Staff

Dov Wilker/ Regional Director

Dov recently returned to Atlanta and American Jewish Committee after earning his International MBA from Tel Aviv University and working in the private sector for an Israeli Software start-up that focused on feedback and consumer engagement. Dov previously served as AJC Atlanta’s Assistant Director for two and a half years, where he led AJC’s public affiars efforts on a local and national level. Dov was selected to participate in the United States’ first professional exchange to South Asia, when he visited Sri Lanka in the summer of 2009, just months after the end of their Civil War. In Sri Lanka, Dov consulted with leaders in both the private and public sector on Diaspora relations. Dov began his career working as the Director of Academic and Community Affairs for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Southeastern United States. Dov is married to Juliana Jacobson of Wichita, KS and has a daughter.

Amanda Arnovitz La Kier/ Director of Development

Amanda joined AJC Atlanta in March 2011, after serving most recently, as the Nationwide Director of Corporate Initiatives at the American Cancer Society. Prior to working at ACS, Amanda served as the Deputy Director for the Democratic Party of Georgia. Amanda studied at Ohio University, where she was a member of the Board of Trustees.

Lindsay Hirsch / Assistant Regional Director

Since October 2010, Lindsay has been the Director of Academic and Jewish Affairs for the Consulate General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico. She has worked in the Jewish Communal world for the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, and Hofstra Hillel in a variety of community based programs, engagement work, and networking among diverse groups of leaders. Lindsay obtained a Master of Public Administration degree from Norwich University in 2009 and her B.A. in Religious Studies from Florida State University.

Brenda Michell / Office Manager

Atlanta native, Brenda Mitchell, has been with AJC Atlanta since October 2011. Brenda returned to Atlanta in 1990 after 14 years in Europe where she lived with her late husband, Igor Cassini, and their two sons, Nick and Dimitri. Prior to joining AJC Atlanta, Brenda worked at Temple Sinai. Favorite hobbies include trips to the Dekalb Farmer’s Market, spending hours in the kitchen concocting recipes, travel, photography, and the study of Judaism.

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Kenny Blank/ Executive Director

Kenny has spent over 10 years working as a broadcast journalist and communications specialist. Most recently, he has served as an executive producer for WXIA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia. During his tenure there, Kenny brought tremendous ratings growth to the early morning newscast, “11Alive News Today,” receiving an Emmy award for managing breaking news coverage. Previously, Kenny was a producer with WSAV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Savannah, where he won an Associated Press award for special coverage of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.

During the early 1990s, Kenny served as a communications specialist for two Atlanta mayors, Maynard Jackson and Bill Campbell. In 1992, Kenny received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from New York University in both Journalism and Mass Communication (College of Arts and Science); and Film and Television (Tisch School of the Arts). Kenny has a personal passion for theater and film, and is an active supporter of the arts. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and holds board positions with the Woodruff Arts Center; Alliance Theatre; and Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund.

Both he and his wife, Nancy, are actively involved in the philanthropic work of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. They are the parents of two children.

Brad Pilcher / AJFF Assistant Director

Lesli Greenberg / Development Coordinator

Jeanette Gregory / Administrative Coordinator

Global Forum