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Meet Our Board + Staff

Rachel Bracker is a writer, designer, and media strategist with a background in journalism, information design, and online community building. Rachel earned a BA in Linguistics with a minor in News, Media, and Society at the University of Southern California, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, served as an editor for the Daily Trojan, and interned for USC Media Relations. She currently serves as the Communications Director for the Westside Young Democrats and for the California Young Democrats Jewish Caucus. Rachel's hobbies include vegetarian cooking, travel, and photography.

Rami Rivera Frankl is President of Sherwood Media, an independent content company. The company is led by a management team with over 30 years of experience in the development, production, distribution, finance, and marketing of feature films and television programming.

 

Currently, he is the current Los Angeles Regional Board of Directors, ADL, and previously serve as a Board Member of Democrats for Israel. He has also served as an appointee to American Jewish Committee's Latino Media Committee.

Outside of the Jewish nonprofit world, Rami is a member of the DGA and served as the Co-Chair of the Latino Committee at the Directors Guild of America from 2015 to 2019.

Matthew Finkelstein is a community organizer for the Jewish community in Vallejo California and the Democratic party and an outspoken advocate where progressivism and Zionism intersect. He and his twin brother were youth cantors, singing in harmony at the shul where their father was a rabbi and Matthew now performs cantorial duties at his local synagogue. He has a background in sales and theater. "Timid" and "quiet" are not words that describe his activism in the party, and Progressive Zionism has a more outspoken and fearless approach because of his influence.  

 
 

Victoria Solkovits is an MPP student in Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Tel Aviv University and an alumna from UCLA in public health and political science. She is also an elected delegate for the California Democratic Party in the San Fernando Valley. Her work and passion for progressive zionism stems from her organizing and background educating young students and activists in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli society, and government advocacy. She hopes to continue this work and increase the discourse on peacebuilding in our communities.

Susan has an extensive background in nonprofit management and political organizing. She currently serves as an elected assembly district 14 delegate and was an elected Democratic national convention delegate in 2016 and 2020. In her work in the party, Susan was alarmed to discover that the oft-disproportionate focus on Israel in progressive spaces sometimes crossed the line into antisemitic rhetoric. She learned that others shared her concerns and in 2017 they joined forces to launch the work of Progressive Zionists of California, where they remain proud progressive Democrats and Zionists. Susan is an alternate member of the Solano County Democratic Central Committee, treasurer of the Solano County Jewish Democratic Club, and an officer of the board of Congregation B'nai Israel in Vallejo. She enjoys performing in musical theater productions and is a classically trained singer.

Email her at susan@caprogressivezionists.org.