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.


Amy Friedman Cecil

Director of Community Engagement

Amy, a former public and religious school teacher and practicing attorney for more than 25 years, joined JWW professionally in 2012 after many years as a devoted volunteer, event docent and volunteer facilitator. She obtained her MBA in Nonprofit Development from American Jewish University in 2013.

Amy is Senior Staff lead for all aspects of JWW’s education, outreach, and awareness building programs and has primary responsibility for the Walk to End Genocide events in California and Washington, DC. Amy created and leads the Teen Ambassador Program (TAP), a leadership development program for high school students and is the primary contact and supervisor for the Schulweis Social Justice Fellows, engaging college students in advocacy and anti-genocide education and events.

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.

Ryan Smith

Interim Director of Advocacy and Grantmaking

Passionate about making a difference in the world, Ryan has spent his career bridging the worlds of journalism and Jewish nonprofits. He spent five years on staff at The Jewish Journal in Los Angeles, most recently overseeing its weekly operations as managing editor. He also has been a staff writer and columnist at The Toledo Blade newspaper in Ohio, and had his work appear in national publications like the Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe.

A graduate of Yale University, Ryan has dedicated himself to Jewish causes as well. He has worked as a managing congregational representative for the Union for Reform Judaism and a public affairs associate at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Long before joining the team at Jewish World Watch, he and his family were strong believers in its mission and active participants in the Walk to End Genocide. They are members of Temple Judea in Tarzana.

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.