David Feinman has been Senior Legislative Associate for The Jewish Federations of North America since January 2010. In this capacity, Dave promotes the interests and concerns of 153 Jewish Federations and more than 300 independent communities to Members of Congress and the Obama Administration on a wide range of public policy issues, including the rights and social service needs of the disability community, poverty and nutrition, immigration, Holocaust-related issues, the U.S.-Israel relationship and other relevant foreign policy issues of concern to the Jewish community.
Dave also directs the Ruderman Family Foundation Opportunity Initiative, a pilot program created through a partnership of JFNA and the Ruderman Family Foundation to develop employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities at Federations through internships and fellowships.
Before joining The Jewish Federations of North America, Dave served as Legislative Assistant for former Congressman Robert Wexler of Florida from January 2007 through January 2010. Dave advised him on a number of legislative issues, including budget and tax policy, the U.S.-Israel relationship and the Middle East Peace Process, anti-Semitism and Holocaust-related issues, consumer product safety, and transportation. Prior to this, he served as Staff Assistant for former Congresswoman Shelley Berkley of Nevada from September- December 2006, and as an intern in Congressman Wexler’s office from June-September 2006.
Dave is an alum of the University of Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a focus on International Relations, and of the University of Central Florida, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Political Analysis and Public Policy. Dave’s Master’s thesis was titled: Divided Government and Congressional Foreign Policy: A Case Study of the Post-World War II Era in American Government.