Our Team

The team leading ELEM/ Youth in Distress in Israel is small, but mighty. Together, we have combined years of experience in the fields of fundraising, nonprofit, event planning, grant writing, community engagement, and marketing.

Liora Attias – Director of Operations

Liora joined the ELEM family right after graduating from New Jersey City University, where she was a psychology major. Liora first came on board as an Administrative Assistant, and her passion and years of commitment to ELEM allowed her to climb the ranks quickly, and become the Director of Operations. Additionally, she has a certificate in the field of event planning from NYIAD which is a great asset to the organization. ELEM’s mission statement is incredibly close to Liora’s heart, as she herself was a homeless youth when she was a teenager.

Contact: attias@elem.org

David Birnbaum – Director of Development

Prior to joining ELEM, David has been consulting nonprofits, creating and implementing strategic fundraising and marketing plans for organizations such as The Jaffa Institute, The Bnai Zion Foundation and Park East Synagogue and Day School. David served as Executive Director of American Friends of Meir Panim, raising money to help tens of thousands of disadvantaged men, women, and children living in Israel. He also served as Major Gift Officer at the UJA Federation of New York and fundraised for many important agencies around the globe. Additionally, David was Executive Director at Ohr Torah Stone, working with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin to raise money for a prestigious network of educational institutions and programs in Israel.

Contact: dbirnbaum@elem.org

Chen Drachman – Social Media and Outreach Manager

Chen is an Israeli-American actress, writer and producer. She became a permanent resident through an application of excellence in the field of production. Her scripts have been finalists/official selection in festival around the world. Her writing was also featured on websites such as AfterEllen. As a production consultant she helped produce theater, films and variety of events of different scales. She was part of a 3-person team producing the yearly gala of the Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York, at the Alice Tully Hall, 3 years in a row. She also consults different conventions around the country and is a certified translator with the NY court system. 

Contact: cdrachman@elem.org

Armond Banks – Grant Writer

Armond is the newest member of the ELEM family. He completed his undergraduate degree in Communication Arts at Marymount Manhattan College, and is currently finishing up his MPS in Urban Missions at Nyack College. He is professionally enthused at the opportunity to support the mission of ELEM through the world of development, more specifically grant writing. In addition to his degree programs, he holds a certificate in Grant Writing from the University of Georgia. Armond had the great privilege of being raised in a diverse community and is excited to give back to initiatives that impact similar communities worldwide.

Contact: abanks@elem.org