Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, Executive Director

Rev. Dr. Cannon is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). Cannon formerly served as the senior director of Advocacy and Outreach for World Vision U.S. on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC; as consultant to the Middle East for child advocacy issues for Compassion International in Jerusalem; as the executive pastor of Hillside Covenant Church located in Walnut Creek, California; and as director of development and transformation for extension ministries at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois.

Cannon holds an MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary, an MBA from North Park University's School of Business and Nonprofit Management, and an MA in bioethics from Trinity International University. She received her doctorate in American History with a minor in Middle Eastern studies at the University of California (Davis) focusing on the history of the American Protestant church in Israel and Palestine. Her work has been highlighted in CNN, Chicago Tribune, Christianity Today, Leadership Magazine, The Christian Post, Jerusalem Post, EU Parliament Magazine, Huffington Post and other international media outlets.

Jessica Pollock-Kim, Legislative Affairs Director

Jessica Pollock-Kim joined CMEP in June 2014.  Her first introduction to Israelis and Palestinians was as part of a church pilgrimage with the United Methodist Church in 1999.  Since then, Jessica has taught English in Gaza City during the summer of 2000 and most recently spent summer 2012 living in Beit Sahour.  Jessica has a BS in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, a BA in International Studies and Economics from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.  She also studied the Middle East at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.