Jeremy Ben-Ami is the President of J Street, bringing to the organization deep experience in American politics, a strong belief in the power of diplomacy and a passionate commitment to the state of Israel. In this role, he has been at the center of the evolving debate around Israel and US foreign policy in Washington and in the American Jewish community.
As a leading national commentator on US foreign policy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Ben-Ami has been profiled in The New York Times, Washington Post and CQ. His writing has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Politico, The Guardian and many other outlets. Ben-Ami appeared as a guest on CNN, MSNBC and the Colbert Report, and has headlined lectures, debates and public discussions in communities across the United States.
Ben-Ami was one of the leading advocates in the successful campaign to secure congressional approval for the Iran nuclear agreement. He consults regularly with leading policymakers, officials and experts on foreign policy, national security and the US-Israel relationship. A veteran political staffer, he served in the White House in the mid-1990s as an adviser to President Bill Clinton. He has worked on seven Presidential and numerous state and local campaigns, serving as Howard Dean’s National Policy Director in 2004 and co-managing a New York City mayoral campaign in 2001.
Ben-Ami received a law degree from New York University and is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Relations at Princeton University. He lives in the suburbs of Washington DC with his wife and their two children.