Executive Director – Michael Chaitow
Michael is an experienced organiser and campaigner who joins NIF Australia with deep experience in politics and Jewish community life. Most recently he’s been based in the US where he was director of digital strategy in NIF’s New York office and prior to that, led J Street’s campus engagement team, J Street U. Michael has worked as media adviser to the Hon. Linda Burney MP, and as a climate organiser for GetUp.
He holds a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and a Master of International Law and Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney. He graduated high school from Masada College, Sydney.
In the media:
- May 2023: Interviewed on ABC The World about violence in Gaza
- April 2023: Protests have changed Israeli attitudes to occupation
- April 2023: Celebrating the Israelis who believe in hope
- June 2022: Australians in the US rethink their future after Roe v Wade decision
- July 2020: On Israeli annexation, Australia is MIA
- June 2022: ‘Final nail in the coffin’: Australians in the US rethink their future after Roe
Director of Impact & Advocacy – Eve Altman
Eve has worked with NIF Australia since 2020 focusing on developing our New Gen (20s and 30s) community. She has previously worked for the Sydney Alliance, engaging local communities in policy action on climate change and affordable and renewable power solutions. Eve holds a Bachelor of Political, Economic, and Social Science from the University of Sydney, and was an active member of Habonim Dror, including Sydney's 2017 Director. Eve is a board member of Emanuel Synagogue.
Director of Programming – Max Korman
Max has experience working in the Jewish community, as education coordinator at Stand Up and in the leadership of Habonim Dror. Max holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University.
Communications Manager – Maddy Blay
Maddy has been involved in left-wing organisations in the Jewish community, as federal merakezet (coordinator) of Hashomer Hatzair Australia (2017-19) and as a community organiser. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Languages from the University of Melbourne. Maddy also has experience working in communications for campaigns and with the Victorian Greens.