Aaren Alpert (she/her/hers) is the Director of the DFI. Born in 1985 and raised near Los Angeles, Aaren earned both a BA and an MA at the American Jewish University, where she was a FEREP Scholarship Fellow of the Jewish Federations of North America. Aaren is a graduate of Kivun, a Schusterman Foundation Professional Development Program as well as the M2 Senior Educators Cohort. She is an alumna of the Jeremiah Fellowship of the Progressive Jewish Alliance, the Shatil Fellowship of the New Israel Fund and The Dorot Fellowship in Israel. Aaren lives in Philadelphia.