Natalie Farahan, Los Angeles Program DirectorNatalie is a native of Indianapolis, IN and is a first-generation American with grandparents and parents who all emigrated from Iraq, Iran, and Israel. She is passionate about JIMENA’s mission and sees the organization as a vehicle to further the story of the Mizrahi Jewish refugees as well as their contributions to modern day society. “JIMENA fills the gaps of public knowledge in the story of Jewish immigration and their work ensures that the history of Mizrahi Jews remains alive for the benefit of future generations” said Natalie.

Natalie hopes that JIMENA’s presence in Los Angeles will offer a new avenue for communal engagement and a public voice to the Mizrahi Jewish community. “I am honored to join JIMENA and I look forward to the opportunities and partnerships that the Los Angeles area offers.”

Natalie holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a focus in Entrepreneurship from Loyola Marymount University. She recently completed a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management from Hebrew Union College. During her tenure as a graduate student, she spent time interning at the Women’s Department of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles and at the International Relations Department of American Jewish Committee’s Los Angeles chapter.