Meet the National Student Board

The David Project’s National Student Board was founded in the summer of 2016 and consists of eight student representatives from across the country. These students work both on the national and regional level to enhance our work on campus, and help us create a stronger network of passionate student leaders.

Brian Burke National Student Board Chair I am a junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying Political Science, History, and Jewish Studies. I have been an intern with The David Project for the last two years and had the privilege of going on the Israel Uncovered trip last winter break (shoutout to Bus 2!). On campus, I am a member of my Hillel's student cabinet and served as the president of our Israel club. I am so excited to be part of this year's National Student Board. I cannot wait to help connect student advocates from across the country and build upon the amazing work The David Project does on campus.

Brian Burke
National Student Board Chair

I am a junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying Political Science, History, and Jewish Studies. I have been an intern with The David Project for the last two years and had the privilege of going on the Israel Uncovered trip last winter break (shoutout to Bus 2!). On campus, I am a member of my Hillel's student cabinet and served as the president of our Israel club.

I am so excited to be part of this year's National Student Board. I cannot wait to help connect student advocates from across the country and build upon the amazing work The David Project does on campus.

Forida Ahmed I am a junior at Brooklyn College majoring in English. My parents are originally from Bangladesh but I was born in New York City. My family moved around a lot while I was growing up and I got the chance to experience a multitude of cultures and environments. I am the Editor-in-Chief at Brooklyn College's Literary and Art Magazine, Stuck in the Library. In my free time I love to read and spend time with friends and family. I’m excited to meet and work with other David Project Student Board members and plan events that will hopefully have major impacts on campuses nationwide.

Forida Ahmed

I am a junior at Brooklyn College majoring in English. My parents are originally from Bangladesh but I was born in New York City. My family moved around a lot while I was growing up and I got the chance to experience a multitude of cultures and environments. I am the Editor-in-Chief at Brooklyn College's Literary and Art Magazine, Stuck in the Library. In my free time I love to read and spend time with friends and family.

I’m excited to meet and work with other David Project Student Board members and plan events that will hopefully have major impacts on campuses nationwide.

Delaney Kahlert I am a third year studying History and Spanish at San Diego State University. I'm from Long Beach, California, and have been working with The David Project for a year now. I'm so passionate about Israel and I love being able to translate what I've learned and experienced while visiting Israel back to students and my communities at home to improve overall campus culture.  I'm so excited to serve on this year's National Student Board and help facilitate conversations between different student interns to spark creativity and share ideas from campuses across the United States!

Delaney Kahlert

I am a third year studying History and Spanish at San Diego State University. I'm from Long Beach, California, and have been working with The David Project for a year now. I'm so passionate about Israel and I love being able to translate what I've learned and experienced while visiting Israel back to students and my communities at home to improve overall campus culture. 

I'm so excited to serve on this year's National Student Board and help facilitate conversations between different student interns to spark creativity and share ideas from campuses across the United States!

Jake Nitzkin I am a pre-med junior at Michigan State University, studying Neuroscience, Medical ethics, and Public Health. Outside of class I do research on children who stutter, teach music at the local Hebrew school, and serve as an RA on a floor in a residence hall at MSU. Also, I recently started writing my own music (now I just need to learn how to sing). I love the David Project because it gives me the opportunity to connect with many different types of people and build new relationships. I am excited to spend the year getting to know other interns and Israel Uncovered alumni nationally, and helping create a network between them to build meaningful relationships and help each other in our work.

Jake Nitzkin

I am a pre-med junior at Michigan State University, studying Neuroscience, Medical ethics, and Public Health. Outside of class I do research on children who stutter, teach music at the local Hebrew school, and serve as an RA on a floor in a residence hall at MSU. Also, I recently started writing my own music (now I just need to learn how to sing). I love the David Project because it gives me the opportunity to connect with many different types of people and build new relationships.

I am excited to spend the year getting to know other interns and Israel Uncovered alumni nationally, and helping create a network between them to build meaningful relationships and help each other in our work.

Alex Klar I am a senior at the University of Miami studying Public Health and Spanish. As a participant on The David Project's 2017 Israel Uncovered trip, I fostered a passion for building relationships between different cultures, and advocating for allyship among different communities as a David Project intern. Also, I am involved with Student Government and the Multicultural Student Affairs Office on campus.  I am incredibly excited to help spread the successes of The David Project from one campus to another. I hope to create a culture of action and advocacy among the other board members, and work together to promote Israel advocacy through conversation based on relationship building.

Alex Klar

I am a senior at the University of Miami studying Public Health and Spanish. As a participant on The David Project's 2017 Israel Uncovered trip, I fostered a passion for building relationships between different cultures, and advocating for allyship among different communities as a David Project intern. Also, I am involved with Student Government and the Multicultural Student Affairs Office on campus. 

I am incredibly excited to help spread the successes of The David Project from one campus to another. I hope to create a culture of action and advocacy among the other board members, and work together to promote Israel advocacy through conversation based on relationship building.

Ben Sack I am a junior at THE Ohio State University. I am a Political Science and Arabic major, specializing in Cooperation, Conflict and Violence. I'm from Orange, Ohio, a suburb east of Cleveland. Some of my favorite things to do are play sports, such as basketball, soccer and lacrosse, and my favorite David Project staff members are Maddi and Dylan.  I'm really excited about this year's National Student Board because I believe we have the opportunity to make a large impact on college campuses across the country. Herb Brooks once said "great moments are born from great opportunities." I feel that this upcoming year we have a great opportunity. 

Ben Sack

I am a junior at THE Ohio State University. I am a Political Science and Arabic major, specializing in Cooperation, Conflict and Violence. I'm from Orange, Ohio, a suburb east of Cleveland. Some of my favorite things to do are play sports, such as basketball, soccer and lacrosse, and my favorite David Project staff members are Maddi and Dylan. 

I'm really excited about this year's National Student Board because I believe we have the opportunity to make a large impact on college campuses across the country. Herb Brooks once said "great moments are born from great opportunities." I feel that this upcoming year we have a great opportunity. 

Amr I was born and raised in the West Bank and I moved to the United States to attend Trinity College. Since my freshman year, I have had the opportunity to connect with the Jewish community on campus. I have been working with Hillel to promote meaningful conversations about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2016, I participated on Israel Uncovered and thanks to this life-changing and eye-opening experience, I have become even more passionate about promoting mutual understanding between Palestinians and Israelis. I look forward to working with other National Student Board members to implement innovative ideas and strategies to engage campus communities in Israel-related issues.

Amr

I was born and raised in the West Bank and I moved to the United States to attend Trinity College. Since my freshman year, I have had the opportunity to connect with the Jewish community on campus. I have been working with Hillel to promote meaningful conversations about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2016, I participated on Israel Uncovered and thanks to this life-changing and eye-opening experience, I have become even more passionate about promoting mutual understanding between Palestinians and Israelis.

I look forward to working with other National Student Board members to implement innovative ideas and strategies to engage campus communities in Israel-related issues.