White House to name new liaison to the Jewish community

After serving as White House liaison to the Jewish community under two Democratic presidents, Chanan Weissman will step down from the role. He will be replaced by Shelley Greenspan, who joined the White House as policy advisor for partnerships and global engagement at the National Security Council.

Greenspan’s background spans the federal government, the private sector, presidential campaigns and nonprofits.

After launching her career on AIPAC’s legislative team, where she covered the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, she worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign before spending three years in Amazon’s policy team in Washington.

Since 2020, she has worked at the State Department as a civil servant. She helped lead a national cohort of activists called “Jewish Women for Joe” during the 2020 presidential election.

The Jewish liaison position requires a nuanced understanding of the landscape of Jewish communal life, and a willingness to engage segments of that community that may be at odds with administration policy on many issues.

Greenspan, a Miami native, has held board positions with several U.S. Jewish organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Women International.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Greenspan first came to Washington, D.C., to intern for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) after meeting the congresswoman at UF Hillel during her freshman year of college.

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