jacob spends his time playing roller hockey, reading, and volunteering as a crew leader with Habitat for Humanity.

Jonah Gordon

Jonah Gordon

Jonah is a veteran of the Jewish day school/summer camp scene where he learned about the value of the Jewish community and is looking forward to building on that with NEXUS. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland where he studied business and the Hebrew language. By day, Jonah works as a data analyst at Oracle; by night, he can be found performing improv in DC or searching for the best bakeries in the area.

Nora Greenstein

Nora Greenstein

Nora grew up in Washington, DC and recently returned to the area, working at Schusterman Family Philanthropies to help build inclusive, accessible, and relevant Jewish communities. A Wolverine through and through, Nora completed her MSW and BA in Psychology at the University of Michigan. During this time, she connected not only with the wonders of Ann Arbor, but with a vibrant and meaningful Jewish community that motivated her to dedicate her career to creating inclusive and joyful Jewish spaces for all who want them. Nora is passionate about social justice and loves outdoor adventures, especially with her husband and their puppy, and hopes to someday hike through every national park in the United States. When not working, Nora can be found trying to find the best bagel in the DC area or testing out a new ice cream recipe.

Olivia Hazlett

Olivia Hazlett

Born and raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts, Olivia moved to Washington, DC after graduating from the University of Michigan in 2020. She currently works at Maryland Hillel as the Springboard Social Justice Fellow. In her free time, she enjoys playing the New York Times Daily Mini, reminiscing about her time aboard Semester at Sea, and trying her hand at new Home Chef recipes.

Jared Kassoff

Jared Kassoff

Jared is a founding member of Resolution Capitol Management where he is responsible for overseeing business development efforts, the management of strategic partnerships, and daily operations. Jared also serves on the Acquisitions Team of affiliate company, KIK Investments. Prior to working with Resolution, Jared was an Assistant Vice President at KeyBanc Capital Markets on the Institutional Equity Sales and Trading desk, co-covering REIT dedicated institutional investors. There, he was tasked with marketing REIT equity research products, trading capabilities, and capital markets transactions to the world’s largest real estate investment managers including hedge, mutual, pension, and sovereign wealth funds. Jared graduated from St. Andrews Episcopal School in Potomac, MD before attending Syracuse University where he obtained a BS. While working at KeyBanc he earned an MS Science in Real Estate Finance from Fordham University.

Meredith Leon

Meredith Leon

Meredith is from downtown Chicago and has been living in Washington, DC since 2019. ​She works for a boutique Democratic digital media firm, where she helps run online advertising programs for candidates and organizations. She loves being active and outdoors, and can often be found playing soccer, kickball, or jogging on the Mall. Meredith has a BA in Political Science from the University of Southern California.

Justin Leopold-Cohen

Justin Leopold-Cohen

Justin is originally from New York City and currently works as a homeland security analyst for ABS Group in Northern Virginia where he provides strategy guidance and program management and conducts research on multiple security issues. Justin has a BA in history from Clark University, and an MA in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Between college and graduate school, he served in the Israel Defense Force’s Nahal Infantry Brigade, where he was involved in military and counter-terror operations and was ultimately discharged as a sergeant. Justin is passionate about research on emerging national security threats and governance challenges and has written on security issues for multiple outlets and academic journals. He is excited to join the next NEXUS class and become more involved with the Jewish community. In his free time, he enjoys being with his wife Jamie and their rescue dog, Dobby.

Ethan Litvin

Ethan Litvin

Ethan moved to the DC area in January 2020 after receiving his MA in Nonprofit Management at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is currently the Volunteer and Intern Coordinator for SEEC-Seeking Employment, Equality, and Community for People with Developmental Disabilities, a nonprofit in Silver Spring, MD. Prior to working for SEEC, he held various professional and volunteer roles at Hillels and Federations in Ohio and Virginia. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and live music. He is currently a Moishe House Without Walls Host and plans monthly programs for Jewish young adults at his home in Silver Spring. He is very excited to join the Nexus 2022 cohort and is ready to help create a strong and thriving Jewish community in the DC area.

Amy Orlov

Amy Orlov

Amy is an attorney and first-year litigation associate at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher in Washington, DC. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Amy is a life-long mid-westerner and attended the University of Michigan for undergrad. She moved to DC over three years ago to attend The George Washington University Law School, where she was an editor of The George Washington Law Review and President of the Moot Court program. Amy has held many Jewish leadership positions including high school youth group, Hillel, and the GW Jewish Law Students Association. In her free time, Amy enjoys debating politics, following Big Ten sports, and watching reality television. Amy credits the Jewish Federation for her existence after her parents met on a Federation Israel trip more than 30 years ago!

Noa Silverstein

Noa Silverstein

Growing up in West Hartford, CT, Noa has been involved in many Jewish organizations throughout her life. She attended Jewish day school through age 12 and actively participated in her synagogue and USY. She has been involved with AIPAC since high school and, while in college at UConn, served as campus liaison for four years. She was also very involved with Hillel. After graduating in 2019, she moved to Washington, DC to work for AIPAC’s political department. She has worked there for the last 2.5 years and is looking forward to becoming a lay leader. Noa recently joined the family business, Page Four Media, which focuses on national print strategy media campaigns. In her free time, Noa enjoys being outside, boating on Lake Sunapee, and being with friends. She is looking forward to getting involved with the Jewish community in Washington, DC.

Amy Singer

Amy Singer

Amy grew up in Baltimore, MD and moved to Washington, DC in August 2020.  After graduating from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2018, Amy spent two years as an AmeriCorps NCCC Team Leader. She did direct service work in California, Oregon, and Washington state and on projects with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in DC, Texas, and Saipan. She now works at FEMA Headquarters. Amy was an active member of the UVA Hillel community, where she founded a Jewish women’s monthly discussion group. In her free time, she enjoys baking new recipes, running, and exploring new places with friends and family. She is excited to get more involved with the DC Jewish community.

Molly Turk

Molly Turk

Molly moved to Washington, DC in June 2021 from her home state of North Carolina after receiving her BA in Communication Studies from UNC Greensboro. While earning her degree, she found her passion for community building, fostering belonging, and working for justice. She currently works as an Event Support Specialist for the Metro DC Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In her spare time, she loves to cook, bake, and spend time outside. She is very excited to be joining the NEXUS 2022 program to continue making meaningful connections and get more deeply involved in the local Jewish community.

Josie Villanueva

Josie Villanueva

Josie is Vice President of Fulcrum Public Affairs, leading the firm’s healthcare policy practice. Previously, she was a Biden Administration political appointee serving as Counselor to the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) Secretary, Xavier Becerra. Prior to HHS, Josie served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Representative Steven Horsford (D-NV), and as advisor to Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL). Josie holds a BA from Butler University and lives with her dog, Archie in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Washington, DC. In her spare time, she enjoys hot yoga, trying new recipes, and going to shows at the Kennedy Center.

Rachel Wilensky

Rachel Wilensky

Rachel was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota and moved to Washington DC in 2011 to pursue her undergraduate studies at The George Washington University. After earning her BA, Rachel spent three years working on Capitol Hill and then moved to Boston for graduate school. Rachel returned to DC in 2020 and currently works in education policy. Rachel now lives in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood with her husband Nick and their dog Lulu.