Mara serves as the Global Executive Director of OneVoice, working closely with the PeaceWorks Foundation and OneVoice Europe boards and lay leaders on strategy and then oversees it implementation, ensuring that each component has the resources, guidance and support it needs to have maximum impact. Mara first joined the Movement as our International Organizing Director, based in the Middle East. In that position she focused on professionalizing and expanding all of our grassroots work, incorporating best practices and focusing on training and empowering local staff. She previously served as a political appointee in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration and before that was Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s (CA-06) Deputy Chief of Staff & Communications Director. A campaign veteran, Mara has served in leadership positions on behalf of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Ben Cardin (D-MD). Mara majored in politics and history at the University of California, San Diego and earned her Master's degree in political science from the University of London, graduating with distinction. She is also an Associate Professor at the George Washington University, where (when time allows) she teaches courses on global politics and campaign management. Mara is based in our New York office.Close
Hela serves as the Deputy US Director of OneVoice, where she helps create and execute the OneVoice US vision and operations, in addition to coordinating and directing development activities. In her role as Deputy US Director, Hela conducts outreach to introduce OneVoice’s work to new audiences as well as supports the OneVoice on Campus staff and student activists. Hela previously served as Founder and Director of the Center for Israel Education at Columbia/Barnard Hillel. The center’s primary mission was to cultivate relationships between American college students and diverse communities in Israel through social justice initiatives, advocacy programs and immersive experiences. Prior to that, Hela lived in Israel for 5 years, where she worked for the Israeli Movement for Progressive and Reform Judaism as the founder and director of the Yachdav Jewish Peoplehood Education Center, focusing on creating partnerships and fostering meaningful relationships between public schools in Israel and congregational schools in the United States. Hela majored in International Relations at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and earned her Master's degree in Diplomacy and Security Studies from Tel Aviv University. Hela is also a certified facilitator with Resetting The Table and teaches workshops on the roots of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Hela is based in our New York office.
Cornelia serves as OneVoice's Special Projects Manager, coordinating various initiatives from the New York office. She leads on delegations to Israel and Palestine, and manages development and grant writing for US programming. Prior to joining OneVoice, Cornelia interned and worked for International Community Action Network in Canada and Israel/Palestine, supporting local communities through social advocacy and sustainable development projects. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations from McGill University. She is based in our New York office.
James serves as the Digital Communications Manager of OneVoice globally, working closely with staff in the United States and Europe, and partners in Israel and Palestine, to ensure that the varied work supported by OneVoice is shared widely and effectively. Prior to joining OneVoice, James worked as a writer and editor at Out Magazine and the Advocate. His writing, on a range of topics, from politics to literature, has been featured in Haaretz, Buzzfeed, the Forward, the London Evening Standard, Vice News, Kirkus Reviews, and more. He holds First Class degrees in history from the University of St Andrews and the University of Glasgow in Scotland. James is currently based in Tel Aviv.
Hayes serves as OneVoice’s Development Assistant, coordinating donor communications and board relations as well as supporting team members with their own programming. She graduated in 2019 from Duke University, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Comparative Studies as well as Asian and Middle Eastern Studies with a concentration in Arabic. She is based in our New York office.