Robert Williams, PhD
Executive Director

Dr. Robert J. Williams is the Finci-Viterbi Executive Director of USC Shoah Foundation. He is UNESCO Chair on Antisemitism and Holocaust Research and the Advisor to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, where he also served for four years as chair of the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial.

Catherine E. Clark, PhD
Senior Director of Programs

Trained as a historian of modern Europe in USC’s History Department, Clark comes to the Shoah Foundation from MIT, where she has been the Faculty Director of MIT’s Programs in the Digital Humanities.

Sam Gustman
Chief Technology Officer, USC Shoah Foundation, Associate Dean of Technology, USC Libraries

Sam Gustman has been chief technology officer (CTO) of the Shoah Foundation since 1994. Gustman is also associate dean and CTO at the USC Libraries where he oversees IT for the Libraries and started the USC Digital Repository.

Jenna Leventhal
Senior Director for Administration

Jenna Leventhal is the Senior Director of Administration at USC Shoah Foundation. She earned a BA in history from UC Santa Barbara and an MA in public history from University of Houston, with an emphasis in Holocaust education and oral history.

Kate Canada Obregon, PhD
Director of Marketing and Communications

Kate Canada Obregon, Ph.D. is the USC Shoah Foundation's Director of Marketing and Communications. Before this role, she served as a Managing Partner at Oishii Creative, a creative and brand strategy firm working with companies such as EA Games, FOX, NBC-Universal, NFL Network, Scripps Media, Disney, and Discovery.

Cynthia Schirmer
Director of Budget and Finance

Cynthia Schirmer currently oversees the finances and business operations of the Institute.

Andrea Waldron
Assistant Vice President, Advancement

Meet our Team
Sandra Aguilar
Manager, Metadata

Sandra Aguilar oversees metadata, indexing, and institutional archiving.

Sedda Antekelian, EdD
Senior Learning and Development Specialist

Sedda Antekelian develops educational content, programming and community partnerships utilizing Armenian Genocide testimony collections.

Alan Auyeung
Video Archivist & Post-Production Specialist

Alan Auyeung oversees the collection, management and transfer area of broadcast video equipment; administers educational, instructional and referen

Nita Awatramani
Information Security Officer

Doug Ballman
Technical Project Leader

Doug works in the Institute’s technology group as a Technical Project Leader on a variety of different technology projects including the current, m

Crispin Brooks

Crispin Brooks is the curator of the Institute’s Visual History Archive. He holds a M.Phil.

David Brown
Senior Systems Administrator

McKenna Brown
Education Coordinator

McKenna received their undergraduate education from University of California, Santa Cruz, studying Legal Studies and Politics. Professionally, McKenna also brings valuable experience in event coordination from their time as an Events Assistant at UCSC's Career Center.

Kelsey Burke
Social Media Coordinator

Kelsey Burke oversees the USC Shoah Foundation social media channels by leading the social media strategy, curating content, and engaging with foll

Mills Chang
Senior Software Architect

Mills Chang is the Senior Software Architect leading the software development of USC Shoah Foundation ITS Department.

Cerllin Chill
Metadata Analyst Intern

She is responsible for inputting and organizing metadata associated with the Foundation’s vast collection of audiovisual testimonies of Holocaust survivors and witnesses.

Lesly Culp, EdD
Director of Education and Outreach

Lesly Culp, is USC Shoah Foundation’s Director of Education. In her role, she leads the educational strategic plan to make audiovisual testimonies and interactive biographies of survivors and witnesses of genocide and mass atrocity accessible to educators and students worldwide.

Noah Ehrlich
Associate Director, Annual Giving

Noah began his role as Associate Director of Annual Giving for USC Shoah Foundation in 2021.

Daryn Eller

Daryn Eller manages the Institute’s institutional media collection and participates in cataloging the Visual History Archive testimonies.

Julie Greenbaum Fax
Content Strategist and Writer

Julie Gruenbaum Fax is a content strategist and creator on our communications team, responsible for institutional storytelling, feature writing, and strategic messaging.

Ryan Fenton-Strauss
Interim Director, Media and Archives

Ryan Fenton-Strauss manages the video archive and post-production team.  He joined the USC Shoah Foundation in 2003, and oversees the digitization

Shana Fishman
Senior Grant Writer, Constituent Affairs

Shana Fishman is a grant writer on the constituent affairs team responsible for composing grant proposals to support existing and planned program a

Lindsay Friedman
Program Director

Lindsay manages Echoes & Reflections, the Institute's flagship Holocaust Education program with ADL and Yad Vashem.

Soumya Nambi Ganesh
Metadata Analyst Intern

Soumya Nambi Ganesh is a Metadata Analyst Intern at the USC Shoah Foundation.

Inna Gogina

Inna Gogina is the archivist of the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive.

Zachary Goode
Post-Production Supervisor

Zachary Goode fulfills most filming and editing requests that come to ITS.  He also helps oversee the digitization and quality control of new colle

Ita Gordon

Ita is a cataloguer and indexer of Holocaust survivors testimonies. She also worked as a translator.

Elia Groode
Intern, Dimensions in Testimony

Elia Groode is a student majoring in Law, History, and Culture and minoring in Consumer Behavior.

Kathy Guyton
Office Manager, ITS

Rachel Herman
Program Platforms Lead

Rachel Herman is the Program Platforms Lead of the USC Shoah Foundation. In this role, Rachel manages IWitness, the Visual History Archive, SFI Access, Echoes & Reflections and the building of in-app and Virtual IWalks. Rachel joined the Institute in 2017, working as a content specialist with the Education team.

Will Horowitz
Special Project Lead, Executive Office

Will Horowitz provides external relations for the USC Shoah Foundation.

Sandhya Venkat Iyer
Senior Software Engineer

Sandhya Iyer is a Senior Programmer at USC Shoah Foundation.

Hamza Kamil
Media Production Intern

Hamza Kamil, a junior undergrad in the Interactive Media and Game Design program at USC, has had the privilege of serving as a Media Production Intern at the USC Shoah Foundation.

Karen Kim, PhD
Senior Research Associate

Karen Kim is the senior researcher and evaluator for the USC Shoah Foundation.

Monika Koszyńska
Regional Consultant, Poland

Monika Koszyńska, USC Shoah Foundation education specialist since 2011, lives in Warsaw, Poland.

Jeffrey Langham, PhD

Jeffrey Langham oversees the management and the strategic development of the Institute's website.

Akhila Marupaduga
Quality Assurance Engineer

Susan McKibben, PhD
Program Manager

Prior to joining the USC Shoah Foundation she was Administrative Director of the USC Rossier School of Education's Center on Education Policy, Equity and Governance.

Grace Nielsen
Marketing Coordinator

Grace develops content and strategies to promote the Institute’s programs. Grace received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and her master’s in public relations and advertising from USC Annenberg. While studying at USC, Grace worked with USC Shoah Foundation as the Celina Biniaz Intern.

Anita Pace
Managing Director of Technology

Anita Pace, Director of Technology for the Shoah Foundation Institute at the University of Southern California, is responsible for ov

Alex Paiva, Jr
Programmer Analyst III

Alex Paiva Jr is a programmer helping build the Dimension in Testimony platform by using AI services to allow for an interactive experience with te

Larina Palacpac
Business Operations Coordinator

Larina Palacpac supports the financial management of the Institute by assisting in account reconciliation, budget development and financial reporti

Rachel Peacock
Production Coordinator

Rachel Peacock has a B.S. in Telecommunications Production from University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications.

Wendy Pedersen
Senior Analyst, Budget Management

Wendy manages budgets, serves as a bridge between the Operations, Finances, and our other departments at the Institute.

Jayne Perilstein
Executive Director of Development

Jayne joined USC Shoah Foundation in 2012, and is based in New York and Philadelphia.

Susan Popler
Director of Distribution

Susan Popler is Director of the Visual History Archive Program where she is driving initiatives to reimagine how audiences access, engage with and

Matthew Rabin
Senior Director of Development

Since December 2021 Matthew Rabin has served as Senior Director of Development for USC Shoah Foundation, coming from his prior role as Chief Develo

Adriana Reynoso
Holocaust Testimony Indexer

Adriana Reynoso is a Holocaust Indexer for USC Shoah Foundation. She also supports the training program of new indexers for Holocaust and Guatemalan Genocide testimonies.

Jennifer Rodgers, PhD
Director of Academic Programs

Jennifer Rodgers is a historian of modern Germany and Europe. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania, where she wrote a dissertation on the International Tracing Service (ITS), the first study of this Holocaust-era humanitarian organization.

Zovaira Rodriguez
Procurement Specialist

Zovaira Rodriguez is the Procurement Specialist for the USC Shoah Foundation and has been with the institute for 3 years.

Michael Russell
Programmer Analyst

Michael Russell is a lead web developer at USC Shoah foundation.

Arie Salma
Programming Analyst III

Arie Salma is a web developer and program analyst for the Shoah Foundation. He specializes in front end, back end and CMS development.

Lacey Schauwecker, PhD
Program and Development Lead

Lacey manages higher education programs and partners closely with students, faculty, and other campus organizations.

Jeff Schulz
Senior Software Engineer

Jeff Schulz is a Senior Software Engineer leading the Angular development for USC Shoah Foundation's interactive web sites.

Ari Şekeryan, PhD
Armenian Genocide Testimony Indexer

Ari Şekeryan received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2018 and has since held research positions at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, California State University–Fresno, the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and the University of Cambridge.

Jaclyn Singer
Events Manager

Jaclyn Singer has a lifelong passion for Judaism, Israel and community-building. She holds a bachelor's degree in social science from San Diego State University and a master's in security and diplomacy from Tel Aviv University.

Richard Starr
Application Programmer

Andrea Szőnyi
International Education Consultant

Andrea Szőnyi is based in Budapest (Hungary) and oversees the Institute's international educational programs including content development, profess

Tom Tearney, PhD
Holocaust Testimony Indexer

Tom indexes Holocaust survivor testimonies for the Visual History Archive.

Hoan Tran
UNIX System Administrator

Hoan Tran oversees the data archival and storage infrastructure for the Institute’s content.

Edith Umugiraneza

Edith Umugiraneza joined the USC Shoah Foundation in 2009 as a consultant and later became an indexer.

Svetlana Ushakova
Program Specialist

Svetlana Ushakova provides the service of research, annotation, and evaluation to the Dimensions in Testimony program.

Consolée Uwamariya
Preservation Supervisor

Chetham Visweswar
Senior Software Engineer

Nicole Watkins
Director of Donor Relations

Nicole Watkins serves as the Director of Donor Relations for USC Shoah Foundation’s Advancement team and is responsible for managing our donor rela

Mark Weicht
Video Archivist and Post Production Specialist

Mark Weicht is a Video Archivist and Post Production Specialist.

Harold Williams
Visitor Experience/Facilities

Harold is a South Carolina State University graduate with a B.A. in Political Science.

Cate Wilson, PhD
Manager of Organizational Engagement and Strategic Partnership

Cate Wilson is the Community Engagement and Outreach specialist for the USC Shoah Foundation’s education department.

Letisha Young
Senior Office Manager

Letisha Young joined the Shoah Foundation in July of 2017 as the Program Manager of Administrative Programs.

Aaron Zarrow
Acting Manager, Curation

On staff since 2011, strategic communications manager Aaron Zarrow joined the organization for the first time in 1995 as a production assistant.

In Memoriam
Kim Simon
Managing Director (In Memoriam)

Having been at the Institute for 25 years, Kim Simon was involved in developing and scaling the Institute’s impact and reach globally. She directed the development and implementation of key public engagement programs that connect USC Shoah Foundation to its many distinct audiences.

Emeritus Staff

Karen Jungblut

Stephen D. Smith

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