Maya Bozo-Schwartz

Director, Mandel Graduate Unit

Maya Bozo-Schwartz is the director of the Mandel Graduate Unit and has extensive experience in leading pedagogical change processes in schools and in systemic change processes in education. Before being appointed to her current position, she was the director of the Mandel Leadership Institute's Mandel Program for Academic Leadership. Prior to that, Maya was a member of the management team and head of research and development at Avney Rosha – the Israel Institute for School Leadership. She also worked at the Branco Weiss Institute, where she founded and co-directed its research and development unit. Maya holds a bachelor’s degree from the department of education and from the multidisciplinary program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has a master’s degree in philosophy of education from the same institution. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation in the department of education at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where her research explores verbal feedback in the school classroom. Maya is a graduate of Cohort 13 of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Senior Staff

Paz Hirschmann

Senior Staff Member

Paz Hirschmann is a senior staff member of the Mandel Graduate Unit. Before joining the Mandel Foundation–Israel, he was the CEO of the Hasharon and South Triangle Municipal Cluster, which brings together eight Jewish and seven Arab local authorities to collaborate on economic development. Previously, Paz served as co-CEO of Tsofen, an Arab-Jewish organization working to develop the tech industry in Israel’s Arab cities. In this capacity, he was listed by The Marker as one of the 100 most influential figures in the Israeli economy in 2017, and was awarded a prize for his contribution to coexistence by the Abraham Fund Initiatives in 2018. Paz is a graduate of Cohort 18 of the Mandel School of Educational Leadership, which he attended after a decade working on medical information systems. He holds a master’s degree in management from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from the Academic College of Tel Aviv–Yaffo. Paz is currently writing his thesis for a master’s degree in history at the University of Haifa, on the subject of economic development programs for Arab society in Israel devised by Mapam (the United Worker’s Party) in 1956–1966.

Dr. Naomi Mandel-Levy

Senior Staff Member

Dr. Naomi Mandel-Levy is a senior staff member of the Mandel Graduate Unit. Before joining the Mandel Foundation–Israel, she worked as a member of the research and development team at the Avney Rosha Institute for School Leadership, where she brought cutting-edge theoretical and practical knowledge to Ministry of Education supervisors and principals of schools serving impoverished populations. Previously, she worked in editing, writing, and knowledge development and dissemination in various settings, including the Israel Association of Community Centers, MAOZ, and the Environment and Health Fund. She has also served as coordinator of two expert committees as part of an applied research initiative that examined equality in education and explored non-formal education. Naomi holds a doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a master’s degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, both in political science. In recent years, she has studied editing at the David Yellin College of Education, and has served as a social consultant on matters of urban renewal.

Ruti Nissan

Senior Staff Member

Ruti Nissan is a senior staff member of the Mandel Graduate Unit. Prior to joining the Mandel Foundation–Israel, Ruti was the founder and principal of the Dora Campus, an elementary school for the arts in Netanya, which is based on an educational philosophy that emphasizes creating opportunities for high-quality, humanist education and free expression for students in Israel's socioeconomic periphery. Previously, Ruti worked in media and television, running her own production company and developing and producing program formats and prime-time TV shows for Israel’s Channel 2 as part of the Keshet Media Group. Ruti holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and film studies and a master’s degree in business administration, both from Tel Aviv University. In her new role at the Mandel Foundation–Israel, she is involved in developing new approaches for the Foundation’s graduate community. Ruti is a graduate of cohort 20 of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.


Galit Cohen

Coordinator, Mandel Graduate Community

Galit Cohen has worked for the Mandel Foundation–Israel in a variety of positions since 1993. Prior to her current position as the coordinator of the Mandel Graduate Community, she spent six years as the administrative director of the Mandel Leadership Institute. Galit holds a bachelor's degree in criminology from Beit Berl College. She also holds a certificate in instrumental enrichment from the Feuerstein Institute and a certificate in the 12-step method to treat addiction from the Retorno Center. Galit volunteers at the Atnachta hostel for youth at risk and her family served as an “adoptive family” for one of the young men there.

Nelly Bachar

Staff Member

Before joining the staff of the Mandel Graduate Unit, Nelly Bachar was the administrative director and a management member of Avney Rosha – The Israeli Institute for School Leadership, where she most recently was involved in planning and implementing the budget. Prior to that, she was responsible for managing the Institute’s array of professional development activities for school principals. Nelly holds a master’s degree in governance and public policy and a bachelor’s degree in communications, both from the Open University.