Meredith Rose Burak
Meredith facilitates innovative solutions across the fields of advocacy, philanthropy and for-profit investing to create worldwide political and economic change. Meredith is passionate about fostering innovative thinking and advises start-up companies at the intersection of capital formation and public relations. She is the director of Global Relations for Asana Bio Group, a cannabinoid-based research and development company focused on women’s health, located in Jerusalem Biotech Park, Hebrew University. As a former financial executive at Merrill Lynch, Meredith provided strategic investment and philanthropic advice, managing hundreds of millions of dollars in assets for nonprofit organizations and labor unions. In the past, Meredith was a director of communications at the New York City Council where she organized high-profile citywide public relation campaigns to influence legislation, policy and the municipal budget. While working in New York City politics, Meredith began advising political candidates. Most recently, Meredith advised the campaign for Bernie Sanders for US President, and currently serves as Secretary of the board of directors of The Sanders Institute. Meredith serves as chair of Public-Private Partnerships at the Survivor Initiative, catalysing tens of millions of dollars for the country’s tens of thousands of impoverished Holocaust survivors. In honor of her Mom, Meredith founded and is president of the Mary Haas Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Foundation, which funds awareness and research for the disease. Passionate about education and empowering future leaders, Meredith is the youngest professional on the board of directors of Hillel International.