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.
Ala Sader joined PresenTense as the Council for Arab Entrepreneurship Director. Ala has experience in management, finance, accounting, and business consulting. He has an International Executive MBA from Kellogg-Recanati. A Certified Public Accountant, he received his BA in Accounting and Economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, previously served as the co-CEO of MEET- Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow, and was also a manager at Ernst & Young. Ala spent five years in Switzerland, serving as Finance Services Controller EAME at Syngenta Crop Protection and then as Senior Controller Reinsurance at Zurich Financial Services. He speaks English, Arabic, Hebrew, and German.
Ariella is the Human Resources and Operations 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.
Born in Ashdod, living in Tel Aviv, Dar is a graphic designer and illustrator. He previously worked as a designer and art director for several studios and advertising companies in Tel Aviv. Dar won Best Print Designer of 2015 in the 'QuadAward' international design contest.
Emily Winograd is the Director of Programs and Training at PresenTense, overseeing curriculum development, alumni engagement, and our PT School platform in North America. Prior to joining the team, she worked as a campus recruiter for Teach For America. A veteran New Yorker, Emily originally moved to the city to attend the Double Degree Program between Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary, from which she graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Bible Studies. Emily lives in Washington Heights, NY and is an active community member at Mount Sinai Jewish Center.
Investment banker turned entrepreneur, Giuseppe has built an expertise in launching companies from scratch and creating solutions fueled by relationships. Giuseppe has most recently managed the Nazdiv accelerator in Nazareth on behalf of StarTau.
Jerrin is the in-house graphic designer for PresenTense. Until joining PresenTense officially in November 2012, she had worked with the organization on a regular basis since 2008. She has combined work for PT with a successful freelance career at her own company, J.KAY Designs. Jerrin has worked for the Israel Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, Tel Aviv University, The Jewish Federations of North American, and countless social venture start-ups throughout Israel. 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.
Nir is the Jerusalem Eco-system and Programs Manager at PresenTense Israel. In his previous job, Nir served as the World Zionist Organization senior representative to the UK. While in London, Nir was responsible for community outreach and initiated several different communal projects aiming to strengthen the connection of the local community with Israel. He founded the "Israeli Salon," a community of over 500 Israeli young professionals based in London. Nir holds a BA in political science from the Tel Aviv Academic College where he chaired the college's student council and founded a debating club.
Nir recently moved back to Jerusalem, where he was born and raised, after spending a few years in Tel Aviv and London. Nir also manages the "Jerusalem Parliament," a network of young, Jerusalem-based leaders from who represent Jerusalem's full spectrum of religious, ethnic and political diversity.
Sarah Cohen is the Manager of PresenTense’s Colorado Programs, overseeing PresenTense’s new Fellowship geared toward high school students. Previously, Sarah was a Sustainability and Conservation Program Coordinator at Stanford University, where she supervised student interns and worked to incorporate sustainability into student housing. Sarah has also spent time working at Stanford’s Design School, bringing design thinking workshops to K-12 students throughout the United States. She graduated with a B.A. in Global Information, Social Enterprise Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and is an alumnus of URJ Camp Newman as well as the North American Federation for Temple Youth (NFTY). Though she misses the beach dearly, Sarah is very excited to explore all that Colorado has to offer.
Sarah Gass is the Manager of NYC Programs and Operations at PresenTense, overseeing our fellowship in New York City and the Jewish Teen Institute for Innovation. Previously, Sarah was a development professional at UJA-Federation of New York, where she oversaw the Families Division and helped New Yorkers reach their full potential as leaders, volunteers, and philanthropists through UJA's mission. She was the Content and Community Manager at Proust, a previously-owned IAC startup. Sarah graduated with a BA in Art History and Italian Studies from Smith College, and currently serves as a board member for her alma mater's local alumnae club. Sarah loves public art as a form of collective community expression, and currently resides in Brooklyn.
Simi Hinden is the Director of Resource Development and Knowledge Management at PresenTense. In her role, she manages program assessment across the organization, as well as financial resource development for PresenTense Israel. 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. Originally from New Jersey, Simi lives in Jerusalem.
Yaara is PresenTense's Jerusalem Ecosystem Coordinator. Prior to joining she held positions involving personnel and knowledge management in the Knesset and municipal elections. Yaara has been a member of Rothschild Ambassadors of the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation for three years. As a member of this organization she is an instructor for 20 young ambassadors for social change. In addition, she established the 'Salon Zchuyot', a social enterprise that does outreach to help single mothers exercise their rights. Yaara is studying Bible and Education at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is a graduate of a course in mediation and conflict resolution at Gevim. Yaara served in the IDF as an instructor in the Combat Engineering Corps, and continues her service on reserve duty.
Yaron has experience developing and managing programs in the fields of social entrepreneurship and social business. He has a BA in Social Sciences and a Masters in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University. During his studies he participated in the a social venture run by the Haifa-Boston Connection in order to develop joint social projects, providing solutions for underserved populations. Prior to joining PresenTense he worked as a development director at the NGO "Enosh". Over the past six years, he helped establish a social venture hub in partnership with people with disabilities and local entrepreneurs in Haifa. He also developed a venture that uses 3D technology to help people with disabilities integrate into society. And he developed a project which helped people with disabilities launch independent businesses, in partnership with Bituach Leumi (Israel's Insurance Institute) and government offices. Yaron believes that social change comes from building infrastructure and partnerships between the business sector, the non-profit sector and local government.