Jeremiah Fellowship Participants

Bay Area 2015

Gavin Baker

Gavin Baker is a graduate student at Florida State University, completing his M.S. in Library and Information Studies. His thesis project looks at appellants under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. Previously, Gavin worked as Open Government Policy Analyst at the Center for Effective Government in Washington, D.C., researching government transparency. He also held positions at the American Library Association, Open Access News, and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. Gavin received his B.A. in political science from the University of Florida. He lives in Sacramento.

Sophie Gordon

Sophie was raised in San Diego, CA and attended college at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA where they received a Bachelors in Liberal Arts. Through their studies of social justice, education, incarceration politics and poetic theater, they became committed to reimagining and co-creating a leadership community of social transformation. Much of Sophie’s politics are rooted in Jewish tradition and honoring their cultural identity and history as an activist and ally. Sophie is an enthused cyclist and has been riding with the Challenged Athlete's Foundation since 2012. They have since learned to strongly value the role physical activity plays in developing happy, healthy, and supportive communities. Sophie’s long term goals are geared towards building support networks and mentorships opportunities for queer and at risk youth. In Sophie's free time they enjoy riding bikes, eating cookies, and spending time with their friends and family.

Aaron Lerner

Aaron comes to the Jeremiah fellowship with a great deal of passion for the intersections of Judaism, faith, and social justice. Aaron first began organizing as an Interfaith Youth Core campus fellow his sophomore year, raising awareness around issues of youth homelessness at the University of Washington. The following year he spent a year abroad in Istanbul, Turkey, studying the history of relations between religious communities in that country while enjoying the awesomeness of Turkish food and hospitality. Upon his return from Turkey, Aaron partook in several anti-sweatshop campaigns with the United Students Against Sweatshops. Aaron is also an alumni of Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps, and currently works as a Behavior Interventionist for children with Autism. This past summer, having attended Union Theological Seminary's faith and social justice conference, Aaron comes fired up ready to make an impact on issues of social, racial, and economic justice. In his spare time, Aaron can be scene philosophizing while listening to music and enjoying the warm California sun.

Emily Linden

Emily is a Jewish gal from the Midwest, originally hailing from Michigan. She has lived in the East Bay for the past 4.5 years, and loves exploring the area. She spent nearly 4 years working for UC Berkeley Hillel and now works for the Philz Coffee home office. Outside of work, Emily loves spending time with her husband, family and friends, playing tennis competitively and volunteering for a few local organizations.

Ash Lynette

Ash Lynette is a part-time rabble-rouser and a full-time rugby fan. She currently serves as the Community Case Manager for a domestic violence agency in south county. She is a recent Brandeis grad hailing from the East coast. Ash happily moved to the Bay upon discovering the delicacies it has to offer, such as acro yoga and easy access to mountains.

Alexandra Mandel

Alex Mandel is a Philadelphia native and graduate of American University's School of International Service in Washington, DC. As a student she studied abroad in Tel Aviv where she worked with African refugees from Eritrea and Sudan at the African Refugee Development Center. Upon returning for her senior year at AU she created an alternative break trip based on this issue and led ten of her fellow students back to Israel for a two week long service-learning opportunity. After graduation Alex joined Project TEN, the Jewish Agency's worldwide service-learning program, in Hyderabad, India as a Program Coordinator. While there she managed daily operations and was responsible for designing and teaching the programs social justice curriculum. After her post, Alex relocated to the Bay Area to serve as Project TEN's North American Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator. Alex is passionate about an array of social justice issues, traveling, ethnic food, and live music. She is thrilled to join the Bend the Arc community as a Jeremiah Fellow and looks forward to working on issues of social justice closer to home.

Ilana Master

Ilana is a recent Bay Area transplant originally from Brooklyn, NY. She studied American Studies and Urban Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. She waits tables at an Italian restaurant and enjoys swimming, biking, reading, cooking, and sleeping in her free time. She is interested in racial and economic justice and their intersections- particularly as they relate to affordable housing, public education, transportation, and reproductive health.

Rose Mendelsohn

Rose is a recent Oakland transplant, having just moved from Boston where she spent her previous 22 years. She got involved in a workers' rights group on her university campus, and was drawn in by the amazing potential for many types of anti-oppression work to converge in the labor movement. Because of this she decided to give union organizing a try, which is how she ended up organizing California child care providers with SEIU. At school she also played rugby, led wilderness trips, and worked on a number of projects with some beautiful student activists. She loves hiking, food, and miniature things.

Susannah Nachenberg

Susannah Nachenberg studied social justice movements at UC Santa Cruz for her undergraduate degree. During that time she also completed a 6-month field study in Israel/Palestine. Susannah has been involved in organizing around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for 5 years. She is excited to have the opportunity to be working on important domestic issues through a model inspired by Judaism and social justice.

Sarah Olstein

Sarah recently moved to the Bay Area on a whim after growing up in Maine and going to college in Boston (and it was the best decision she's ever made). She studied American Studies and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and focused her research on radical feminist health movements in the 1970s and their influence on women's reproductive health care today. She currently works as a Patient Advocate at One Medical Group, and comes to the Jeremiah fellowship with a particular interest in the intersection of health care and criminal justice reform. Her favorite hobbies are dancing in any/all capacities, bedazzling her nails, and finding new ways to cook and eat eggs. Her (not-so-shameful) vices include bad puns and an undying love for Lana Del Rey.