Meet the Team

Susan Freudenheim

Executive Director

Susan Freudenheim was Executive Editor of the Jewish Journal from 2011-2016 and Managing Editor from 2006-2011. She oversaw the weekly newspaper’s editorial staff, assigning and editing news, features, arts and editorial columnists; she also occasionally wrote articles and columns for the Jewish Journal and other publications.

She spent 13 years as an editor and staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, including serving as a longtime arts editor, a senior position in the Times’ Calendar Section. Susan has also written for the New York Times and other national magazines and newspapers.

Having also served in a wide array of volunteer roles at Temple Israel of Hollywood, Susan brings a host of managerial, team-building and administrative skills to Jewish World Watch. She is proud to be part of an organization she has watched grow since its inception, and about whose cause she feels deeply.

mikebrand-150Mike Brand

Director of Advocacy and Programs

Mike is an atrocities prevention and human rights professional with a decade of 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.

Amy Cecil

Director of Community Engagement

Amy joined JWW professionally as Walk & Community Development Director after many years as a devoted volunteer, event docent and volunteer facilitator. She is involved in all aspects of JWW’s education, fundraising, and awareness building programs and has primary responsibility for the Walk to End Genocide events, including Walks taking place in California, New York and Washington, DC.

Before obtaining her MBA in Nonprofit Management in 2013, Amy practiced law for more than 25 years. She also taught elementary school for LAUSD and a course in Torts for the UCLA extension program.  Amy has lectured about business writing skills, community organizing and social impact investing and is a partner in the philanthropic organization Los Angeles Social Venture Partners for whom she co-chaired the 2016 Social Innovation Fast Pitch event.

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 take a different path and work in the non-profit field to help others.

Chris Richter

Communications Director

For many years, both as the founder and director of a website development company and then as a communications consultant to NPOs, Chris has excelled at helping organizations develop strategic plans to promote their brand, enhance their visibility and increase support for their work. Chris is proud to bring to Jewish World Watch his extensive experience in website development and management, curation of social media channels and e-news blasts, and creation of compelling communications collateral.

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.