Israel Policy Forum is excited to announce the establishment of the Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation Director of Policy Research, thanks to a major multi-year gift from the foundation. 

“The generosity of the Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation will strengthen Israel Policy Forum’s ability to be a central resource for policymakers and community leaders seeking credible and impactful policy analysis and research,” said David A. Halperin, Israel Policy Forum’s CEO. “The multi-year investment in this position, currently held by Dr. Shira Efron, will ensure we are thoughtfully and strategically examining some of the most complex issues shaping the future of Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the wider region, in pursuit of sensible and pragmatic policy solutions.”

“We are very excited about establishing a long-term relationship with Israel Policy Forum,” Jeffrey Neiman, vice president of the Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation, stated. “Their work has historically provided insight and impact on important policy issues. We feel confident that Dr. Efron’s addition to the team as the Director of Policy Research will enable the quality of Israel Policy Forum’s work to reach even greater heights.”

Israel Policy Forum’s mission is to educate and build support for a viable resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on two states, providing for Israel’s security as a Jewish and democratic state. Our organization generates policy analysis, research, educational resources, and programming engaging U.S. policymakers and American Jewish community leaders. 

As the Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation Director of Policy Research, Dr. Shira Efron is already leading a range of policy initiatives soon to be launched. Prior to this role, Dr. Efron served as RAND Corporation’s researcher and special advisor on Israel and as a policy advisor at Israel Policy Forum. Based in Israel, Efron serves as a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, a consultant with the United Nations country team in Jerusalem advising on Gaza access issues, and co-chair of the subgroup on national security and regional cooperation of the President’s Israeli Climate Change Forum. She has a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in policy analysis from RAND’s Graduate School, an M.A. in international relations/international business from New York University, and a B.Sc. in biology (major) and computer science (minor) from Tel Aviv University. She is a member of the board of directors of Deborah Forum, which promotes women in the security establishment.

The Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation, a longtime supporter of Israel Policy Forum, is dedicated to the prosperity and safety of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people and to the vitality and enrichment of Jewish communities in Israel, Los Angeles, and throughout the world. The Foundation is also focused on medical research and advancements in Israel and the United States, humanitarian relief efforts globally, and other areas of urgent need that may arise.