For Immediate Release:
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
Washington, D.C., Laszlo Strategies, a sophisticated strategic communications firm, is pleased to announce new additions to their growing team. Meagan Buren, an expert in public opinion research and strategic communications, will serve as Vice President. She joins Laszlo from being Senior Project Director at Luntz Global where she worked directly for Frank Luntz, PhD on image building, public opinion research and branding for Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations. Joining in the area of Fundraising and Institution Building is David Belkin, a seasoned development professional. Both Buren and Belkin will be strong assets to helping Laszlo’s clients achieve their goals. (Full bios below).
Laszlo Strategies is also delighted to introduce a new strategic partner in Kam Global Strategies (www.KamGS.com), headed by Laura Kam, based in Jerusalem, Israel. Kam offers business, media and political connections. She worked with Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi at The Israel Project where Kam previously served as Executive Director for Global Affairs. Said Kam, “The alliance will allow both firms to better serve clients based on opposite sides of the ocean to function seamlessly in an increasingly global media and policy environment.” Laszlo and Kam will serve an international clientele focusing on Israel and China, where they have extensive contacts and experience.
“On a personal note, I have known and worked with Meagan Buren, Laura Kam and David Belkin for years” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi. Buren, Belkin and Kam all worked for at least seven years with Mizrahi at The Israel Project. “They are outstanding professionals and human beings” continued Mizrahi.
Laszlo Strategies is committed to helping clients achieve success – whether it is discovering their public voice and image or building an organization. Laszlo’s proven team of expert strategists and communications professionals works to identify solutions and strategies for complex challenges.
Laszlo Strategies and its professional team are steeped in political, governmental and non-profit experience, specializing in helping non-profits, advocacy organizations and campaigns. They have served a wide variety of clients and also have a specialty in serving groups that champion the causes of medical science and people with disabilities and differences.
Earlier Laszlo Strategies released national polls on Alzheimer’s and on disability issues. Mizrahi also hosted panels on “Campaign 2012: What Happened and What does it Mean?” which was aired nationally on CSPAN. Mizrahi also recently played a leadership role in bringing forward a major conference on inclusion for people with disabilities in Jewish institutions and is partnering with Foundation for Jewish Camp to conduct research on special needs camp opportunities for the Jewish Community. Additionally, she has published widely on these issues.
“The year ahead will bring many changes to America and the world.” There are great challenges facing business, political leaders, non-profits and the people they serve.” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi. “Our team has a rich background in winning political and issue advocacy campaigns. We are ready to help clients achieve their goals.”
Bios and Headshots:
David H. Belkin, Fundraising and Institution Building
David Belkin has more than 30 years experience working with philanthropic institutions. He assists non-profits in all aspects of their fundraising, including directing capital campaigns, creating endowment and planned giving programs, and supervising grant making.
From 2003-2012 Belkin consulted on fundraising while he was at The Israel Project (TIP). That organization raised as much as $19 million a year. From 1981 to 2003, Belkin served the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington as the director of its United Jewish Endowment Fund helping develop its assets from $3 million to in excess of $120 million. As part of his Endowment Fund responsibilities, he staffed its Grants and Investment Committees. In addition to those duties, he was also the assistant executive vice president at the Federation, responsible for among other matters the marketing department and acting as liaison on legal matters with Federation’s legal counsel.
He has been to Israel numerous times on fact finding and fundraising missions. He was on the Board of the National Capital Gift Planning Council and chaired their three day Planned Giving Days in 1998 for endowment professionals of all skill levels. He also chaired the annual UJC Endowment Professionals Institute for his colleagues.
Since 2003, he has helped numerous non-profits in all areas of their fundraising. Among his other clients, he was a consultant to a day school in Annapolis Md. helping them successfully complete a capital fundraising program that allowed them to build a new and modern building for their students. Currently Belkin provides consulting services to a non-profit client that raises funds for medical research. He has also been a consultant to AIPAC, assisting them with their planned giving program. He has also helped to train nonprofit boards in their fundraising responsibilities.
Belkin has been a frequent speaker at professional conferences. A Certified Public Accountant, he received his undergraduate degree from Temple University and his law degree from Villanova University. He is married with two daughters and has lived in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Ellen, since 1972.
Meagan Buren, Vice President
Meagan Buren serves as Vice President of Laszlo Strategies. Her background in public opinion research, strategy and press relations is critical to helping clients achieve their communication goals. Previously she served as Senior Project Director for Luntz Global, a leader in corporate, political and non-profit message creation and image management worldwide. There she helped shape the narrative and communications strategies for numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as non-profit clients.
Prior to joining Luntz Global, Buren worked since almost the inception of The Israel Project (TIP), in Washington, D.C., with Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi. The two worked side by side for eight years. Together, and with their teams, they built the organization from nothing to a major educational policy and communications organization that reached out globally in ten languages.
For TIP she managed focus groups, polling, dial testing, grassroots training, and media outreach in the US, Europe, Russia and the Arab world. Buren conducted interactive language and media training sessions for ambassadors, top-ranking public officials, professionals and leaders key to impacting Israel’s image, Middle East security and peace. As part of a small group of advisors she impacted the messaging of Israeli prime ministers and their key staff and orchestrated media tours of Israeli spokespeople worldwide.
She has been interviewed on national and international television and radio commenting on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, efforts to delegitimize Israel and the threat of Iran.
Buren holds a Masters in Communications, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University, a BA in International Studies Specifying in the Middle East, and a BA in Hebrew from The Ohio State University. She is a member of the Columbus 11 class of the Wexner Heritage Program.
Laura Kam, President of Kam Global Strategies,
Strategic Partner Organization
Laura Kam works on high level policy and connects business leaders. Based in Jerusalem, Israel, her connections and skills help leaders from United States, Europe, Israel, China, India and other countries see results globally. Kam, who worked with Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi for 7 years previously at The Israel Project, pioneered its work in China, India, Russia, Europe and on the issue of Iran. She has spent decades working with top press, politicians, diplomats and think-tanks from across the globe.
Kam’s breakthrough work included developing communications strategy, including media tours of Israeli business experts, to meet with top tier Chinese media and leaders throughout the nation. Segments about Israel and technology aired on CCTV and Xinhu and thousands of print media hits were achieved including in the People’s Daily, China Daily, Beijing Times, Economic Observer and 21 Century Business.
In India her team placed articles highlighting Israel-Indo cooperation in fields such as agri-tech and homeland security in the mainstream Indian media, as well as in the Urdu media which caters to India’s large Muslim population.
Kam has developed know-how on how to reach opinion makers electronically and through social media to over fifty-thousand journalists in 10 languages.
Prior to joining TIP, Kam worked for the Anti-Defamation League for 17 years, including as co-director of the ADL's Israel office, and was responsible for all areas of media relations for the League's Jerusalem office. She was also responsible for organizing missions that brought key U.S. Senators and members of Congress, law enforcement officials, journalists and other leader and opinion-makers to Israel.
Kam previously worked as a press officer at the Israeli Consulate in New York City.
She is married to Israeli Ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff with whom she has lived on assignment in New York and Washington, DC. Kam currently resides in Jerusalem.