How to turn the tragedy into a strategic opportunity with Nadav Tamir, Executive Director of J Street Israel

4th March 2024

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Nadav Tamir is the Executive Director of J Street Israel and an Advisor for International and Governmental Affairs at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation.

Nadav served as the Senior Policy Adviser to the President of Israel during the last 3 years of the presidency of Shimon Peres.

Nadav returned to Israel in 2010 after serving as the Consul General of Israel to New England at the Consulate General of Israel in Boston for four years. He then served at the Policy Planning unit of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs until July 2011 when he joined the President’s Office.

Nadav joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993 and the following year began to serve as the Policy Assistant to the Foreign Minister. Nadav had the privilege to serve as a policy assistant under three Foreign Ministers – Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, and David Levy. He was then promoted to the position of Political Officer at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. in 1997. In 2001, Nadav was granted the position of Advisor to the Director General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.

Nadav was the chairperson of the Wexner – Israel Alumni Association. He was chosen as a Wexner Israel Fellow and earned his Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2004. Nadav is on the steering committee of the Geneva Initiative and on the board of the Mitvim think tank for regional foreign policy.

Prior to joining the Ministry, Nadav served as a security officer at the Residence of the President of the State of Israel, while simultaneously earning his B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Nadav was born and raised on Kibbutz Manara in northern Israel. He began his career in public service in 1980 in the IDF, where he eventually served as a company commander and retired with the rank of Major. He is married to Dr. Ronit Tamir, a dance educator, and is the father of Maya, Ido, and Naama.

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