Naomi is CEO of the PresenTense Group, overseeing programs and operations in North America as well as global organizational strategy. Previously Naomi worked in experiential Jewish education, managing training and professional development at the Foundation for Jewish Camp and JEXNET and serving as the Bronfman Fellow to Avraham Infeld at Hillel’s International Center.
Naomi earned her MBA and MPA in Business Strategy and Nonprofit Management from NYU’s Stern School of Business and Wagner School of Public Service, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and Vice President of Philanthropy for the Jewish Students Association. She is a graduate of Babson College’s Symposium on Entrepreneurship Education. Naomi also holds a B.S. in Marketing and Rhetoric from the University of Maryland and spent a year in Israel studying Jewish texts at Midreshet Lindenbaum. She lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband, Hadar.
Guy is responsible for leading the Israeli operation of PresenTense and comes to the organization after serving in executive roles at a number of innovative Israeli hi-tech and biotech companies including XMPie and AposTherapy.
Along side his business activities, Guy has been an active volunteer at Merchavim - the Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship, where he is outgoing Chairman of the Board. During his time as Chairman, Merchavim’s innovating programming, that helps Israeli children from all backgrounds learn about and celebrate Israel’s cultural diversity, has reached over 500 schools and kindergartens.
Alina is the Director of Content and Programs for PresenTense and previously served as the European Programs Director. Prior to joining PresenTense, she worked as a New Media Campaigner for “Green Course” and as a New Media Lecturer at Mas”a (for young media professionals). For five years she has worked in the field of New Media as New Media Manager, Public Relations and Client Manager, and Web Content Writer for various organizations.
Alina served as the Russian Desk Commander in the Foreign Press Branch of the IDF Spokespersons Unit. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from The Interdisciplinary Center, Sami Ofer School of Communications. She is also a graduate of the Mahindra United World College of India and a graduate of the Stand With Us fellowship (Public Diplomacy Program).
Anya manages partner relations for PresenTense in the former Soviet Union and consults select PresenTense ventures in Jerusalem on business strategy. She comes to PresenTense from Energiya Global, a solar energy company, where she served as VP New Business Development. Anya previously worked at the Jewish Agency, where she managed resource development for educational programming in the FSU. She has set up the marketing operation at Geomage, a software company, and started her career in Israel on Benjamin Netanyahu's staff at the Ministry of Finance, where she was in charge of communicating Israel's economic policy to the international investor community. Anya earned her MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston and her BA in Political Science from Moscow State University. She founded and ran the Russian Union of Jewish Students while studying for her BA.
Ariella is the Office Manager of PresenTense Israel. She previously worked as the Administrative Director of the art school “JSS”, where she managed school funds and oversaw programming in Israel and internationally. She has also worked as the HR Coordinator and Office Manager of Animation Lab (JVP), HR and Operations Associate at BioLineRX and the Promotional Merchandise Producer at the Lyons Group based in London, UK.
She was one of the leading activists in the campaign to free Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit until his long anticipated release in 2011.
Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, Ariella served in a commanding role at the Educational Corps of the IDF, where she was responsible for 200 soldiers with special needs.
Daniel is the Director of Business Development and Programs and is an active member of the social and social-business entrepreneurship community. Alongside his bachelor’s degree in communal social work at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he was one of the founders of the Osim Shinui movement (social workers for a change in the government’s priorities) and Salon Shabazi, a community center in Nachlaot, Jerusalem. Daniel also worked in lobbying and marketing for a variety of social organizations. He served in the IDF as a part of a Garin Nachal of the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement.
Daniel has lived in Jerusalem for the past seven years, and takes an active part in cross-sector social and cultural projects and in forming new communities. He is currently a graduate student at the Hebrew University's business school, focusing on organizational behavior.
Inbal is the Director of the Jerusalem Ecosystem. She holds a BA from Tel Aviv University in Psychology and Social Justice, as well as a MA in Organizational Consulting and Life Coaching from the College for Management in Rishon Letzion. After finishing the army as a first lieutenant, she lived in a Dror Israel 'Educators City Kibbutz’ in Ashdod where she engaged in educational work with at-risk youth. Following that, Inbal got involved with a number of nonprofit organizations including Assaf, which assists refugees and asylum seekers, the World Conference of Jewish Community Centers, the Torah Education department of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the JCCA. Inbal is also active in the global Jewish community. She is an alumna of the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship and as is involved with the ROI Community of the Schusterman Philanthropic Network, and is part of the ROI Connection-Points production team. Until recently, Inbal has worked at New-Spirit, a Young Communities and Development Coordinator. She was one of the leaders of the social justice protest in 2011, serving as the coordinator of the Jerusalem headquarters.
Jerrin is the in-house graphic designer for PresenTense. Until joining PresenTense officially in November, she had worked with the organization on a regular basis since 2008. She has combined work for PT with a successful freelance career at J.KAY Designs. She has done work for the Israel Ministry of Science and Technology, Tel Aviv University, Bema’aglei Tzedek and the NU Campaign. Jerrin focuses on web, print and apparel design for start-ups, small businesses and non-profit organizations. Before shifting to design, Jerrin worked as a print and radio journalist in Israel, Chicago and Metropolitan Detroit, her hometown. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Jerrin has since wandered across many continents, ending up in Israel and making aliyah in 2006.
Justin Rosen Smolen is the program director at PresenTense, an accelerator that fosters the next generation of social entrepreneurs by helping innovators build new ideas into transformational ventures. Justin received his MPA from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service in 2012 and is currently completing the requirements for his MA in Jewish studies at NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Alongside his studies, Justin is participating in the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Previously, Justin directed CLIP: The Collegiate Leadership Internship Program, an undergraduate internship program that cultivates emerging Jewish professional and lay leaders in the Jewish community. Prior to graduate school, Justin participated in Insight: The Schusterman Fellowship for Jewish community, a two-year work professional development program that brought Justin to three Jewish non-profits for seven-month work placements. As an undergraduate, Justin attended the dual-degree program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he received bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and Jewish thought. In his spare time, Justin loves traveling, reading, and running in Riverside Park.
Sara joined the team after serving as Assistant Director of Brooklyn Heights Synagogue. After graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Jewish Studies and psychology from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sara served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at the International Rescue Committee’s New York Refugee Resettlement office to help newly arrived refugee youth acclimate to city life. Sara is a member of the Social Innovators Collective and a contributor to the Social Innovators Survival Guide. In addition to helping PresenTense nationally, Sara coordinates the New York Fellowship.
Simi Hinden is the Director of Knowledge Management at PresenTense. She is currently studying for her MBA at Hebrew University, with a focus on strategy and entrepreneurship, and graduated from Columbia University with a BA in biology. She has also studied at the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Drisha Institute. Previously she was an Opinion and Analysis Editor for Seeking Alpha, and has been a longstanding volunteer with PresenTense. Originally from New Jersey, Simi lives in Jerusalem.