Adena loves her work thinking creatively with staff, students, and stakeholders about providing GW students the tools they need to create vibrant Jewish lives in college and beyond. Prior to her career in the Hillel world, which began at NYU, she earned her Masters in Social Work as a Wexner Graduate Fellow and spent time at a non-profit organization focused on poverty in New York City. Adena loves cruising the streets of DC with her husband Josh, daughter Layla, & son Oliver. Check out her blog, Adena the Coffee Queen, to hear more about her adventures on campus.
Dan brings a love of storytelling to GW Hillel. He graduated from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah this spring, where among his internships he spent time at Hoftstra Hillel. Dan previously worked as a financial adviser at JP Morgan, but realized his true calling was in the world of Torah; he now helps people take stock and form bonds with God and with themselves. Raised in Queens, New York (and a graduate of Queens College), Dan is enjoying his new home in Washington with his wife Odelia and his three children, Emmett, Emunah, and Ahava.
Daniel is thrilled to be returning to the DC area, where he grew up, to work with the incredible community at GW Hillel! With degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary and the University of Virginia, he comes to GW Hillel ready to integrate his passions of relationship-building, entrepreneurship, marketing, and Jewish education to help build community and cultivate Jewish identities. Daniel is a huge Washington sports fan, a potato connoisseur (what’s your favorite form of potato?), and loves traveling and enjoying the outdoors with his wife, Sarah.
Ana was born and raised in Southern California, where she graduated from UCLA. Passionate about politics and social justice in all forms, she is excited to talk to students about how they can create a more equitable world. A twentysomething Jewish grandma, you can find her cooking while singing show tunes or curled up with a mug of tea and a good book. Ana is honored to join the GW Hillel family as a Springboard Innovation Fellow, and can’t wait to explore all that D.C. has to offer.
Meredith is excited to help build a permanent home for the Jewish community in the heart of Foggy Bottom! With more than five years of experience in development, Meredith has been with GW for two and a half years. Previously, she worked as a leadership annual giving officer on behalf of the entire university. Meredith is in her second year of the MBA program at the School of Business. In her spare time, Meredith is a volunteer through a reading program in a local elementary school and co-chairs for the DC Young Alumni Council for the University of Michigan. She also enjoys traveling, being outdoors, yoga, and reading. She’s always looking for great book recommendations!
Shaw is excited to join the GW Hillel family, bringing over 15 years of non-profit finance & accounting experience to Hillel. As a mother of two college students, she strongly supports Hillel’s mission – enriching lives, so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Both of her boys are actively involved with Hillel. “Hillel is my boys’ home away from home” said Shaw. Prior to joining GW Hillel, Shaw worked for The Arc of the US as the Finance Manager and later as the HR Director, Finance Manager for the Eno Center for Transportation and Accounting Associate for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Shaw received her BS in Accounting and Business Management from the University of Massachusetts.
Born and raised in the Sharon area in Israel, Mai has spent most of her life involved in educational work and social justice activities. She served in the Israeli military as an educational coordinator dealing with ethical issues in Israeli society and, after receiving her BA in political science and economics, began to work in the field of political and social change through civil society. Most recently, Mai worked at “Israel Hofsheet,” a non-profit organization that strives for an Israeli society that practices cultural and religious pluralism. In her free time, she finds joy and peace in hiking, yoga, cooking and reading. Mai is excited to to start this new journey in DC with her husband, Uri, and looks forward to meeting the students of GW and generating new and inspiring activities and ideas together!