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Patti Koltnow
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.


Mike Brand
Mike Brand
Director of Policy and Programs

Mike Brand joined the JWW team in April 2015 as the Director of Policy and Programs. Mike is an atrocities prevention and human rights professional with over eight years’ experience in policy, advocacy, organizing and informal education. Throughout his career Mike has worked for various NGOs in the US, Rwanda and South Sudan. He holds a Master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University and BA’s in History and Political Science from the University of Connecticut. Mike authored “Preventing Mass Atrocities: A Three Pronged Approach to Comprehensive Prevention” which was featured in the Journal of International Service, has been published in The Hill, and has engaged in countless speaking engagements. Mike was a 2010 Jewish Service Corps fellow where he spent a year living and working at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Carl Wilkens Fellowship and was a 2011 Fellow. Born and raised on Long Island and having spent time in DC, Mike is new to the West Coast and is looking forward to avoiding the harsh winters.

Jan Snider
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
Advocacy Manager

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.


Eden Banarie
Eden Banarie
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 Reid
Administrative/Accounting Assistant

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!