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Susan Lapidus, Director
Susan is the Founding Director of the Initiative, following a year as Executive Director at the U.S.-Israel Center at University of California, San Diego. She brings to her role a strong background in non-profit leadership and a knowledge and love of Israel. As Director, she coordinates and produces the center’s deep multi-faceted education about Israel, manages its diverse offerings of public events, and works in a myriad of ways to bring modern Israel to campuses across San Diego County. Her professional career includes 20 years of extensive experience in development with positions at the United Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Service, as well as in advocacy and the private sector.
Susan is a native of New York and graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Journalism, spending a year at Tel Aviv University. She maintains close ties to Israel through friends and family around the country, and through her professional work.
Paige Milgrom-Hills, Program Manager
Paige is the Program Manager where she is responsible for program management and implementing all logistical details associated with outreach and events for the MGSDII. Additionally, she is an employee of the Leichtag Foundation and The Hive.
Paige arrived at the Foundation and MGSDII with over eight years of experience in event curation, community building, and small group facilitation.
Paige obtained her Masters of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego, which supports her work at Leichtag Commons.