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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.



Amy Friedman Cecil
 Amy Cecil
 Walk and Community Development Director

Amy joined JWW professionally as Walk Development Director after many years as a devoted volunteer, event docent and SAC volunteer facilitator. She has primary responsibility for each of the Walk to End Genocide events, but is also involved in and passionate about all of JWW’s fundraising and awareness building.

Before attending American Jewish University (AJU) to obtain a MBA in Nonprofit Management, Amy practiced law for more than 27 years and taught elementary school for LAUSD. She is a partner in the philanthropic organization Los Angeles Social Venture Partners, co-chair of the 2012-13 AJU Women’s Lunch & Learn program, and taught a seminar in business writing skills for AJU MBA students in Spring 2013.

Amy and her husband, Tom, a partner in the Encino law firm Lewitt Hackman, have two amazing sons, Max and Zachary.



Jessica Hirt
 Jessica Hirt
 Director of Partnerships and Engagement

Jessica Hirt joined JWW in August 2015 as the new Director of Partnerships and Engagement. Jessica is looking forward to getting to know the wonderful supporters of JWW and build lasting relationships in the Los Angeles community and beyond. Jessica has over 10 years’ experience in non-profit and for profit organizations in the areas of public affairs, communications and professional development, both in the United States and Europe. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Augsburg, Germany and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics-Business from Agnes Scott College, Georgia.


Rachel Wallace
Rachel Wallace
Youth Engagement Coordinator


Rachel’s first introduction to Jewish World Watch was through a high school club. She now joins JWW professionally as its Youth Engagement Coordinator, combining her interests in foreign affairs, human rights, youth, and activism. She spent this past year as a Staff Leader on the academic gap year program, KIVUNIM: New Directions, guiding college-age students as she traveled with them to 12 countries, exploring history, cultures, and politics. Prior to that, she worked in Philly as a Repair The World Fellow, working with refugee families and volunteering in local public schools. She is a 2013 UC Santa Cruz Phi Beta Kappa graduate, and double majored in Legal Studies and Psychology. While an undergraduate, she spent six months in Ghana researching the Ghanaian education system and exploring the ins and outs of the country. She also spent time in Washington DC as a University of California Public Service Fellow researching US foreign policy for a DC think tank. During her free time, Rachel enjoys Capoeira (Brazilian Martial Arts), modern dance, and running.


Jan Snider
 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.


Candace Hernandez
 Candice Hernandez
 Administrative/Accounting Assistant

Candice Hernandez has over 10 years in administration and bookkeeping experience working with non-profits in Los Angeles and New York. She graduated with a B.A. in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, NY, however, decided to go down a different path and work in the non-profit field to help others.