Meet our US Board of Directors
Michael Burnham, Co-Chair
Michael Burnham has practiced mindful meditation for forty years, and earned a credential to teach Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in 2015 from the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness. He was co-founder and CEO of My Next Phase a non-financial retirement planning company, Partner in PlumTree Ventures, a private equity group, and CEO of Lewis Supply Company. A C.P.A., Michael earned his Masters of Science in Accounting at the Northeastern University Graduate School of Professional Accounting, after earning a BA from Sarah Lawrence. He loves his two adult sons and wife of thirty five years.
Joe Green, Co-Chair
Joe Green is a social entrepreneur who has spent his career addressing significant challenges by marrying technology with community organizing. He is co-founder and chairman of Treehouse, an organization that builds communal housing apartment buildings in Los Angeles. He is also a co-founder and President of the Psychedelic Science Funders Collaborative, a donor network that supports research and clinical trials of physician-prescribed psychedelic medicines. Joe co-founded Causes, which empowered more than 100 million people to make an impact; NationBuilder, a leading software provider for organizers; and FWD.us, which has mobilized the tech community around immigration and criminal justice reform.
Karen Herron is engaged in efforts to work toward economic, racial, and gender equality and religious pluralism. She was introduced to Or HaLev through the visionary Jennie Litvak, z”l, and is devoted to continuing Jennie’s mission of transforming the Israeli spiritual landscape with Jewish mindfulness practice. Through the Tikkun Olam Women's Foundation of Greater Washington, Karen pursues new opportunities to foster social change for women and girls in Israel and the Greater DC community.
Stephanie Pell, Esq., Secretary
Stephanie Pell is a long-time student of Or HaLev, legal consultant, a mom and dual citizen of the US and Israel. She holds degrees in law and public health, where she focused on sociomedical sciences, forced migration and human rights. Stephanie worked as a foreign law clerk at the Supreme Court in Israel and in the course of her studies worked with the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the West Bank, and other human rights organizations. She has published work on the intersection of gender and demography in the West Bank.
Jonathan Tassoff, Treasurer
With a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Jonathan is founding director of Digital Solutions. A perennial seeker, he is a devotee of yoga and meditation and a student at Yeshivat Hadar and the Pardes Institute.
Or Mars is a Vice President of The Wexner Foundation where he focuses on the development of Jewish professional and volunteer leaders in North America, and public leaders in Israel. Or has worked in many different Jewish organizations (JCCs of Los Angeles, the Brandeis-Bardin Institute, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Jewish Family Services and the JCC of Manhattan) and has studied at various Jewish organizations (Hebrew University, the Pardes Institute, the Hartman Institute, The Jewish Theological Seminary). He currently sits on the JPRO Network. Or is the founder and facilitator of the Jewish Meditation Project of Columbus.
Alan is a Managing Director at the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, where he co-manages the Puerto Rico Fund for Growth. After a 35 year career in law where he worked with start-ups and venture capital, Alan enjoys splitting his time between CDVCA, Jewish mindfulness practice and text study, a regular regime of Pilates and yoga and cooking. He got his B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University and his J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law