AJC Atlanta Professional Team

Dov Wilker, AJC Regional DirectorDov Wilker / Regional Director

Dov returned to Atlanta and American Jewish Committee, in November 2011, 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, where he led AJC’s public affairs efforts on a local and national level. In that position, Dov was selected to participate in the United States’ first professional exchange to South Asia, visiting Sri Lanka in the summer of 2009. Active in the community, Dov sits on the board of the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA), on the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Georgia Advisory Committee, the Advisory Council for Catholic Charities Atlanta and the Legacy Committee at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Dov began his career working at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Southeastern United States. Dov has been recognized as a '40 under 40' by both the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Atlanta Jewish Times. Most recently, Dov received the Asian American Heritage Foundation's Distinguished Community Service Award. Dov received his undergraduate degree at the University of Miami (FL) in Business Management. Dov is married to Juliana Jacobson of Wichita, KS and together they have two daughters.

Harold Hershberg / Assistant Regional Director

Harold served as the Director of Economic & Trade Affairs for the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast U.S. where he was responsible for developing and executing Israel’s strategic vision for economic and commercial diplomacy. Prior to joining the Consulate, Harold worked overseas gaining valuable cross-cultural business experience at the international law firm of Heskia-Hacmun in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Harold is a 2013 Zionist Thought and Statesmanship Jerusalem Fellow, a graduate of the Anti-Defamation League’s 2013 Glass Leadership Institute, and a recipient of the American Zionist Movement’s Helyn B. Reich Memorial Scholarship. Harold has an M.S. and B.S. from Kennesaw State University.

Jennifer Pardee / Director of Development

Jennifer brings over twelve years of development experience to her role at the AJC. Most recently, she served as Assistant Director of Advancement and Major Gifts at the Kinkaid School in Houston, where she coordinated several capital campaigns. Previously, Jennifer directed Kinkaid’s annual fund and managed special events, including the school’s centennial celebration. She also served on the development committee at Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism. Originally from Long Island, NY, Jennifer majored in art history at Princeton and has her MBA in non-profit management from University of New Mexico’s Anderson School. She is currently on the board of CORE Dance Company in Atlanta. She and her husband Mike are both avid yogis and enjoy hiking and exploring their new Georgia environs. They have two grown sons.

Brenda Mitchell / 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 Cosmology. 

Leah Gross / Assistant Director of Development

Leah Gross graduated in May 2015 from Brandeis University with a B.A. in International and Global Studies and Anthropology. She previously worked for AJC Atlanta as a Goldman Fellow in the summer of 2014. Leah has long been involved in the Jewish community. At Brandeis, Leah worked for Hillel and also taught for the Boston-area Jewish Education Program. She has spent many summers at Camp Ramah Darom both as a camper and staff member. In addition to her Jewish communal activities, Leah developed an interest in international law and human rights following her study abroad experience in The Hague, where she had the opportunity to visit various international courts and tribunals, and intern for Open Society's Justice Initiative. She enjoys spending her time with her husband Geoff, her family and friends.

Julie Katz / Goldman Bridge Fellow

Julie Katz is the Goldman Bridge Fellow for the Atlanta Regional office. She works with ACCESS to expand our ethnic and religious relationships, specifically for the young professional community. She holds Bachelors of Art in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Georgia. Before joining AJC, she spent 5 months in Israel working with Innovation: Africa, a non-profit that brings Israeli solar technology to remote African villages. She then continued her travels by backpacking in northern India. Julie's interests include Jewish engagement, religion & philosophy, and enjoying the great outdoors.