David Bocarsly is the Executive Director of the Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California (JPAC), the voice of California’s Jewish community to the State Capitol, and the largest single-state coalition of Jewish organizations in the nation. Comprised of 30 leading Jewish community organizations – including Jewish Federations, Jewish Community Relations Councils, Jewish Family Service agencies, and others – JPAC advocates in Sacramento on behalf of the Jewish community’s concerns and broadly shared values.
Prior to joining JPAC, David served as the Director of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, curating and implementing legislative and advocacy efforts for its 18 elected officials. In that capacity, he created an annual Tikkun Olam–Repairing the World bill package, guided the Caucus’s efforts to establish a widely-accepted statewide Ethnic Studies curriculum, and drove advocacy efforts that secured over $150 million from the state budget for Jewish community priorities.
He has worked for campaigns and elected officials at all levels of government, including U.S. Congressmember Jerry Nadler. Previously, he was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, UCLA’s first kippah-wearing Student Body President, and earned his Master of Public Policy degree from USC with a Certificate in Social Justice.
David is an alumnus of many distinguished fellowships, including the New Leaders Council Institute, Schusterman Foundation’s ROI Community, Jewish Federation’s New Leaders Project, and America Indivisible’s Public Leaders for Inclusion Council. He serves as a delegate to the Democratic State Central Committee, on the Jewish Democratic Council of America’s New Leadership Council, and on the board of Los Angeles Hebrew High School.
David’s professional journey through the intersection of Judaism and politics stems from his Jewish upbringing in Los Angeles. His involvement in Camp Ramah, United Synagogue Youth, Nativ, and UCLA Hillel guided his belief in justice as a core component of Jewish tradition and political activism as an impactful tool to achieving desired change.
In his spare time, David enjoys dancing, backgammon, LA sports, and scenic overlooks. He is on Twitter at @davidbocarsly.
Helena Weiss-Duman, PMP, is a project manager, conference producer, and educator. As a past Advocacy Day attendee, she is thrilled to be more involved and support the work of JPAC. She is especially interested in immigration advocacy as her father was a Holocaust refugee.
Professionally, she has three decades of experience in public relations and event management. She currently serves as the Deputy Director of External Relations and Marketing Communications at UC Berkeley. As a consultant, she teaches project management at UC Berkeley Extension and has produced conferences at Berkeley, Stanford, and MIT.
Helena loves entertaining, traveling, and studying the cultural anthropology of religion. She enjoys her new empty-nesting status with her husband in the San Francisco East Bay (Castro Valley) and is a member of Temple Sinai in Oakland, where she has served on the board and the education committee and chaired Mitzvah Day.
Adam Jackman is a current junior at the University of Southern California studying history and political science. A native of Long Island, New York, he initially broke into the field of public policy as a student researcher at Dartmouth College in the Summer of 2018, writing a report on healthcare policy. After starting his freshman year at USC, Adam interned with the California Strategies Lobbying Firm, advocating for changes to Early Childhood Education Policy in the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services.
Moving back to New York during the COVID-19 pandemic, Adam interned virtually in the office of Congressman Lee Zeldin before assuming the role of campaign manager in his hometown state senate race in the Fall of 2020. He then spent the Spring and Summer of 2021 interning for CA-39 Congresswoman Young Kim, and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs respectively. Currently, Adam is also serving as the President of the USC American Conservation Coalition, leading student and community wide environmental cleanups.
The 2021-2022 JPAC student intern brings a plethora of experience to the role including virtual graphics work, community organizing, and digital media and communications. In his role, Adam has managed the JPAC social media accounts, promoted JPAC priorities on college campuses across the Golden State, and provided changes to update JPAC’s website.
Cliff Berg is the President of Governmental Advocates and serve as JPAC’s representative in Sacramento. In this role, Mr. Berg works in a bipartisan manner to build deep relationships with legislative policy makers, the Administration and state agencies to advocate for JPAC’s policy priorities, including social services, traditional community concerns, and the broadly shared values that affect the residents of California.
He joined Governmental Advocates in 1995 and began working with JPAC in 1998 after spending 40 years in state government service, the last 22 of which were spent working for the California State Senate. Immediately prior to joining Governmental Advocates, Mr. Berg served 11 years as Executive Officer of the Senate. As Executive Officer, Mr. Berg was responsible for the administration of the State Senate and worked directly for two successive President Pro Tempores, Senator David Roberti and Senator Bill Lockyer. Due to this experience, Mr. Berg brings JPAC a unique perspective on the legislative and governmental process and insights into the politics of policy making in California.
He is a member of the California State Bar and a graduate of McGeorge School of Law. He has his B.A. from Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Active in the Sacramento Jewish community, Mr. Berg is currently on the Board of the Sacramento Jewish Federation and is active in a wide variety of civic organizations. He is married to his wife Debra and has three children.