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Daniel Pipes — President

Daniel Pipes has led the Forum since its founding in 1994. He served in five administrations, received two presidential appointments, and testified before many congressional committees. He is the author of sixteen books on the Middle East, Islam, and other topics. With an A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard, he has taught at Chicago, Harvard, Pepperdine, and the U.S. Naval War College; currently he is an affiliate professor at the University of Haifa. Mr. Pipes writes a column for the Washington Times and his writings have been translated into 37 languages. The Washington Post deems him "perhaps the most prominent U.S. scholar on radical Islam." Al-Qaeda invited Mr. Pipes to convert, Edward Said called him an "orientalist," and Edward Kennedy borked him. For an archive of his writings and media appearances, see danielpipes.org. Contact: Pipes@MEForum.org

Gregg Roman — Director

Gregg Roman functions as the chief operations officer for the Forum, responsible for day-to-day management, communications, and financial resource development. Mr. Roman previously served as director of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. In 2014, he was named one of the ten most inspiring global Jewish leaders by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. He previously served as the political advisor to the deputy foreign minister of Israel and worked for the Israeli Ministry of Defense. Mr. Roman is a frequent speaker at venues around the world, often appears on television, and has written for the Hill, the Forward, the Albany Times-Union, and other publications. He attended American University in Washington, D.C., and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel, where he studied national security studies and political communications. Contact: Roman@MEForum.org

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Matthew Bennett — Director of Development

Matthew Bennett is responsible for financial resource development and information technology at the Forum. He manages the development team to direct annual campaigns, secure grant funding, and develop planned giving programs to endow the Foundation for the Middle East Forum (FMEF). Mr. Bennett previously worked for Intelsat General Corporation, started a management consulting company in Israel, and served as the Israel and community relations director for the Jewish Federation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties. He speaks publicly across the country about Israel, the Middle East, and the dangers of lawful Islamism. Mr. Bennett attended American University in Washington, D.C., and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Contact: Bennett@MEForum.org

Teri Blumenfeld — Web Editor and Researcher

Teri Blumenfeld does web administration and research for the Forum. She is a research analyst at the Investigative Project on Terrorism and previously worked as an expert witness researcher for the Department of Justice. Ms. Blumenfeld was a founder of Meditran, an Arab-Israeli culture center in Jerusalem. She holds a B.S. from San Francisco State University. Contact: comments@danielpipes.org

Marc Fink — Counselor

Marc Fink serves as the Forum's in-house legal counsel and chief editor, while directing the Legal Project. He previously practiced with the Detroit law firm of Dickinson Wright PLLC before embarking on a political career advising gubernatorial, congressional, secretary of state, attorney general, and judicial campaigns. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan majoring in history, Mr. Fink received his law degree from Emory University. Contact: Fink@MEForum.org

Laura Frank — Communications Director

Laura Frank comes to the Forum after nearly five years at Ceisler Media and Issue Advocacy in Philadelphia, where she led a public affairs project with the Israeli Consulate to the Mid-Atlantic region. She has previously worked in government relations and political communications in Harrisburg, PA, and Washington, D.C. Ms. Frank graduated from Temple University. Contact: Frank@MEForum.org

Gary C. Gambill — MEF Web Editor, Research Fellow

Gary C. Gambill is editor of the Middle East Forum's website. Formerly editor of Middle East Intelligence Bulletin (1999-2004) and Mideast Monitor (2006-09), Mr. Gambill has written extensively on politics in the Arab world, particularly Syria and Lebanon. He has a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. in Arab studies from Georgetown University. He has been a frequent contributor to Foreign Policy, the National Interest, the Jerusalem Post, and the National Post. Contact: Gambill@MEForum.org

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Judy Goodrobb — Managing Editor, Middle East Quarterly

Judy Goodrobb is responsible for day-to-day management and design of the Middle East Quarterly. She is a writing tutor at Penn State University-Brandywine. Previously Ms. Goodrobb worked as an editor and public relations professional at Drexel University and Norwich University and taught writing at Johnson State College of Vermont and Community College of Philadelphia. She holds an M.A. in writing from Vermont College. Contact: MEQ@MEForum.org

Efraim Karsh — Principal Research Fellow

Efraim Karsh is editor of the Middle East Forum's flagship publication, the Middle East Quarterly. He is an emeritus professor of Middle East and Mediterranean studies at King's College London and professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan University, where he also directs the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies. Mr. Karsh held academic posts at Harvard and Columbia universities, the Sorbonne, the London School of Economics, Helsinki University, the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington, D.C., and the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of sixteen books and over 100 scholarly articles and has appeared frequently as a commentator on British and American television networks. Contact: Karsh@MEForum.org

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EJ Kimball — Senior Advisor, Israel Victory Project

EJ Kimball is a foreign policy and national security consultant with over 10 years' experience working in Washington, D.C. He most recently served as executive director of the Israel Allies Foundation. He previously served as foreign policy counsel to Rep. Sue Myrick (NC), staff director of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, and director of government relations for Jorge Scientific Corporation. Kimball graduated from Boston University, earned his Juris Doctor from Western New England College, and received a Master's degree from the American University School of International Service. Contact: Kimball@MEForum.org

Grayson Levy — Web Developer

Grayson Levy is responsible for developing and maintaining the Forum's websites and mailing lists. Contact: webmaster@MEForum.org

Oren Litwin — Islamist Watch Research Fellow

Oren Litwin does research for the Forum's Islamist Money in Politics project. He is an associate fellow for the R Street Institute. He previously worked in financial advising and investment management for more than a decade, most recently as part of the AIG Advisor Group. He then served as the political risk fellow for the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and as an adjunct professor of political science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Mr. Litwin has a Ph.D. in political science from George Mason University. His work has been published by the Foreign Policy Association, the Huffington Post, the Hill, and RealClearMarkets.com. Contact: Litwin@MEForum.org

Ruth Malhotra — Campus Watch Research Assistant

Ruth Malhotra researches current developments concerning Middle East studies for Campus Watch. She received a B.A. and M.A. in international affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 2006, she filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Georgia Tech challenging unconstitutional policies that supported censorship. Her case prompted Georgia Tech to repeal its speech code, alter its unconstitutional "speech zone," and eliminate the unconstitutional portion of its "Safe Space" program. She received the 2009 Ronald Reagan Award from the American Conservative Union. Contact: Malhotra@MEForum.org

Rosybell Maria — Development Associate

Rosybell Maria is responsible for the Forum's database operations as part of its development team. Prior to joining the Middle East Forum, she interned at several non-profit organizations and spent time working abroad in Italy for the Milano World Expo 2015. Ms. Maria holds a B.S. in international relations and diplomacy and a B.A. in modern languages with concentrations in French and Arabic from Seton Hall University. Contact: Maria@MEForum.org

Marnie Meyer — Controller

Marnie Meyer is responsible for the Forum's finance, accounting, and reporting activities. Prior to joining the Forum, she provided accounting and business management services for GC4 Consulting. She is also a certified QuickBooks Pro advisor. Contact: Meyer@MEForum.org

Winfield Myers — Director, Academic Affairs

Winfield Myers is director of the Middle East Forum's Campus Watch, which reviews and critiques Middle East studies in North American universities. He has taught world history and other topics at the University of Michigan, the University of Georgia, Tulane, and Xavier University of Louisiana. He was previously managing editor of the American Enterprise magazine and CEO of Democracy Project, Inc., which he co-founded. Mr. Myers has served as senior editor and communications director at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and is principal author and editor of a college guide, Choosing the Right College (1998, 2001). He was educated at the University of Georgia, Tulane, and the University of Michigan. Contact: Myers@MEForum.org

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Ashley Perry — Roundtable Editor

Ashley Perry is editor of MEF's forthcoming Roundtable blog. He was a senior advisor to Israel's deputy prime minister and foreign minister from 2009 to 2015, having previously worked in the prime minister's office and numerous other ministries. He also served as deputy director-general for communications and as a senior strategic advisor for national and municipal elections for an Israeli political party. Mr. Perry is a frequent public speaker and consultant to international organizations. He holds a B.A. in history from University College London (UK) and an M.A. in government and counterterrorism from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) of Herzliya, Israel. Contact: ashleyjsperry@gmail.com

Thelma Prosser — Office Manager

Thelma Prosser has been in charge of the Middle East Forum office since 1995. She previously worked at the Foreign Policy Research Institute for over twelve years. Contact: Prosser@MEForum.org

David J. Rusin — Islamist Watch Research Fellow

David J. Rusin investigates and combats nonviolent radical Islam in the United States and other Western countries for Islamist Watch. His research has highlighted the dangers posed by Islamist-leaning individuals with government security clearances, debunked the myth that American Muslims are more likely than other minorities to suffer hate crimes, and tracked the progress of Philadelphia's "black Muslim enclave." He has been the curator of Islamist Watch's extensive news archive for more than half a decade and previously served as the project's director. Prior to joining the Forum, Mr. Rusin worked as an astrophysicist. He also spent two years as the Philadelphia editor at PJ Media. Contact: Rusin@MEForum.org

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Clifford Smith — Washington Project Director

Clifford Smith is MEF's liaison to decision makers and opinion leaders in Washington, D.C. He holds a B.A. from Washington State University, an M.P.P. with a focus on international relations from Pepperdine University, and a law degree from the Catholic University of America. He is a member of the Maryland Bar. An experienced political operative, he is the veteran of numerous campaigns and has held several positions in Congress, most recently communications director for U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer. His writings have been published in the Daily Caller, the American Spectator, PJ Media, and other outlets. Contact: csmith@MEForum.org

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Marilyn Stern — Communications Coordinator

Marilyn Stern serves as communications coordinator for the Forum. She manages monthly conference calls with subject matter experts who brief our participants on current Middle East issues. Marilyn has also written articles on national security topics for Front Page Magazine, The Investigative Project on Terrorism, and Small Wars Journal. She holds a Master's Degree in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from the Institute of World Politics Contact: Stern@MEForum.org

Cinnamon Stillwell — Campus Watch West Coast Representative

Cinnamon Stillwell analyzes Middle East studies academia in West Coast colleges and universities for Campus Watch. A San Francisco Bay Area native and graduate of San Francisco State University, she is a columnist, blogger, and social media analyst. Ms. Stillwell, a former contributing political columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, has written on a wide variety of topics, including the political atmosphere in American higher education, and has appeared as a guest on television and talk radio. Contact: Stillwell@MEForum.org

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David Swindle — Islamist Watch Coordinator

David Swindle coordinates various Islamist Watch projects, such as countering corporate and governmental support of Islamist groups, exposing Islamist-tainted politicians, and helping police identify violent Islamists. He is managing editor of Liberty Island books, having served previously as associate editor of PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine. Contact: Swindle@MEForum.org

Lara Szott — Executive Assistant

Lara Szott serves as the primary point of contact for MEF's president and director. Prior to working at the Forum, she interned for multiple NGOs and served as an intern on Capitol Hill. She has studied U.S.-Arab relations and worked in Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, and the West Bank. Ms. Szott holds a B.A. in International Politics and Global Security from Penn State University and an M.A. in International Journalism & Public Affairs from American University. Contact: Szott@MEForum.org

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi — Research Fellow, Jihad-Intel

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi researches violent non-state Islamic and Middle Eastern groups for the Forum. He is a 2016-2017 Rubin Research Fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs Center (GLORIA) within the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) of Herzliya, Israel. A graduate of Oxford University, with ancestry tracing back to Baghdad and Mosul, Mr. al-Tamimi's articles have been published, among other places, in Foreign Affairs, the American Spectator, the Daily Star (Beirut), Ha'aretz, the Jerusalem Post, and the Huffington Post. He has been widely cited for his insights in international media outlets such as the New York Times, Agence France-Presse, the Associated Press, the Daily Telegraph, and the Washington Post. Contact: aaj892@hotmail.com

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