Mark B. Levin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO
Lesley L. Weiss, Deputy Director
David Pasmanik, Program Officer
Ilya Bezruchko, Ukraine Representative
She 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, the 2010 Conference on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination in Astana, Kazakhstan and the 2014 Berlin Conference on Anti-Semitism. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Working Group on Anti-Semitism in the former Soviet Union at the 2013 Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism Conference in Jerusalem.
In April 2011, President Obama appointed Ms. Weiss as a Member of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad. She served as Chair of the Commission from January 2013 until October 2017. She also serves as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
In April 2013, Ms. Weiss served as a member of a U.S. Presidential Delegation to Poland for the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. She was also a member of the U.S. Presidential Delegation to Poland for the opening of the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews in 2014.
A daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Ms. Weiss accompanied her mother, Irene Weiss to the 70th commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz in January 2015. She was with her mother in Germany, where her mother was a co-plaintiff in the trials of former SS Sergeants Oskar Groening (2015) and Reinhold Hanning (2016).
Ms. 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.
Ilya Bezruchko is NCSEJ's Ukraine representative on the ground. Ilya is a journalist and blogger based in Kyiv, and travel throughout Ukraine, reporting directly on the well-being of Jewish communities. He maintains contact with Ukraine's government and the diplomatic community, particular the U.S. and Israeli embassies. Ilya Bezruchko has worked at Kyiv's Jewish News One Channel. He is a member of the Union of Progressive Judaism in Ukraine's coordinating council and a leader in the Netzer Youth Movement in Ukraine.
Mark B. Levin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO 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.
Meeting in Warsaw, Poland, the June 2003 Conference on Anti-Semitism in Vienna, Austria, and the November 1994 Review Meeting in Budapest, Hungary. 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.
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.
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): at the October 2004 Human Dimensions Implementation
Lesley L. Weiss is the Deputy Director of NCSEJ. She travels frequently to Eurasia and Eastern Europe, 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 works closely with the governments and the Jewish communities in the region on the restitution and preservation of Jewish communal property.
David Pasmanik is NCSEJ’s Program Officer, where he monitors Russian-language international media, researches the foreign policy of post-Soviet states, and drafts memos for meetings between U.S. and foreign diplomatic representatives from post-Soviet Eurasia.
David holds a B.S. in Diplomacy & International Affairs and a B.A. in Economics from Seton Hall University, as well as a minor in Russian language. As a young foreign policy professional, he is passionate about Eurasian Affairs, the Foreign Policy of post-Soviet States, and the Levant region. David’s work has appeared in Forbes Energy Column and for the Middle East Media Research Institute’s (MEMRI) Russian Media Studies Project.
David's experience in the post-Soviet and Israeli foreign policy spaces has included internships under Dr. Leon Aron at the American Enterprise Institute, Dr. Ariel Cohen at International Market Analysis, Itai Bardov at the Embassy of Israel to the United States, and at the United States Peace Corps in Washington; at the World Jewish Congress’ Jewish Diplomatic Corps and at the Institute of Modern Russia in New York City; and for MEMRI’s Russian Media Studies Project and the New Israel Fund's Negev Council in Tel-Aviv and Be'er Sheva, respectively, in Israel.
David holds a certificate in Russian language from the Faculty of Philology at Saint Petersburg State University in Russia.