Like the community at large, IKAR’s board consists of people from a wealth of professional and Jewish backgrounds. They are united by a love for the spirit of IKAR and a belief in the impact it can have on the wider Jewish world.
Karen joined the IKAR board in 2011 and quickly became immersed in the finance and development activities of IKAR. She is a former investment banker and sits on the boards of five public closed-end investment funds. She has a BS in economics and French from SUNY Albany and a M.P.A. from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Michael joined the IKAR board in 2010 and has been instrumental in launching a partner school project in the developing world to pair with IKAR’s own educational efforts, the ECC and Limudim. Michael is a Senior Vice President at HBO, overseeing dramatic series production. Prior to HBO, Michael served as Senior Vice President at Scott Free Productions, where he served as a producer on such films as Prometheus, Robin Hood and Cyrus. Before that, Michael was Vice President at Scott Rudin Productions. He received his AB from Dartmouth College in Government, and JD from New York University School of Law.
Yoni joined the IKAR board in 2010 and assumed the role of treasurer in 2011. He is actively involved in the development activities of the board and in providing advice and direction with regard to the growth of IKAR’s Early Childhood Center. Professionally, Yoni is an attorney at Athene Asset Management, a subsidiary of Apollo Global Management that manages assets for the Athene insurance companies and other third party insurance companies. Prior to Athene, Yoni practiced general corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Yoni has a BA from UC Berkeley and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.
Ethan first came to IKAR in its early years but remained on the fringes until falling in love with core IKARite Lirona Kadosh, who — along with IKAR– drew him into the community. After brief careers in film production, radio and computer consulting, Ethan has been creating websites since the early esoteric days of the Internet. He founded the website for KCRW and co-created one of the first online serials. Since 1998, he has been a partner at kapow, inc. which specializes in online design, development and consulting for major non-profits and cultural institutions. Ethan is a proud native Angeleno and an alumnus of Sinai Temple Religious School, LA Hebrew High, LA Ulpan and Camp Ramah, as well as Beverly Hills High School and Yale. He’s happy to have found such a warm and welcoming Jewish community that so beautifully blends action, progressive ideals, serious discourse and casual attire.
Todd joined the IKAR board in 2008 after many years as an active member. Todd assumed the role of Vice Chairman in May 2009, and his primary responsibilities include development and community relations. Todd also serves on the board of the Tufts University Communications/Media Studies Program. He is a volunteer teacher at the Open School of LAUSD. He is a television executive whose recent credits include Co-Executive Producer-Nashville, Co-Executive Producer-Pan Am, Co-Executive Producer – The Good Wife/CBS, Executive Producer-The Unit/CBS and Supervising Producer – Rome/CBS. Todd is a graduate of Tufts University.
Fred has served on the IKAR Board of Directors since May 2008, becoming Board Chair in January, 2009. Focusing on development and structuring the organization for growth, Fred worked closely with IKAR’s Executive Director and professional staff to create a board that can raise money effectively and support the multi-faceted activities of IKAR. Fred is a founding partner in Reason Ventures and heads business development for Critical Mass Studios and Rightsline following the companies’ recent merger. Fred has previously served as Executive Director of Jewish World Watch, a non-profit that fights genocide happening today, and as President and General Manager of Withoutabox.com, the film festival submission system that was acquired by IMDB.com. He served as Chair and Treasurer of Nick Karno’s 2010 campaign for State Assembly, and has produced two feature films. He has a BA from the University of South Florida.
Mo joined the board in November 2014. He found IKAR in 2009 while “Shul Shopping” with his (then soon-to-be) wife, Lauren. Ikar was the perfect balance of enthusiastic progressivism and right-minded traditionalism to help blend his Orthodox background and Lauren’s Reform upbringing. Mo grew up in Johannesburg and after stints in Israel, Montreal, and Boston, he attended Brandeis University where he majored in Political Science. Mo spent 13 years with 1105 Media where he most recently served as Chief Operating Officer. After leaving 1105 Media in 2013, he founded a tech startup, Business Advisory Board, which helps small businesses make better purchasing decisions. He is an alumnus of the Jewish Federation’s New Leaders Project and is an active participant in the Pro-Israel Young Professionals Political Network. In professional circles Mo goes by his first name, Abraham (his middle name is Moshe). Mo and Lauren have a daughter Livi who is excited to attend the IKAR ECC in the Fall of 2015.
Greg joined the board in November 2014. He first heard about IKAR back in 2004 from his old camp counselor, who emailed a lot of camp people in LA about this wonderful place called IKAR and that they should come check it out together. Greg showed up, was hooked, and has been involved ever since. He chaired the Shabbaton, co-founded the 20s/30s group TRIBE, runs the annual Purim Shpiel, worked with the teen group, and even hosted trivia night at TRIBE’s Hanukkah party. Greg is a TV writer hailing all the way from North Hollywood and has worked on such shows as “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office,” and “ER.” He is a huge lover of sleepaway camp and went to and worked at Camp Alonim in Simi Valley for over 20 years. He attended USC Film School where he received his BFA in Writing for Screen & Television but weirdly never went to a single football game.
Marty joined the board in April 2012 after serving as a key lay leader in Minyan Tzedek, our social justice organizing project. She continues that work and is also a key member of the building search and architectural selection committee. She does architectural design and has also worked with exceptional but underserved minority youth and taught hearing impaired middle and high school students. She has served on the board of the L.A. Chapter of the A.C.L.U. and served as Vice President of another Los Angeles temple prior to joining IKAR. Marty has a BA in Special Education, a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA.
Annie joined the IKAR Board of Directors in January 2009 and currently serves as Board Secretary. Annie is a staff attorney at Public Counsel, a public interest law firm in Los Angeles. She is an active volunteer in many local Jewish and justice organizations and is a board member of LA Family Housing, a housing and service provider for homeless and formerly homeless families Annie received her BA and JD from Columbia University.
Adam has been a member of the IKAR Board since 2005. Professionally, Adam is the founder and President/CEO of CornerstoneOnDemand, a publicly held enterprise software company. Adam is extensively involved with the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation and the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. He has also done work with Heal the Bay. Adam has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD and MBA from UCLA.
After many years as an active member of the IKAR community and a founding member of IKAR’s Leadership Council, Scott joined the board in 2009. Scott has been a leader in the planning, development, and implementation of IKAR’s innovative Minyan Tzedek program, designed to engage every member of IKAR in specific social justice projects. Professionally, Scott Minkow is the Vice President of Partnerships and Innovation for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Scott has worked in fundraising, planning, and community relations within the Jewish community for 14 years. Prior to his current position, Scott was the Program Officer for the Righteous Persons Foundation, a charitable fund established by Steven Spielberg dedicated to the strengthening and revitalization of Jewish life in the United States. Scott holds a BA in American Studies from Stanford University, an MA in Jewish Communal Service from HUC, and a Masters in Social Work from USC. He is a fellow of the Selah Leadership Program through Jewish Funds for Justice.
David was a founding family of IKAR in 2004 and recently joined IKAR’s board to lend his talents and expertise to IKAR’s development and fundraising efforts. When not at IKAR, David is the President of Entertainment of Showtime Networks and is responsible for developing, acquiring and supervising all aspects of programming for all of the Showtime Networks channels. Prior to joining Showtime, David was an Emmy Award winning producer and veteran network and studio programming executive. He served as President of Imagine Television, Executive Vice President of Programming at Fox Broadcasting Company, and Senior Vice President for Primetime Series at NBC. David has a BA from Amherst College.
Erin joined the board in December 2013. She has worked in journalism for nearly 20 years, including as a staff writer for the L.A. Daily News. She also worked at Deloitte & Touche, training client service professionals on knowledge management and developing the company’s global intranet. She was drawn to IKAR because of its emphasis on real social action. She currently sits on the Advocacy Committee and Speakers’ Bureau of Jewish World Watch. She is a PSIA-certified ski instructor for people with cognitive and physical disabilities. She also sits on the Wildwood School Board of Trustees and its Development Committee. She enjoys mountain biking in the Rockies and whitewater kayaking on the rivers of Ecuador.
David Thorpe (Treasurer)
David joined the board in April 2012 and has been actively involved in development and a key member of the Early Childhood Center committee. He is also a member of J Street’s National Finance Committee. Professionally, David is an attorney and co-founder of Dietrich Siben Thorpe LLP, a boutique law firm that focuses on representing institutional investors in recovering investment losses due to fraud.
Rachel joined the board in December 2013. She is grateful that she found a home at IKAR since moving to LA a few years ago. She received her B.A. in English from Washington University, where she met her husband Jason and reconciled his Reform and her semi-Conservamodernorothox background. After college, she attended law school at Cardozo where she was acquisitions editor of the Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. Rachel works as an in-house attorney for the luxury brand Chanel and serves on the board of the Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars Sinai and the L.A. Regional Board of Indego Africa, a nonprofit social enterprise that supports women artisans in Rwanda. She hails from Baltimore with two sets of grandparents who were machers in their respective synagogues – so joining the IKAR board felt like a bit of a homecoming.