2013-2014 Jeremiah Fellows
Welcome to our Jeremiah cohort of 2013-14!
All bios up to date as of Fall 2013
Anna Schneider moved to the district three years ago, after graduating from Vassar College. Building on her academic focus on issues of inequality, she started working in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, where she's been ever since. In her spare time, Anna works with a local women's empowerment nonprofit, Fem-ex, plays basketball, and spends way too much time exploring DC coffee shops. She proudly hails from the greatest city on earth, New York--Go Giants.
Colin Ahern is a native of Sudbury, MA. He graduated from Tulane University in 2007 with a degree in Political Science and is currently a member of the active duty military stationed in the Washington, DC area. When he's not at work he enjoys running, reading, and enjoying the DC restaurant scene.
Courtney Sharpe is both a native of DC and a recent transplant. Born in the District she moved to the Houston suburbs as a child and thinks of both as home. She's been living in DC since February and works as a civil servant for General Services Administration. Previously Courtney was an AmeriCorps member in Chicago and taught English in Morocco with the Peace Corps. In her freetime she enjoys cooking, writing and spending quality time with friends. Courtney is a part of the DC Minyan and Segulah communities.
Elliott Becker works for the largest union in the United States and has spent the past sixteen months helping organize workers to fight for respect at work and the wages and benefits they deserve in far-flung locations such as El Paso, TX and Bluefield, WV. Now back in his hometown of the DC metropole, he looks forward to building worker solidarity and autonomy locally, as well as nationally. Having acquired a very old car and an even older bike, he is looking forward to broadening and deepening his relationship with the city that spawned him.
Eric Goode originally hails from the suburbs of Chicago. After earning a BA in Jewish Studies at Indiana University, he spent a year traveling; backpacking the Israel National Trail, teaching English in Madrid, and finally moving out to DC in 2011. By day he works at the Jewish Federation of Chicago on federal policy, after work hours though he enjoys competing in the country's largest competitive Karaoke league, coordinating DC Beit Midrash (a nondenominational, egalitarian Torah Study group), and listening to NPR's Planet Money and This American Life.
Jenn Queen comes to the Jeremiah Fellowship by way of a long-time passion for the intersection of Judaism and social justice, and her search for a meaningful way to give back to the DC community. An alumna of Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) and a recent Master of Public Health graduate from the George Washington University, she now works as the Field Organizing Manager for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, an interfaith reproductive justice advocacy organization. Jenn rides her bike everywhere, loves yoga, playing music and making crafty things, and is unabashedly obsessed with her pitbull mix, Bruin.
Jennifer Diamond grew up in the DC area. She moved to Baltimore for school, then Frederick for work. Upon returning from China, she moved back to Rockville as she pursued opportunities in the non-profit sector serving children and families. She enjoys yoga, hiking, traveling, dancing, and a variety of volunteer activities.
Jeremy Koulish wears many hats in his job as a Research Associate with the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute - data analyst, policy expert, project coordinator, and communications manager. Before that, he bounced around the activist world for a number of years, including work in community-based issue advocacy, and started two nonprofit organizations designed to make Capitol Hill happenings more accessible to everyday citizens. A native of New York City, Jeremy is a graduate of GWU and Williams College. While in college, he played the oboe in a semi-pro orchestra. Nowadays, he stays active with music by frequently singing karaoke, rides his bike just about everywhere, and plays a variety of sports for fun.
Kiva Zytnick arrived in DC in 2003, after spending college in New Orleans and growing up in Maryland. She has been here since--aside from a two year stint clerking for a federal district court judge in Paducah, Kentucky--and plans to call the city home for a long time. Kiva is an attorney at the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs, in the Committee's Education Project. She is also a Board Member of the Echo Hill Campership Fund, a small nonprofit that raises funds to send disadvantaged kids to a summer camp on the Eastern Shore. In her spare time, Kiva enjoys decorating her apartment with her new husband Dan, attempting to cook, and practicing yoga. She is thrilled about growing as a "social justice changemaker" through the Jeremiah Fellowship and continuing her Jewish journey after taking the Jewish Welcome Workshop at Sixth & I last year.
Lisa Yochelson is a Maryland native, with a close connection to Southern California where she graduated from the University of Redlands. After returning to her roots in DC, she became actively involved as a volunteer at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, where she now works full-time as the Cultural Programming Associate. Lisa has a passion for connecting people, creating community and bringing a positive outlook wherever she goes. Outside of her time spent at Sixth & I, Lisa’s favorite activity is to go walking on the Capital Crescent Trail. She appreciates the many cultural opportunities that DC has to offer and is thrilled to contribute and learn from her fellow Jeremiahs and those engaged with Jews United For Justice.
Micah Hauptman is a native of Los Angeles, California and has lived in Washington, D.C. since 2011. He currently works as financial policy counsel for the consumer advocacy non-profit Public Citizen, and focuses on reining in the types of excessively risky and predatory activities that led to the 2008 financial crisis. Prior to joining Public Citizen, he worked as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office. He received his B.A. from U.C.L.A. and J.D. from Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Micah enjoys playing tennis, softball, and the piano, cooking, and cheering on his beloved U.C.L.A Bruins.
Michelle Kuchinsky is in her second year in the District after graduating from Brandeis University, now working in environmental consulting for Abt Associates and helping to start the first officially recognized food cooperative in DC. She is a bike enthusiast who also competes in the District's premier karaoke league. In her fictitious spare time, she enjoys going to the drum circle, cooking Shabbat dinner, and hosting clothing swaps.
Naomi Shachter is serving a second AmeriCorps term with Reading Partners as a Senior Volunteer Coordinator, where she engages community volunteers in one-on-one literacy tutoring with elementary students in Title 1 schools. Naomi comes to DC from California, where she grew up and graduated from Stanford University with a major in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and a focus in public service. Her passion for service and education have led her to work with youth in Madrid and Cape Town and as a service-learning camp counselor. Naomi spends her free time cooking, roaming the city searching for the best coffee, and learning new dance moves.
Rachel Fauber grew up minutes away from Washington D.C., and after graduating from Towson University outside of Baltimore, Maryland she returned to the nation's capital. She currently works at the National Institute on Retirement Security, addressing the growing retirement savings crisis facing Americans. Rachel also serves on the board of directors of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Washington D.C., an organization dedicated to advancing the careers of young professionals to strengthen the nonprofit sector. Outside of work you can find Rachel perusing her neighborhood farmers market or hunting down the best cup of coffee in the city.
Randy Goldstein is a Washington D.C. native having grown up in Rockville, MD. He attended Indiana University and studied finance and accounting and now works for the Pension Resources department for the International Association of Fire Fighters. He's volunteered with Arlington Young Democrats helping out with local and national political campaigns. He enjoys playing soccer and tennis, going out on weekends to bars and grungy concert venues, and watching Mad Men and early seasons of The Simpsons. He currently resides in Shaw.
Shira Bergstein plays with planes, trains, and automobiles as a Policy Analyst for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Shira was bit by the public service bug as an intern for then-Senator Barack Obama, and has since worked for the State of Illinois and the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. Shira is loyal to her Silver Spring roots, but after spending two glorious years in Los Angeles for graduate school, also feels a kindred connection to the City of Angels. Shira has a mean spice collection to support her cooking adventures and is excited to become a more informed and engaged DC resident through the Jeremiah Fellowship.