May 1, 2014, Boston, MA: The David Project, an organization dedicated to proactively shaping the conversation on U.S. college campuses about Israel, has announced that the organization’s Executive Director, David Bernstein, will be transitioning out of the organization over the next six months. Phillip Brodsky, 31, the organization’s current campus director, will be succeeding Bernstein. Concurrently, the organization is pleased to announce that it has received new grants that will enable it to expand its presence on U.S. college campuses in academic year 2014-15.
“David Bernstein joined the organization nearly four years ago and has done yeoman’s work in building a clear strategy, transforming the organization’s brand, and creating a dynamic staff culture,” said Seth Klarman, Co-Chair of the Board. “It was a pleasure to get to know David. I know he will play a major leadership role in his next job and am pleased that he is committed to helping with the transition. I know he looks forward to spending more evenings at home with his family.”
Bernstein praised his successor, Phillip Brodsky. “I couldn’t be happier for Phil. He is a creative force and one of the best team leaders I’ve ever seen,” said Bernstein. “The organization will be in good hands.”
“I am thrilled to be moving into this position with The David Project,” Brodsky said. “We have made great progress in bringing relational advocacy to campus in the past few years, and I am looking forward to continuing to scale up our campus activities.”
“Phil Brodsky has a proven track record in implementing The David Project’s campus program. We know he’s going to do an amazing job,” said Grace Zimmerman, the organization’s Board Co-Chair. In light of the growing BDS movement on many campuses, our increased focus and commitment to this work is as timely as it is impactful.”
The David Project positively shapes campus opinion on Israel by educating, training, and empowering student leaders to be thoughtful, strategic and persuasive advocates. Our approach, which we call relational advocacy, emphasizes building relationships with diverse communities on campus and helping students to use their Israel experience to relate to their peers. This past year, The David Project was named one of North America’s top 50 innovative Jewish organizations in the ninth annual Slingshot Guide, marking the first time an Israel advocacy organization has ever been recognized by Slingshot.