Ari Breakstone

Born and raised in Berkeley, Ari has lived in the Bay Area for most of his life. After attending UC Santa Cruz, where he studied Anthropology and History and was editor-in-chief of a student newspaper, he began his career as a nonprofit development professional at the Jewish Community Federation. Since then he has worked at Gladstone Institutes, been an Urban Adamah Fellow, and is currently Institutional Giving Manager at The Contemporary Jewish Museum.  His time in the 2010-2011 cohort of the Bay Area Jeremiah Fellowship spurred him to combine his interest in social justice and activism with his Jewish background and community connections. Since then he has served on the Planning Team for Hazon’s 2011 Food Conference at UC Davis, helped Bend the Arc’s campaign work for Prop 30 in 2012, has been on the Progressive Taxation for the Common Good Campaign Team since 2013—serving as the Chair since July 2015—and attended the 2015 National Field Training in Washington DC. He identifies with the Tradescantia zebrina (aka “Wandering Jew”) plant and its circuitous journey towards the light.