Our Staff

Dyonna Ginsburg

Executive Director

Prior to OLAM, Dyonna served as Director of Education and Service Learning at The Jewish Agency; Executive Director of Bema'aglei Tzedek, an Israeli social change NGO; and co-founder of Siach, a global network of Jewish social justice and environmental professionals. She has a BA in International Relations from Columbia University and an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University. A frequent lecturer, she was named "one of Israel's 50 most inspiring women" by Nashim magazine in 2015.

Yael Shapira

Program Director

Yael is from Jerusalem and is currently based in Washington, DC. She has worked to support international development programs through a variety of NGOs, with a focus on providing access to education for marginalized populations. She has lived in Niger, India, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Switzerland, in addition to working and traveling in other countries. Prior to OLAM, Yael planned Learning Tours for European Parliamentarians at CARE.

Yael has a BA in International Relations from Boston University and an MA in International Education and Development from the George Washington University.

Georgina Bye

UK Community Manager

Georgina is from London and prior to joining OLAM was the Leadership and Training Director for UJS. She has been heavily involved in building inclusive, cross-communal community both through her work and through Moishe House London. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Leeds and is a seasoned Jewish educator, presenting frequently at Limmud conference. She is also involved with March of the Living UK, leading trips for young people to visit Poland to learn about the Holocaust.

In addition to Georgina's responsibilities at OLAM, she also supports the complementary work of JDC Entwine to engage young UK adults in global Jewish and humanitarian issues and to advance the global Jewish service movement.

Ariel Cohen

Communications and Operations Manager

Ariel is a new Olah originally from New York City. She got her BA in History and International Development and Conflict Resolution from the University of Maryland and an MA in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Tel Aviv University. Previous to joining OLAM, Ariel was an intern for Kav LaOved—Workers Hotline and The Embassy of Israel in Washington D.C. Additionally, she was a participant in Yahel Israel Service Learning through Onward Israel and Hillel Alternative Breaks.