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Manuel Mesa, President & CEO, Jewish American Defense Coalition

Manuel Mesa

CEO & Co-Founder, Jewish American Defense Coalition

Beginning with work as a Youth Director in 1996 and continuing through multiple leadership roles in synagogues and Jewish communities around the country, Manuel has personal experience with the challenges Jewish leaders face when working to secure their spaces and support community safety while managing day-to-day operations and budgeting pressure.

He brings both cultural and operational expertise, understanding the complexity of Jewish organizations and the demands placed on executive staff. Manuel has managed multiple strategic planning processes, is a successful fundraiser, and is well-versed in leading large, diverse teams. As both CEO and Co-Founder of JADC, Manuel seeks to be the knowledgeable, efficient, and compassionate security partner he knows Jewish leaders need as they navigate growing security threats.

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