MEET THE EXECUTIVE TEAM
Co-Founder & President
Cornell University '20
Born and raised in Montreal, Adam Shapiro is a senior at Cornell University studying real estate, finance, and hospitality. Adam is active in student government and business organizations on campus. Adam has worked in multiple real estate private equity groups, most recently at Angelo Gordon. Adam is committed to combatting social polarization by bringing people together.
Princeton University '21
Sarel Anbar grew up in San Diego, where he spent most of his time playing soccer, reading, and traveling to Mexico. After graduating early from high school, he spent time living in Paris, Tzfat, and Jerusalem. In his second year at Princeton, he helped to launch one of the only undergraduate chapters of the Federalist Society in the country, serving as its inaugural Director of Operations. A philosophy major, Sarel has interned at McKinsey & Company and the White House. He is currently studying acting abroad at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and will be interning at Bridgewater Associates this summer.
Chief Executive Officer
McGill University '22
Originally hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, Ben Spilg is a junior at McGill University studying strategic management and business analytics. He is very active in the thriving Jewish community on campus and is involved with a variety of Jewish groups. Ben is also the Chief Growth Officer of PennyDrops, a financial literacy non-profit.
Chief Operating Officer
Stanford University '21
Cami Tussie is currently a junior at Stanford studying Biological Engineering with a minor in Political Science. Born in Buenos Aires and raised in South Florida, Cami has been extremely involved in Jewish life while at Stanford. She sits on the board of Stanford’s Jewish Student Association and Israel Association while also being a Ronald S. Lauder Fellow through the World Jewish Congress. Cami has been heavily involved both in medicine and environmental work while at Stanford, conducting research through Stanford’s School of Medicine and being a Sustainability Leader for Stanford’s largest undergraduate residence hall.
Co-Founder & Head of Canada
University of Toronto Medical School '23
Justin Shapiro, born and raised in Montreal, is in his first year of medical school at University of Toronto. During his undergraduate studies at Western University, he served on the university's Board of Governors and Senate, the two highest authoritative bodies of Western. He has also served as the Co-Chair of the CJPAC Fellowship, Canada’s premiere pro-Israel political training program. Justin hopes to pursue a career in medicine, which will allow him to bridge his passion for policy, politics, and health through health diplomacy and healthcare leadership.
Chief External Officer
Cornell University '21
Levy Agaronnik, originally from New York, is a sophomore concentrating in finance at Cornell’s Dyson undergraduate School of Business. Levy has spent his past summers interning at BlackRock within their corporate development and alternative investment departments and interned at Vintage Investment Partners with Birthright Israel Excel. On-campus he is involved with the Chabad Board and is involved with several organizations such as the Professional Business Fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, the Mutual Investment Club of Cornell, and start-up Suna Breakfast. This upcoming summer he is excited to join Evercore as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst. Levy is passionate about Israel and has been involved with Start-up Nation Mentorship since his sophomore year.
University of Michigan '21
Elan Arnowitz is a junior from the Washington, D.C area. As the head of an entertainment company throughout high school, he decided to study business administration at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, where he is involved in the TAMID Group. As part of TAMID, Elan has drawn on his experience as a data analytics intern for Upside Door, a real estate startup, to provide consulting services for Israeli companies and manage an investment fund. He hopes to enter management consulting after graduation.
Chief Technology Officer
Cornell University '20
Matthew Barnello is a senior from Bethesda, MD. At Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, he concentrates in entrepreneurship and real estate. He has worked in many roles ranging from hospitality consulting to defense contracting. During his past internship with MFGS, Inc. he learned the tremendous value of technology and how it directly relates to the success of a company at any stage of its growth. At Start-Up Nation Mentorship, he is responsible for all back-end software, developing the user-friendly interface, and all aspects of technology within the program.