Interim Executive Director
Patti Koltnow has the resume of a mercenary and the soul of an altruist.
The self-described “total child of the ’60s,” an anti-Vietnam War marcher in college, didn’t embrace her do-gooder side and dive into nonprofit work until she was 50. But in the past decade, she has become a rare force among non-profit organizations, making a career of jumping from one nonprofit to another in a series of “interim” executive positions. She has successfully led LA’s YWCA, the Literacy Network of Greater Los Angeles, Temple Beth Shir Sholom, LA’s Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Women Against Gun Violence.
She joins the Jewish World Watch team with passion and keen intellect, with the expertise to drive the organization fruitfully through the current term while working to find a new executive director to whom she can confidently pass the torch.
Outgoing Assistant Director
Naama Haviv, who holds an MA/ABD in Comparative Genocide from Clark University, joined JWW’s team in April 2007. In this role, Naama directs the organization’s policy and advocacy work to end genocide and mass atrocities, manages JWW’s programs and works with JWW’s international partners to ensure the strength and quality of JWW-supported relief and development projects for Sudan and Congo. Before joining Jewish World Watch, Ms. Haviv created and managed educational programs for Relief International, connecting students from the US to students in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, and the West Bank, and she held research positions with the Institute for the Study of Genocide, the Middle East Media Research Institute, and the American Anti-Slavery Group.
Naama lives in Los Angeles with her husband Greg and their daughter Lena.
Chief Operating Officer
Jan not only assures our office runs smoothly on a day to day basis but also has helped JWW effectively streamline its operation. In 1985, Jan and her husband Doug started one of the nation’s first Interconnect companies, which they owned and operated for 25 years. Jan is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts. Jan and Doug, along with their children Zach and Aleah, are active members of Congregation Kol Tikvah.
Elisabeth (Liz) Braun
Liz, a graduate from UC Berkeley, decided to take her English degree and go down the most obvious path: genocide activism. Since starting at JWW in September 2009, she has served in a variety of capacities. Under her current position, she facilitates JWW’s advocacy campaigns, spearheads JWW’s annual genocide risk assessment, maintains a dialogue with local congressional representatives, and more.
Youth Engagement Coordinator
As a southern California native, Eden grew up in the local Jewish community, and gained her passion for tikkun olam and Jewish communal service through involvement with organizations such as BBYO, University Synagogue (Irvine), Long Beach Hillel, the Orange County BJE, Jewlicious Festivals, and Camp Alonim. She received her BA in Business and MBA in Nonprofit Management in May 2013 from American Jewish University, where she served on student government and as a resident advisor. She is currently a resident in Moishe House LA, a home-based Jewish community for young adults, and sits on the steering committee for LimmudLA. She is very excited to share her passion for changing the world with the next generation, and to be a part of the incredible team at Jewish World Watch.
Michelle Westmiller Malkin
Interim Community Engagement Coordinator
Michelle W. Malkin recently graduated from Hebrew Union College’s Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management and the University of Southern California with degrees in Jewish Nonprofit Management and Public Administration. Her research focused on civic engagement habits among Jews in Los Angeles. Prior to graduate school, Michelle was the Student Activist Organizer for Jewish World Watch, the Jeremiah Fellowship Coordinator for Progressive Jewish Alliance, the High School Youth Director of Congregation Or Ami, and earned a certificate in Experimental Education from Hebrew Union College. Michelle is a proud alum of California State University, Northridge.
Currently Michelle serves as the Membership Chair for the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California, sits on the board of Temple Sinai of Glendale, and coordinates the mentorship program for the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management.
She is married to Barak Malkin, Community Manager at Temple Sinai of Glendale, and lives in North Hollywood.
Michelle came to JWW in April 2015 with more than ten years of administrative, customer service, and bookkeeping experience. She holds Expert Certification in Microsoft Word and has advanced proficiency in QuickBooks and other software applications. Her great skill and sunny disposition have been a wonderful addition to JWW!