Founder and President of J Street
Jeremy Ben-Ami is the founder and President of J Street, bringing to the role both deep experience in American politics and government and a passionate commitment to the state of Israel.
For nearly three years in the late 90s, Jeremy lived in Israel, where he started a consulting firm working with Israeli non-profit organizations and politicians. In the mid-1990s he moved back to the U.S. and served as the Deputy Domestic Policy Advisor in the White House to President Bill Clinton. Ben-Ami also worked on seven Presidential and numerous state and local campaigns. He was Howard Dean’s National Policy Director in 2004 and helped manage a Mayoral campaign in New York City in 2001.
He was chosen by America’s weekly Jewish newspaper, the Forward, for three years as part of the Forward 50, their compilation of the most influential Jewish Americans. He was one of 50 “People of the Decade” selected by Ha’aretz, the influential Israeli daily newspaper, and the Jerusalem Post included him in its list of the 50 Most Influential Jews in the world.
The Common Good hosted J Street’s President and Founder, Jeremy Ben-Ami, in 2014, to discuss his analysis of their poll of Jewish Americans and what their findings mean for the President’s Middle East policies going forward: Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street on Israel post U.S. MidTerm Elections - November 17, 2014.
Rabbi Uri Pilichowski, ‘I’m an Israeli settler. This is why I spoke with J Street’s first ‘alternative Birthright’ group.’ Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 25 July 2019