Uri Zaki, Director of B’Tselem USA: Following military service as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, Uri embarked on a career that has included party politics and work with organizations promoting peace and challenging the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. After completing a law degree at the Hebrew University, he became the media and political advisor to former Justice Minister and peace camp leader, Yossi Beilin. He took part in the talks that formulated the Geneva initiative, and was a main spokesperson of the initiative. He later entered party politics and was elected to be the chair of Young Meretz – Israel's progressive party, and was a candidate to the Knesset in the party's list in the 2009 national elections. Uri is an alumnus of the American Council of Young Political Leaders exchange program (2005). In 2008 Uri was named among Israel's most prominent young professionals by Forbes Israel magazine.
Chelsey Berlin, Associate Director of B’Tselem USA: Chelsey joined B’Tselem in July 2012. Before joining B’Tselem USA, Chelsey lived in Tel Aviv as the recipient of the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. The fellowship, entailing independent study and community work, allowed Chelsey to engage directly with Jewish-Israeli society and examine its contemporary reality and challenges. Preceding Dorot, Chelsey worked for three years in Nablus at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, an American non-profit organization that works in disadvantaged areas of the Middle East. Her role in Nablus was diverse with involvement in many aspects of the organization’s operations, including program development and management, communications, and monitoring and evaluation. Chelsey has expressed her commitment to the Middle East through Arabic and Hebrew language study, participation in Seeds of Peace International Camp, yearlong study at the American University in Cairo and extensive travel throughout the region. A native of Maine, Chelsey holds a BA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from Brandeis University.