Principals

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Zeesy is the founder of Schnur Associates, Inc. Prior to forming SAI in 1992, Zeesy served for 12 years as Executive Director of the Greater New York Coalition for Soviet Jewry. In that capacity, she dealt with the highest levels of U.S. and Israeli governments, the business establishment, the media, as well as community and organizational groups throughout the country. During her tenure she organized rallies of up to a quarter of a million people, authored position papers and handled international media. Her client roster includes companies and non-profit organizations in Israel, the former Soviet Union, Europe and the U.S. Her primary areas of expertise are in creative marketing, public relations, collateral materials development and event coordination.

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Joel is the consummate professional when it comes to government and politics, which has been his life for more than three decades. Joel joined the firm in 1998 after a decade as Deputy Director for AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), the pro-Israel lobby. During his tenure, he coordinated a network of key community leaders to lobby Members of Congress, monitored nationwide Senate and House elections, served as liaison to federal, state and local officials and oversaw fundraising and programming for major AIPAC contributors. Prior to that, he served as a senior housing official in the three Koch Administrations and was on the campaign staffs of presidential, senatorial and municipal candidates and successfully secured government and foundation grants for national and local not-for-profit service organizations. Joel coordinates government relations, development and political consulting operations for SAI clients, is a registered lobbyist with both NYC and NYS and serves as a confidante of elected officials and their staff.

Senior Staff

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Responsible for supervising day-to-day operations, Ethan also manages the company’s business development while overseeing key clients, major campaigns and special projects. In addition to his position as Managing Director, he has been responsible for launching a number of small business ventures.

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With many years of experience in publishing and event planning, Gerry brings an extensive background in marketing and promotion to the team. She has worked as Director of Special Events at Town & Country Magazine and New York Magazine.

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Dimitry has served as Press Secretary for Israel’s Likud Party and Spokesman to Foreign Media for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He has an MBA in Public Policy from Arison School of Business, IDC Herzliya and is currently a Masters candidate in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University.

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Prior to joining SAI, Wan has gained solid hands-on experience in government operations in Washington D.C., including: Congress, Asian embassies, U.S. federal agencies, international business councils, think tanks, and nongovernmental organizations. She is currently responsible for developing social media strategies for various clients. Wan has a B.A. in Public Affairs from Syracuse University.

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Daniel is a recent graduate of Binghamton University-State University of New York where he triple-majored in English, Political Science and Political Philosophy, while also serving as the President and Editor-in-Chief of Pipe Dream, the student-run newspaper. His interests include marketing, statistics, law, politics, technology and cooking. Before joining SAI, Daniel interned for the Broome County District Attorney’s Office where he helped prosecute criminal cases. He also interned at Consumer Reports Magazine where he was responsible for implementing a cross-department workflow management system.