Our Staff

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USA Staff

David Homan

Executive Director, U.S.

David Homan was appointed the Executive Director in the America-Israel Cultural Foundation’s history in 2006.  For the past 12 years, he has worked to increase awareness and build fundraising efforts, created a long-term strategy for the success and longevity of AICF and its contributions to Israeli culture.  He travels around the US speaking about social impact, philanthropy, next generation leadership, and arts and culture.

During his tenure he has overseen the modernization and rebranding of AICF including strengthening the audition and granting process, mapping the cultural field of Israel and coordinating over 1500 multidisciplinary events worldwide. He has negotiated millions of dollars in rare instrument and art donations and has kept AICF as a 4-star-rated charity for the past 6 years.

He spearheaded an international online network among thousands of artists and presenters/festivals/venues, promoting Israeli culture in over 100 countries.

David has participated in numerous interviews, conferences, and public events advocating for the importance of philanthropy, impact and the arts, including moderating discussions with Itzhak Perlman, Daniel Libeskind, David Broza, Yigal Ozeri, Yigal Perry, and Steve Reich, among others.

He has advised dozens of partner foundations and nonprofits on proper and efficient management, including technological innovation,  sustainable fundraising and building stronger partnerships especially through arts and culture.

David is a classical composer and pianist, and married to choreographer Ariel Grossman (Ariel Rivka Dance). He has two children, Eva and Max.


Maddy Cohen

Associate Director

Madelyn (Maddy) Cohen is a seasoned development professional with over 20 years of experience with organizations that work to strengthen the relationship between the American Jewish Community and Israel.   She has worked in the field of Israel-based philanthropy for many important organizations, such as United Jewish Communities, Keren Or, Jerusalem Center for Multi-Handicapped Blind Children, American Society for Yad Vashem, and HIAS. Most recently she was a Senior Development Executive with the American Friends of Magen David Adom.  She has studied and lived in Israel, and speaks Hebrew fluently.  She lives in Great Neck, NY, with her family.


Megan Savage

Director of Programs and Operations

Megan Savage is a Tony Award-winning producer and arts fundraiser whose credits include A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Musical Theatre Factory. She graduated from Harvard College and grew up in the Boston area, where she was affiliated with the American Repertory Theatre and the Zamir Choral Foundation.


Jodi Sandler

Director of Finance

Jodi Sandler is President of Sandler Business Services which she established in 1997. Sandler Business Services provides financial, operations and project management for small to mid-size companies. Her clients include several non-profit organizations, architects, law firms, writers, graphic designers, printing companies and compliance consultants. She interfaces with accountants, lawyers, government agencies and insurance brokers concerning government filings, audits, contracts and insurance policies. Sandler Business Services is based in New York City and is certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) by The New York State Department of Economic Development.


Galia Barkol

Israeli Artist Network Director

Galia is an actress, writer and director. She holds a BA in Film from the Paris-Diderot University in Paris, France, and is a graduate in Acting from the HB Studio School for the Dramatic Arts in NYC. View full bio on her Israeli Artist Network profile page and on her site.

Israel Staff

Iris Reff Ronen
Executive Director, Israel

Iris Reff-Ronen is an entrepreneur and executive with vast experience in both corporate and non-profit organizations. Most recently, Iris led the Israeli Choreographers Association, an umbrella organization for contemporary dance artists in Israel. Previously, she served for 15 years as CEO of Unistream, a unique NGO fostering social and business leadership in over 1,600 young adults from Israel’s peripheral towns through education, entrepreneurship and innovation.

In the business arena, Iris was acting CFO of the Shilav Group, CFO of a high-tech company and worked in the WZO while living in the US. She is an enthusiastic promoter of the arts in Israel and of youth excellence in Israel’s peripheries. Her passion is to generate positive change in the Israeli cultural sphere by harnessing the dynamic talent and potential of young Israeli artists.

Iris holds advanced degrees in business, finance and marketing. She lives in Tel Aviv with her husband Micha and her children.

Keren Zefania
Director of External Relations

Keren completed a BA in Communication and Political Science at Tel Aviv University, and an MA in Management of Nonprofit Organizations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She spent one year working at a PR firm in New York, Impact Manhattan LLC, and obtained an Arts Administration certificate from New York University. She has worked at the Bible Lands Museum, the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, and the Jerusalem Foundation as its Culture, Community and Coexistence Coordinator.

In her last position, Keren served as Senior Program Coordinator at the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Cultural Center, Jerusalem, where she produced residency programs, literary conferences, events and festivals such as the Jerusalem International Writers Festival.

She joined the AICF in 2016 and serves as its Director of External Relations.