The David Project Staff

 
 
Phillip Brodsky, Executive Director Phillip Brodsky became Executive Director of The David Project in July of 2014 after serving four years as The David Project's Campus Director. As Campus Director, Phil oversaw the development and implementation of The David Project's new Israel advocacy strategy of Relational Advocacy. In that time, The David Project has grown its work from 12 campuses to 50 schools across the country and is now working with hundreds of Israel advocates who are reaching thousands of non-Jewish campus leaders. Phil joined The David Project in June 2010 after graduating from the Hornstein Heller Graduate Program at Brandeis University. Phil believes that every student has the potential to make a difference for Israel and the world. A cornerstone of the programs and trainings that he has designed is teaching participants leadership and community building skills to be successful now and in the future.  Before earning his MBA and Master's in Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis, Phil was the director of Jewish programming for Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity for three years. In that position, Phil taught student leaders how to organize successful philanthropic programs, bring Jewish enrichment programming into their chapters and talk about Israel within the fraternity and sorority community.  Phil graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005.  pb@davidproject.org (617) 428-0012 x 700

Phillip Brodsky, Executive Director

Phillip Brodsky became Executive Director of The David Project in July of 2014 after serving four years as The David Project's Campus Director. As Campus Director, Phil oversaw the development and implementation of The David Project's new Israel advocacy strategy of Relational Advocacy. In that time, The David Project has grown its work from 12 campuses to 50 schools across the country and is now working with hundreds of Israel advocates who are reaching thousands of non-Jewish campus leaders. Phil joined The David Project in June 2010 after graduating from the Hornstein Heller Graduate Program at Brandeis University.

Phil believes that every student has the potential to make a difference for Israel and the world. A cornerstone of the programs and trainings that he has designed is teaching participants leadership and community building skills to be successful now and in the future. 

Before earning his MBA and Master's in Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis, Phil was the director of Jewish programming for Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity for three years. In that position, Phil taught student leaders how to organize successful philanthropic programs, bring Jewish enrichment programming into their chapters and talk about Israel within the fraternity and sorority community. 

Phil graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. 

pb@davidproject.org
(617) 428-0012 x 700

 
Danny Becker, Campus Manager Born and raised in southeast Michigan, Danny graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Comparative Cultures and Politics and International Relations. While at Michigan State, Danny was an active member in many student organizations and leadership positions during his undergraduate years, including and most actively in student government. Upon returning from The David Project's second Israel Uncovered: Campus Leaders MIssion to Israel in January 2014, Danny joined the David Project's Outreach Team as an Intern on campus, and later participated in the 2014 Relationship Building Institute that summer. After graduation in December 2015, Danny joined The David Project team in January 2015 as a Campus Coordinator for schools in New York City, New Jersey and Nashville. He has served as a Campus Manager, managing half of the national campus team, since the summer of 2016. danny@davidproject.org (617) 428-0012 x 706

Danny Becker, Campus Manager


Born and raised in southeast Michigan, Danny graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Comparative Cultures and Politics and International Relations. While at Michigan State, Danny was an active member in many student organizations and leadership positions during his undergraduate years, including and most actively in student government.

Upon returning from The David Project's second Israel Uncovered: Campus Leaders MIssion to Israel in January 2014, Danny joined the David Project's Outreach Team as an Intern on campus, and later participated in the 2014 Relationship Building Institute that summer. After graduation in December 2015, Danny joined The David Project team in January 2015 as a Campus Coordinator for schools in New York City, New Jersey and Nashville. He has served as a Campus Manager, managing half of the national campus team, since the summer of 2016.

danny@davidproject.org
(617) 428-0012 x 706

Matal Camille, Campus Coordinator New York & Tennessee  Matal Camille joined The David Project in September, 2016. Born in Israel and having lived in multiple places throughout her life, Matal retained her Jewish-Israeli identity through engaging in Jewish educational frameworks, community programs, Jewish youth groups, and growing up in a culturally Jewish home. She graduated from Syracuse University with a double major in Communications & Rhetorical Studies, and Modern Jewish Studies and minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Religion. Matal spent her semester ‘abroad’ at Tel Aviv University, developing and strengthening her complex relationship with her homeland. During her time in college, Matal worked as an SU Literacy Corps Tutor in the local Syracuse day schools, providing disenfranchised youth. Having developed a deep passion for advocacy, social justice, and Israel, Matal looks forward to channeling her experiences and love for diversity and interpersonal relationship building into her work with The David Project team, helping students and professionals form genuine and healthy connections with Israel through Relational Advocacy. matal@davidproject.org (617) 428-0012 x 705

Matal Camille, Campus Coordinator
New York & Tennessee
 

Matal Camille joined The David Project in September, 2016. Born in Israel and having lived in multiple places throughout her life, Matal retained her Jewish-Israeli identity through engaging in Jewish educational frameworks, community programs, Jewish youth groups, and growing up in a culturally Jewish home. She graduated from Syracuse University with a double major in Communications & Rhetorical Studies, and Modern Jewish Studies and minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Religion. Matal spent her semester ‘abroad’ at Tel Aviv University, developing and strengthening her complex relationship with her homeland. During her time in college, Matal worked as an SU Literacy Corps Tutor in the local Syracuse day schools, providing disenfranchised youth. Having developed a deep passion for advocacy, social justice, and Israel, Matal looks forward to channeling her experiences and love for diversity and interpersonal relationship building into her work with The David Project team, helping students and professionals form genuine and healthy connections with Israel through Relational Advocacy.

matal@davidproject.org
(617) 428-0012 x 705

Juan Gilces, Campus Coordinator Southern California & Texas Juan joined The David Project team in June 2016. Born in Ecuador to a family of Sephardic Jewish background, Juan grew up in Miami, Florida where he attended Florida International University with a major in International Relations and certificates in Latin American, Jewish, and Middle East Studies. While at FIU, Juan was a founding father of his Zeta Beta Tau chapter, worked as a Resident Assistant and later served as the Student Body Vice President. Juan was also a key leader in Hillel at FIU, Shalom FIU, and Chabad FIU where he was a Sinai Scholar. With The David Project he was a campus intern for two years, and participated on The David Project’s Israel Uncovered Campus Leaders Mission and the Relationship Building Institute. Juan loves learning about other cultures, and doing volunteer work in his spare time. He first visited Israel in the summer of 2012 to volunteer in a reserve infantry unit of the IDF where he experienced first-hand Operation Pillar of Defense. While Juan remains very passionate about Israel, he is also passionate about public service, social justice, and international affairs. juan@davidproject.org (617) 428-0012 x 714

Juan Gilces, Campus Coordinator
Southern California & Texas

Juan joined The David Project team in June 2016. Born in Ecuador to a family of Sephardic Jewish background, Juan grew up in Miami, Florida where he attended Florida International University with a major in International Relations and certificates in Latin American, Jewish, and Middle East Studies. While at FIU, Juan was a founding father of his Zeta Beta Tau chapter, worked as a Resident Assistant and later served as the Student Body Vice President. Juan was also a key leader in Hillel at FIU, Shalom FIU, and Chabad FIU where he was a Sinai Scholar. With The David Project he was a campus intern for two years, and participated on The David Project’s Israel Uncovered Campus Leaders Mission and the Relationship Building Institute. Juan loves learning about other cultures, and doing volunteer work in his spare time. He first visited Israel in the summer of 2012 to volunteer in a reserve infantry unit of the IDF where he experienced first-hand Operation Pillar of Defense. While Juan remains very passionate about Israel, he is also passionate about public service, social justice, and international affairs.

juan@davidproject.org
(617) 428-0012 x 714

 
Maddi Jackson, Campus Coordinator Midwest Region Maddi joined the team in June 2016. She is originally from Cincinnati and graduated from THE Ohio State University with a BA in Political Science, specializing in International Relations and obtained a double minor in German and Security & Intelligence. While at OSU, she was involved in a scholars program call Mount Leadership Society, College Republicans and Undergraduate Student Government. She also studied abroad in Dresden, Germany where she took an intensive language course. In 2015, Maddi was selected as one of the three non-Jewish student leaders from her school to participate on The David Project's annual Israel Uncovered trip. After discovering her passion for Israel, she advocated for Israel as a Senator in USG. The following year, she became a David Project intern and a member of the Buckeyes for Israel Leadership Board. maddi@davidproject.org (617) 428-0012 x 711

Maddi Jackson, Campus Coordinator
Midwest Region



Maddi joined the team in June 2016. She is originally from Cincinnati and graduated from THE Ohio State University with a BA in Political Science, specializing in International Relations and obtained a double minor in German and Security & Intelligence. While at OSU, she was involved in a scholars program call Mount Leadership Society, College Republicans and Undergraduate Student Government. She also studied abroad in Dresden, Germany where she took an intensive language course. In 2015, Maddi was selected as one of the three non-Jewish student leaders from her school to participate on The David Project's annual Israel Uncovered trip. After discovering her passion for Israel, she advocated for Israel as a Senator in USG. The following year, she became a David Project intern and a member of the Buckeyes for Israel Leadership Board.

maddi@davidproject.org
(617) 428-0012 x 711

Hillary Kern, Development Associate Hillary Kern joined The David Project in January 2016 as the Development Associate. Originally from Los Angeles, California she graduated from Indiana University in 2010. While at IU, Hillary found a Jewish community and strengthened her Jewish identity on campus through Hillel.  After returning to the West Coast, Hillary went on a life changing Birthright Israel trip. In 2013, she came to Boston to work as the IACT/ Israel Programs Coordinator at Clark University Hillel, where she put on countless Israel programs and staffed 5 Birthright Israel trips. In her free time, she volunteers with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sister’s Friend 2 Friend program, which serves adults with disabilities and is a committee member for Hebrew College’s ESER Young Adult Learning series. Hillary brings her passion for Israel and dedication to serving the Jewish community to her position at The David Project. hillary@davidproject.org (617) 428-0012 x 702

Hillary Kern, Development Associate



Hillary Kern joined The David Project in January 2016 as the Development Associate. Originally from Los Angeles, California she graduated from Indiana University in 2010. While at IU, Hillary found a Jewish community and strengthened her Jewish identity on campus through Hillel.  After returning to the West Coast, Hillary went on a life changing Birthright Israel trip. In 2013, she came to Boston to work as the IACT/ Israel Programs Coordinator at Clark University Hillel, where she put on countless Israel programs and staffed 5 Birthright Israel trips. In her free time, she volunteers with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sister’s Friend 2 Friend program, which serves adults with disabilities and is a committee member for Hebrew College’s ESER Young Adult Learning series. Hillary brings her passion for Israel and dedication to serving the Jewish community to her position at The David Project.

hillary@davidproject.org

(617) 428-0012 x 702

Jacklyn Liberman, Senior Campus Coordinator Florida, DC, Maryland & New Orleans Jacklyn grew up in sunny Southern California. She attended college at the University of Washington where she obtained her BA in International Studies. In order to strengthen her Jewish identity and work experience, she moved to Israel to be part of Career Israel, a 6 month internship program. Following her internship with the Israeli Industry Center for R&D, she stayed in Israel to receive her MA from IDC in Herzliya, Israel in Diplomacy and Conflict studies with a specialization in Negotiations. After graduation, Jacklyn moved to Boston, MA. She is very excited to be a part of The David Project team and help her students advocate for Israel on each of their campuses. jacklyn@davidproject.org (617) 428-0012 x 715  

Jacklyn Liberman, Senior Campus Coordinator
Florida, DC, Maryland & New Orleans


Jacklyn grew up in sunny Southern California. She attended college at the University of Washington where she obtained her BA in International Studies. In order to strengthen her Jewish identity and work experience, she moved to Israel to be part of Career Israel, a 6 month internship program. Following her internship with the Israeli Industry Center for R&D, she stayed in Israel to receive her MA from IDC in Herzliya, Israel in Diplomacy and Conflict studies with a specialization in Negotiations.

After graduation, Jacklyn moved to Boston, MA. She is very excited to be a part of The David Project team and help her students advocate for Israel on each of their campuses.

jacklyn@davidproject.org

(617) 428-0012 x 715

 

 
Dylan Morpurgo, Campus Manager Dylan joined The David Project in June 2014 as a Campus Coordinator. Dylan came to The David Project with a unique perspective, having been one of the students who traveled to Israel in January 2013 on our inaugural Israel Uncovered: Campus Leader Mission trip. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Dylan worked as a Legislative Aide for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for two years, while putting himself through college. After participating in our Israel Uncovered trip, Dylan returned to Israel on a summer service-learning trip oriented towards community building in the lower-income communities of Israel’s Negev region. While in college, Dylan interned at the Israeli Consulate in Philadelphia, and worked on relationship building between Israel and minority communities in the Mid-Atlantic region. Dylan graduated in 2014 from Temple University with a B.A. in Political Science and History. Dylan, who previously worked on campuses in New England and the Midwest as a coordinator, now manages half of our campus team working across the country. dm@davidproject.org (617) 428-0012 x 708

Dylan Morpurgo, Campus Manager



Dylan joined The David Project in June 2014 as a Campus Coordinator. Dylan came to The David Project with a unique perspective, having been one of the students who traveled to Israel in January 2013 on our inaugural Israel Uncovered: Campus Leader Mission trip.

Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Dylan worked as a Legislative Aide for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for two years, while putting himself through college. After participating in our Israel Uncovered trip, Dylan returned to Israel on a summer service-learning trip oriented towards community building in the lower-income communities of Israel’s Negev region. While in college, Dylan interned at the Israeli Consulate in Philadelphia, and worked on relationship building between Israel and minority communities in the Mid-Atlantic region. Dylan graduated in 2014 from Temple University with a B.A. in Political Science and History. Dylan, who previously worked on campuses in New England and the Midwest as a coordinator, now manages half of our campus team working across the country.

dm@davidproject.org

(617) 428-0012 x 708

Lucia Panasci, Senior West Coast Coordinator Lucia joined The David Project team in July 2014. Her portfolio includes campuses in Northern California. Lucia graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in December 2013 with a B.A. in Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. While at UMass, she served as the president of the Student Alliance for Israel and was an active member of Hillel. Her academic interests and love of travel led her to study abroad for a summer in Istanbul and a semester in Jerusalem. The meaningful experiences Lucia had as a student made her want to help create positive campus environments for others. She is very excited to work with students to improve the campus conversation on Israel through relational advocacy. lp@davidproject.org (617) 428-0012 x 709

Lucia Panasci, Senior West Coast Coordinator

Lucia joined The David Project team in July 2014. Her portfolio includes campuses in Northern California. Lucia graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in December 2013 with a B.A. in Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. While at UMass, she served as the president of the Student Alliance for Israel and was an active member of Hillel. Her academic interests and love of travel led her to study abroad for a summer in Istanbul and a semester in Jerusalem. The meaningful experiences Lucia had as a student made her want to help create positive campus environments for others. She is very excited to work with students to improve the campus conversation on Israel through relational advocacy.

lp@davidproject.org

(617) 428-0012 x 709

Juan G Pardo, Finance/HR Manager Juan joined The David Project in October 2010 as the accountant. He is responsible for keeping the accounting up to date and tracking the financial records. Among a number of other responsibilities, Juan prepares and submits weekly budgets and financial reports to the senior team, keeps track of receivables and payables, and provides any information requested by external auditors. Prior to his position at The David Project, Juan lived in South Florida where he served as a CPA Administrative Assistant, Office Manager, and Accountant/Bookkeeper for a Jackson Hewitt (JH) franchise. In these roles, Juan was responsible for assisting the CPA in the preparation of various types of tax returns, for managing all aspects of a tax office through tax season, and for running the bookkeeping for many of the CPA clients – while at the same time helping with the in-house accounting. Prior to his time at JH, Juan worked at COOPCAFER, located in Colombia, South America, as a Coffee Marketing Supervisor, where he unexpectedly fell in love with accounting. In 2000, Juan graduated from UCP with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and recently, in February 28, 2014, Juan earned his Master of Science in Accountancy from Bentley University. Juan loves to be outdoors and very much enjoys downhill skiing, mountain biking and taking pictures when traveling. Juan lives with his wife Lina in Quincy, Massachusetts. jp@davidproject.org (617) 428-0012 x 703

Juan G Pardo, Finance/HR Manager

Juan joined The David Project in October 2010 as the accountant. He is responsible for keeping the accounting up to date and tracking the financial records. Among a number of other responsibilities, Juan prepares and submits weekly budgets and financial reports to the senior team, keeps track of receivables and payables, and provides any information requested by external auditors.

Prior to his position at The David Project, Juan lived in South Florida where he served as a CPA Administrative Assistant, Office Manager, and Accountant/Bookkeeper for a Jackson Hewitt (JH) franchise. In these roles, Juan was responsible for assisting the CPA in the preparation of various types of tax returns, for managing all aspects of a tax office through tax season, and for running the bookkeeping for many of the CPA clients – while at the same time helping with the in-house accounting. Prior to his time at JH, Juan worked at COOPCAFER, located in Colombia, South America, as a Coffee Marketing Supervisor, where he unexpectedly fell in love with accounting. In 2000, Juan graduated from UCP with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and recently, in February 28, 2014, Juan earned his Master of Science in Accountancy from Bentley University. Juan loves to be outdoors and very much enjoys downhill skiing, mountain biking and taking pictures when traveling. Juan lives with his wife Lina in Quincy, Massachusetts.


jp@davidproject.org
(617) 428-0012 x 703

 
Daniel Pearlman, Campus Coordinator New England & New Jersey Daniel joined The David Project team in May 2016. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, he graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in Political Science and Judaic Studies, and a minor in the History of Art. While at Michigan, Daniel was a leader at Hillel and in a variety of Israel clubs. He was also a campus intern with The David Project for two years, and participated on The David Project’s Israel Uncovered: Campus Leaders Mission. Daniel loves to travel, and spent his last semester of college traveling the world. He has been to Israel five times and lived in Tel Aviv during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, where he researched the economics and geopolitics of water and climate change as an intern at Tel Aviv University. Aside from Israel, Daniel is passionate about education, the environment, and human rights. daniel@davidproject.org (617) 428-0012 x 712

Daniel Pearlman, Campus Coordinator
New England & New Jersey


Daniel joined The David Project team in May 2016. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, he graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in Political Science and Judaic Studies, and a minor in the History of Art. While at Michigan, Daniel was a leader at Hillel and in a variety of Israel clubs. He was also a campus intern with The David Project for two years, and participated on The David Project’s Israel Uncovered: Campus Leaders Mission. Daniel loves to travel, and spent his last semester of college traveling the world. He has been to Israel five times and lived in Tel Aviv during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, where he researched the economics and geopolitics of water and climate change as an intern at Tel Aviv University. Aside from Israel, Daniel is passionate about education, the environment, and human rights.

daniel@davidproject.org
(617) 428-0012 x 712

Elana Willinsky, Communications Associate Elana joined the David Project in February of 2016. She loves to travel, but is always drawn back to her hometown of Boston. Elana has vivid memories of visiting Israel with her family at a young age which helped foster her love of Israel as a second home and community, and led her to be active in her Jewish community growing up. She graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Writing, Literature, & Publishing and Political Science with a focus in the MENA region. She has written for a variety of publications and blogs, and since college has focused her efforts on communication work within the nonprofit sector. Elana is so excited to be joining an organization which promotes personal narrative, thoughtful dialogue, and relationship building — three of her favorite things! elana@davidproject.org (617) 428-0012 x 704

Elana Willinsky, Communications Associate

Elana joined the David Project in February of 2016. She loves to travel, but is always drawn back to her hometown of Boston. Elana has vivid memories of visiting Israel with her family at a young age which helped foster her love of Israel as a second home and community, and led her to be active in her Jewish community growing up. She graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Writing, Literature, & Publishing and Political Science with a focus in the MENA region. She has written for a variety of publications and blogs, and since college has focused her efforts on communication work within the nonprofit sector. Elana is so excited to be joining an organization which promotes personal narrative, thoughtful dialogue, and relationship building — three of her favorite things!

elana@davidproject.org

(617) 428-0012 x 704