Board of Advisors

Rabbi Earl Bowen, Jr.​, Ph.D

Co-founder

Rabbi Bowen is one of the spiritual leaders of Congregation Temple Beth’El in Philadelphia. He received his Ph.D. in the School of Human Service Professions from Widener University and MSW from the School of Social Administration at Temple University. Rabbi Bowen also works as a Behavioral Therapist in the Office of Student Affairs at Lincoln University and previously as Lecturer at Bryn Mawr College in the Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research.


David Edman

Co-founder

David is happily retired after a 42 year consulting career in health finance, health economics, and managed healthcare. Throughout his business and entrepreneurial career, he was involved in Israel advocacy and other community activities, including AIPAC, on the Board of the Middle East Forum, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the Israel & World Jewry Affairs Committee of the Philadelphia Jewish Federation, and a member of two synagogues where he served on the Board of Trustees.


Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen is the Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters providing youth mentoring programs to children in Southeastern PA and Southern NJ and the third largest Big Brothers Big Sisters Agency in the nation. He serves on the Board of Directors for United Way, received the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Most Admired CEO” (2015), Philadelphia Tribune’s Top 10 list of Most Influential African Americans Under the Age of 40 (2013, 2010) and, many more leadership and civic awards. Prior to his business career, Marcus played basketball professionally in Europe, Israel and South America.


David Dix

David Dix is the founder and CEO of Luminous Strategies, a political consulting, marketing, and government relations firm based in Harrisburg, PA. In 2015, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs and subsequently to the Governor’s Council on Reform for the Protection of Vulnerable Populations. David also appears regularly as a panelist on Philadelphia’s ABC-6 Inside-Story, Harrisburg’s ABC27, the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN), and currently serves on the editorial board for PennLive in Harrisburg, PA.


Pastor Jonathan Ford

Pastor Ford serves as the senior pastor of Taylor Tabernacle Church, a non-denominational church located in the Cobbs Creek section of Philadelphia. He also serves as the Executive Director of Turning the TIDE, a technology and business training center affiliated with the Church, serving community residents and ex-offenders. Turning the Tide was recognized in March 2007 by the U. S. Department of Labor with it “Compassion Award” for its exemplary services and long-term success and in May 2010, Pastor Ford received the Distinguished Leadership Award from Community College of Philadelphia.


Rep. Joanna McClinton

Pennsylvania State Representative McClinton has served the 191st Legislative District since 2015 and became the first African-American and woman to be elected as the House Democratic Caucus chairman for the 2019-20 legislative session. Her professional career includes work in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender Association, and Chief Counsel to State Senator Anthony Williams. She has received public service awards and recognition for her years as a youth ministry leader, volunteer mentor, Board Member of the LaSalle University Alumni Association, and Founder of the Minority Alumni Advisory Group.


Tony Payton Jr.

Tony Payton Jr. currently serves as a partner at government relations firm David Scott Partners. Tony served for six years in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives representing the 179th Legislative District, followed by his role as Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs and Development for the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development. He has served on the boards of Mastery Charter Schools, City Year Philadelphia and the Fairmount Park Conservancy from 2013 to 2018, and as a volunteer mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania.


Bruce Pearl

Bruce Pearl is the head basketball coach at Auburn University in Alabama. In six years as head coach at Auburn, Bruce Pearl has led the Tigers to 125 wins, two Southeastern Conference championships, back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths and the program’s first ever appearance in the Final Four. Coach Pearl is a committed teacher and mentor of young men. His teams have been just as successful off the court as Auburn has had 29 graduates in five years – the most in the SEC.


Jeff Resnick

Jeff Resnick is an educator at heart, an engineer by training, and an engaged member of his local community by practice. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. Jeff’s day job is working as an eLearning Specialist for software company OSIsoft. Jeff is also a co-founder of Focus, a group dedicated to teaching young professionals how to communicate about Israel and Middle Eastern affairs, and a member of the Israel & World Jewry Affairs Committee of the Philadelphia Jewish Federation.


C. Adrienne Rhodes

Ms. Rhodes has enjoyed a distinguished career in media/special events production, government affairs, and strategic communications, holding executive positions at the Daily News of New York, UNCF, and Diane von Furstenberg, Inc. Her volunteer work includes serving as the New York Urban League Manhattan Advisory Board Chairman and as a member of the Girl Scout Council of New York board of directors. She has also helped advance the work of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, New York Association of Youth Bureaus, and other concerns. Adrienne has returned to her hometown near Philadelphia and she serves on the Community Advisory Board of WHYY, the leading PBS/NPR affiliate in the region.


Asaf Romirowsky

Asaf Romirowsky PhD, is the Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME). Romirowsky is also a fellow at the Middle East Forum, a senior nonresident research fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA)  and a Professor [Affiliate] at the University of Haifa. Trained as a Middle East historian he holds a PhD in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King’s College London, UK and has published widely on various aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict and American foreign policy in the Middle East, as well as on Israeli and Zionist history.

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