About Democrats for Israel – Los Angeles
Founded in 1990 to serve as a bridge between the Democratic Party and the Jewish/Pro-Israel community. Democrats for Israel - Los Angeles has two missions -- fighting Anti-Semitism in our party and in society at-large and supporting Israel in any way that we can. DFI-Los Angeles puts on a variety of educational and cultural events each year, some aimed at teaching a new generation of activists about the evils of antisemitism, and other events about current developments in Israel. Above all, Democrats for Israel - Los Angeles spreads the word about the rich, multi-ethnic history of the world’s only Jewish country.
We engage in local and state politics, supporting elected officials and candidates who have demonstrated support for Israel, and who speak out consistently against Antisemitism and hate of all types. Democrats for Israel - Los Angeles has cultivated relationships of solidarity with many of the organizations who represent different parts of the diverse communities found here in Los Angeles.
Additionally, there are many volunteer opportunities for those who want to stand up for Israel, and who want to join in the fight against hate and Anti-Semitism.
Democrats for Israel – Los Angeles Executive Board Members 2022
Gregg Solkovits - President of DFI-LA & Secretary of Democrats for Israel – California
Gregg is a 35+ year LAUSD high school Social Studies, Journalism and English teacher, and a former Secondary Vice President for United Teachers Los Angeles. He is an activist within the California Federation of Teachers and the California Teachers Association, having worked on many committees for both of the statewide teachers unions. With a deep rooted passion for environmentalism, Solkovits is also the past editor of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club’s Southern Sierran newspaper, which he headed for 10+ years. Currently is serving his third term as a California Democratic Party delegate from the 45th Assembly District. He also serves as a member of the Executive Board of Valley Grassroots Democrats, and is a member of the North Valley Democratic Club.
Leeor Alpern – Past President and Event Programming
Michelle Elmer – Vice President and Candidate Outreach
Nitzan Harel - Creative Director
Miran Kalaydjian - Education and Civic Engagement
Miran is the vice president of Strategy for Aerospace Global Services. This function provides strategic planning and support to the Government Services and Commercial Services businesses and the Supply Chain; Digital Aviation & Analytics; Training & Professional Services; and Engineering, Modification & Maintenance capabilities across McKinsey & Boeing Global Services. Miran is responsible for the development and implementation of the function’s strategy and planning activities including alignment to Boeing enterprise strategy, benchmarking, and positioning Boeing Global Services for growth.
Andrew Lachman – Past President of DFI-LA & Current President (and Founder) of Democrats for Israel – California
Andrew has been a leader in Los Angeles for over 13 years and an activist for over 20 years for improved education, stronger communities, civil rights, investment in the arts and a strong tech/entertainment community. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US and CIPP/G) and is licensed to practice law in California and the District of Columbia serving as a technology licensing attorney for companies such as Move.com and Paramount Pictures. He has also worked in government, serving on the Advisory Board of the Congressional Internet Caucus and as the Committee staff-person to the Joint Committee on the Arts for the California Legislature for State Senator Curren Price.
Debbie Paperman - Social Media
Public Affairs and government relations consultant. Works with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Debbie has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Miami.
Colleen Schwab - Community Outreach
Social Studies and Spanish teacher for over 35 years. Colleen worked on the airlifts out of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, which led her to becoming an Educator. Colleen is President of her synagogue and is a student of Hebrew.
Victoria Solkovits - Communications, Israel Branch
Victoria is the Director of External Relations and Resource Development for Mitvim - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, where she works to promote a progressive Israeli foreign policy through external partnerships and strategic engagement. Mitvim creates original policy proposals to improve Israel's regional belonging and advance Israeli-Palestinian peace, advocating for their implementation in the Israeli government and Knesset. Victoria earned her MA in Public Policy, Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Tel Aviv University; her passion lies in building bridges between academic research, the public, and the government to encourage better public policy for all. Now living as a dual citizen in Israel, Victoria continues to advocate for the progressive Jewish community, and seeks to build new relationships between Israeli and American Jews through a social justice lens.
Sunny Zia - Community Outreach
Sunny is serving her second term on the Long Beach Community College District board, having been elected Trustee for Area 3 in April of 2014. Upon securing this post, she became the first Jewish-Iranian American woman to assume elected public office in California. As a first-generation Iranian American, the importance of hard work and education in achieving the American Dream have been paramount in her life. She was the only female and the first to graduate from her class of Civil Engineering with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tehran. She later graduated with honors and received a Master of Science from University of California, Irvine in Civil Engineering. She has over two decades of experience in Construction, Environmental, Water and Infrastructure projects.