Mark B. Levin, Executive Director
Lesley L. Weiss, Deputy Director
David S. Shulman, Senior Program Associate
Anna Chukhno, Research and Community Outreach Coordinator
Maksym Beznosiuk, Research Fellow
Anna Bondareva, Event Coordinator
Mark B. Levin, Executive Director of NCSEJ (former NCSJ) since 1992, is one of the organized Jewish community’s leading experts on national and international political and legislative issues.
In November 2008, Mr. Levin was the Soviet Jewry Freedom Award recipient at the Boston-based Russian Jewish Community Foundation's annual gala. In September 2008, Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko awarded him the Order of Merit medal in New York City. And, in June 2006, Mr. Levin was honored for 25 years of distinguished service with NCSEJ at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Levin has served three times as a Public Member of the U.S. Delegation to meetings of the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE): the October 2004 Human Dimensions Implementation Meeting, in Warsaw, the June 2003 Conference on Anti-Semitism, in Vienna, and the November 1994 Review Meeting, in Budapest. In addition, Mr. Levin has represented NCSEJ at many other OSCE meetings, and served as a Public Advisor for the U.S. Delegation to the OSCE's April 2004 Berlin Conference on Anti-Semitism.
Mr. Levin is a leader in the organized Jewish community effort to support financial and technical assistance to the former Soviet Union, and has traveled extensively, representing NCSEJ and the Soviet Jewry advocacy movement. In October 1992, Mr. Levin was the Scholar-in-Residence for the UJA Young Leadership Chazak Mission to Russia and Israel. Mr. Levin made his first trip to Russia in 1982, leading a Congressional delegation which met with Soviet officials and Jewish activists. He organized the First International Parliamentary Spouses for Soviet Jews Conference in Washington, DC. Mr. Levin played an instrumental role in the creation of the Congressional Coalition for Soviet Jews – one of the largest Congressional caucuses ever formed. He has also represented NCSEJ at Democratic and Republican National Conventions since 1980.
In December 1987, as a member of the Summit Task Force, Mr. Levin was a key figure in organizing the Washington Mobilization on behalf of Soviet Jews which brought more than 250,000 people to the nation’s capital. In 2002, he again worked closely with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and other NCSEJ member agencies to organize the massive April 15 National Rally for Israel.
From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Levin served as Director of the NCSEJ’s Washington office. He has been a member of the organization’s professional staff since 1980. Prior to coming to NCSJ, he worked for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Mr. Levin is a graduate of the University of Maryland.
Lesley L. Weiss is Deputy Director. She travels frequently to the former Soviet Union, where she coordinates democracy initiatives, community education and outreach efforts, and promotes partnerships between American Jewish communities and communities in the region. She monitors compliance by the governments of the region in the areas of free emigration and religious and cultural rights.
Lesley has extensive experience in program development and fundraising, community relations, legislative outreach, hate crimes training, combating anti-Semitism, and Holocaust education. She has worked closely with the governments of the former Soviet Union and the Jewish communities in the region on the restitution and preservation of Jewish communal property.
Lesley served in 2005 as a Public Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the OSCE Conference on Anti-Semitism and Intolerance in Cordoba, Spain, and in 2007, to the follow-up Conference on Combating Discrimination and Promoting Mutual Respect and Understanding in Bucharest, Romania. In addition, she has represented NCSEJ at other OSCE meetings, including the 2006 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, and the 2010 Conference on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination in Astana, Kazakhstan. In April 2011, President Obama appointed Lesley as a Member of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, and in March 2013, the President announced her appointment as Chair of the Commission.
Lesley previously positions include Associate Director of the Washington, D.C. Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League where she organized and led missions to Eastern Europe to investigate anti-Semitism, monitored activities of extremist groups, directed a national diversity training institute focusing on racial, religious, and ethnic prejudice for Washington area educators, developed a Holocaust education and anti-Semitism awareness program for Catholic school educators, and investigated and resolved cases of individual discrimination complaints.
Lesley Weiss is a graduate of the Baltimore Institute for Jewish Communal Service (now the Darrell D. Friedman Institute). She received a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies from American University, a Master’s Degree in social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and a Master’s Degree in modern Jewish history from the Baltimore Hebrew University.
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As Senior Program Associate, David S. Shulman supports the governmental relations work of NCSEJ, tracking legislation, researching and reporting on regional developments, drafting policy documents, and producing publications. He attends Congressional hearings and other briefings, and organizes and staffs events.
David formerly worked as a staff assistant for then-U.S. Representative Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), with legislative responsibilities for defense, veterans affairs, and crime prevention. He has also interned at the Washington offices of the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in political science from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, a top ten liberal arts college, where he was co-president of the Jewish student association. He participated in Birthright Israel in 2002, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Government at Johns Hopkins University.
As Research and Community Outreach Coordinator, Anna Chukhno monitors legislation, researches and reports on regional developments, produces publications, attends hearings and briefings, and helps to organize and staff NCSEJ events.
Prior to coming to NCSEJ, Anna interned for a variety of non-profit organizations focused on democracy, civil society building, and public health. She is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian and has worked in Eastern Europe and Southern Africa.
Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, with distinction in Foreign Affairs and a specialization in Russia and Eastern Europe.
As a Research Fellow, Maksym Beznosiuk closely monitors daily news, conducts research, writes reports, and attends briefing and hearings for NCSEJ.
Maksym worked on clean technology issues and Ukraine's renewable energy market at the Renewable Energy Center. He has also interned at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and in Ukraine for the United Nations Development Programme.
Maksym earned a Bachelor's Degree with Honors in International Relations and International Law as well as a Specialist's Degree with Honors in Public International Law from the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University Institute of International Relations.Recently, he was awarded a Chevening Scholarship (funded by the UK government) and earned an LL.M. in Global Environment and Climate Change Law at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Event Coordinator Anna Bondareva organizes events for NCSEJ, speaks directly with Jewish community leaders in the region, and attends hearings and briefings on regional topics. She also creates content for and maintains the NCSEJ.org site.
Anna previously worked as marketing manager for a commercial firm in Moscow. She interned in marketing for Malev, Hungary's national airline, and volunteered as a teacher in India. Anna holds a BA in Global Marketing from Regent’s Business School London and a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster Graduate School in London.