Board Leadership

Micah Fitzerman-Blue, President: Micah is a Supervising Producer and Writer on Emmy and Golden Globe winning series "Transparent." He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

Adam Englander, Vice-President

Liesel Reinisch, Treasurer: Liesel is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Adams O’Connell, Inc.  She joined the firm in 2002 and helped broaden the company’s asset base. Liesel oversees all of the daily operations, and is responsible for property management, oversight of public and private equity, new acquisitions, and client communication. Liesel has more than twenty years of entrepreneurial, real estate, and family business management experience. Before joining Adams O’Connell, Inc., Liesel managed several food and beverage companies in the bay area and Southern California. She oversaw operations at Steelhead Brewing Company in San Francisco and Burlingame. Her background includes online marketing production and communications strategy consulting. Liesel graduated from Colorado College, and earned an MBA from the University of Southern California. She volunteers as Treasurer of the Silverlake Jewish Community Center and heads the Finance Committee. She is an active member of the Stuart Ketchum Downtown YMCA and Friends of the Y Board.  She has lived in Silverlake for 12 years. She enjoys cooking, skiing, playing tennis, and keeping up with her 7-year old son and her 3 year old daughter.

David Haskell, Secretary: David moved to Los Angeles from Boston, MA, where he received a BA in Psychology and Computer Science at Brandeis University. He recently graduated from USC’s TV/Film Production MFA program with a focus on writing. Prior to USC, he worked on reality shows such as Denise Richards: It’s Complicated, Scott Baio is 45 and Single, Celebrity Fit Club, among others.  In 2012 he wrote Ostrichland, which won the Alexis Award at Palm Springs International Shorts Fest. He has also produced several successful projects including Paulie, a short film that won the Panavision Grand Jury Prize at Palm Springs International Shorts Fest. Currently, David is finishing his debut feature film The Outdoorsman.

Allison Greenwood Bajracharya, Director: Allison is the Chief Strategy and Support Services Officer for Camino Nuevo Academy. Bajracharya has overall strategic and operational responsibility for all CNCA operational and advancement departments. Before joining the Camino team, she was the founding California State Executive Director of Murmuration, a startup organization that rests at the intersection of education policy, community organizing, and data. Prior to joining Murmuration, Allison worked at the California Charter Schools Association. There, she wore many hats, ranging from the Managing Regional Director of Advocacy to the Senior Vice President of Organizing. Allison’s professional experiences also include serving as the Managing Director of District Strategy at Teach for America and the Director of Community Affairs for former LAUSD School Board Member Marlene Canter. Bajracharya started her career as a high school Teach for America teacher in New Orleans, LA. Allison received her B.A. from Middlebury College and her M.P.P from the University of Southern California. She sits on The Da Vinci Schools’ Board of Regents, the Silverlake Jewish Community Center Board, and the STEM Prep Charter Board. In her free time, Bajracharya enjoys family adventures with her two children and husband.

Jill Burrows, Director: Jill Burrows has worked as designer for two decades - in both graphic and product design. She has worked for large agencies, as an independent consultant and has pursued entrepreneurial endeavors. Clients have included Mattel, Nike, Visa, the Sony Design Center, Cnet and numerous small businesses which she has taken from initial concepts to reputable brands. She currently designs communications for small businesses and is developing a new product line for the home and lifestyle industry. Having lived in Memphis, San Francisco, London and Los Angeles, Jill thrives on being part of creative communities and is engaged in cultural, civic and political life. She is passionate about international travel and brings a worldly perspective to her work. Jill sits on the SIJCC Board as well as the JLC committee. She has one daughter who attends the JLC and another at the ECE.

Mickey Barda, Director

Rachel Lewin, Director: Rachel is the Head of School at Temple Israel of Hollywood Day School in Los Angeles and a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator from UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. Rachel’s experience includes strategic planning, finance and development. She is a mindfulness in education consultant to schools and was a founding trustee of two schools in Northern California and served as an advisor to various communal organizations.

Deena Margolis, Director: Deena is the Vice President of Community Impact at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, where she oversees the organization’s programs, grant making and public affairs. She launched her career in Washington, D.C. at the National Council of Jewish Women, advocating on poverty and civil rights issues. Prior to joining United Way, Deena served for over a decade as President of Focali Consulting, LLC, a strategic management and public policy consulting firm supporting the nonprofit, philanthropic, and government sectors on policy, strategic planning and organizational development. She also has more than 20 years of experience in the public, having held positions at the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and the County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Office. Deena also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Exercise (ACE). She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University. Deena lives in Silver Lake with her husband and two sons.

Tali Pressman, Director:  Tali co-founded Swell Creative Group after 15 years in the not-for-profit world making change through art and culture. She now brings strategy, management, planning and fundraising experience to Swell’s growing portfolio. Before Swell, she was Managing Director of Cornerstone Theater Company, an internationally recognized, community-engaged theater company in Los Angeles. While there she doubled the annual budget, securing major grants from the Kresge Foundation, the California Endowment, the James Irvine Foundation, ArtSpace, Open Society Foundations and many others. Prior to Cornerstone, she led special projects for the Progressive Jewish Alliance where she created and launched the Jeremiah Fellowship, an intensive training program for emerging social justice leaders in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC. She is a member of Reboot and was the LA coordinator in the early aughts. Tali is currently an adviser on numerous projects, including Six Points Artist Fellowship, the American Jewish University, and is helping Art Center College of Design envision a graduate program in photography.

Tannaz Sassooni, Director: Tannaz has worked in visual effects and animation technology for over a decade.  At the Academy Award winning visual effects house Rhythm+Hues Studios, she was a pipeline lead on films such as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Evan Almighty. She worked at Dreamworks Animation for eight years, designing and implementing production workflows for layout, animation, modeling, and cloth and hair artists. She was the Cloth and Hair Technical Director for How to Train Your Dragon 2, which won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2014. Currently, she is a software engineer at Shotgun/Autodesk, devising technical solutions for studios around the world. Born in Tehran to a Jewish Family, Tannaz has lived in Los Angeles since age one. In her downtime, Tannaz created her blog All Kinds of Yum as a home for her endless food storiesShe’s written for Lucky Peach, Thrillist, The Mash-Up Americans, and Shofar, and is constantly collecting recipes for a regional Iranian Jewish cookbook.

Dahvi Waller, Director: Dahvi is an LA based television writer. After getting her start on Desperate Housewives, Dahvi went on to write and produce for such shows as Eli Stone, Halt and Catch Fire, and Mad Men. She is currently developing a limited series and teaching a class at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Dahvi is a member of the East Side Jews Committee and very involved in the Writers Guild of America. A native of Montreal, Dahvi is a ‘Montreal Bagel’ evangelist, bringing dozens back with her on every trip home to spread the joy.