Yesterday, The David Project announced that this summer, Phil Brodsky, our current Campus Director and unofficial office fashion adviser, will be transitioning in as our next Executive Director. We caught five minutes with Phil this morning to ask him a few questions about his background, why he’s excited for his new role here, and about the big shoes he has to fill. How many college campuses have you visited?
In my four years at The David Project as Campus Director, and before I was here when I worked for Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, I have visited more than 100 campuses in the United States.
Which was your favorite?
Well, besides my alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I have enjoyed visiting all of The David Project’s Core Campuses in the last few years, from Vanderbilt to Boston University to the University of Florida.
How many times have you been to Israel?
I’ve been lucky enough to go to Israel 14 times in different capacities, from my first trip with Alexander Muss High School in Israel during my high school years to most recently with Israel Uncovered, The David Project's Israel trip.
What inspires you?
I’ve been amazed by how smart and active the student leaders that I’ve met over the years are. I’ve stayed in touch with many of them, and still connect with them on a regular basis. It makes me very hopeful for the future knowing that there are such serious-minded, innovative and good-hearted leaders on campus today.
What is your hope for your first year at The David Project as Executive Director?
More than anything else, I would love to see peace in Israel between the Israelis and Palestinians. Barring that in my first year, I’m looking forward to a year of expanding our work on campuses, continuing to develop relational advocacy, including launching our relational advocacy curriculum this summer, and bringing sexy back to Israel advocacy.
What motivates you about The David Project?
What most excites and motivates me about our work is that if we are successful in bringing together communities on campus for a more full and real conversation about campus leaders' interests, then not only will Israel come away looking better, but the campus will be a better place as well. The more open, critical and interested we can be, the more we will learn. And if we do that, everyone comes away better.
Anything else you want to share?
I'm very excited to be stepping up my leadership role here. At the same time, though, I recognize that I have gained so much from David Bernstein and all my colleagues I have had the honor of working with while at The David Project. If it wasn't for everyone who has put their wisdom, effort and heart into this place over the years, we wouldn't be in the position we are in today: at the forefront of innovative Israel advocacy.