Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Pereg was the principal of Blich High School between the years 2004-2011. He was recognized as an outstanding principal by the city of Ramat Gan. Prior to that, he was the principal at Amit High School at Bar-Ilan University.

Dr. Pereg has a doctorate from Northeastern University. His doctoral thesis was about effective practices of successful principals in Israeli high schools. He has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Masters in Jewish Philosophy (with honors) and a law degree from Bar Ilan University.

Dr. Pereg is a graduate of the Wexner and Eisenhower leadership programs and is the co-chair of the alumni association of the Eisenhower program in Israel. He previously headed the alumni council of the Wexner program in Israel and served on the board of “Avney Rosha”, the Israeli Institute for School Leadership.


Senior Vice President, North America

Loni joins Youth Renewal Fund after 10 years at UJA-Federation of New York, where she most recently served as Associate Director in the Wall Street and Financial Services Division. Prior to her time at UJA, Loni worked at UBS in Fixed Income and Lending & Credit, as well as a financial advisor at Stifel Nicolaus. Loni oversees all aspects of Youth Renewal Fund’s fundraising, from young leadership to major gifts. Loni holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University, and an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. She lives in New York City with her husband and 2 daughters.


Chief Development Officer

Julie Pareles brings Youth Renewal Fund over fifteen years of fundraising capacity building experience. She served
most recently as Director of Development, NY Metro Area at Hadassah. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Blue Ocean Institute, Director of Development and Communications of Long Island Children’s Museum and Producing Director of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College. She is a Board member of the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools Endowment Fund and a former panelist for the NYS Council on the Arts and the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs.

Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Communications from Indiana University. She lives in Long Island and has two sons studying at Cornell University.


Development & Events Manager

Melissa joins Youth Renewal Fund with three years of experience in event planning and project management. She previously worked as an Associate Event Manager for Neuman’s Kitchen, a full service event planning and catering company in New York City. After two years with Neuman’s, Melissa participated in a teaching program in Thailand, helping kindergarten level students to improve their English language skills. Melissa oversees YRF’s young leadership community and manages all events.

Melissa graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.


Development & Marketing Manager

Olivia joins Youth Renewal Fund with a year and a half of experience in media planning and account coordination. She previously worked as a Media Planner/Buyer for Havas Media, working under numerous Philips brands where she developed integrated media strategies, managed set up and execution of digital marketing campaigns and supervised internal teams within Havas on behalf of the clients. Olivia oversees all marketing and communication for Youth Renewal Fund. Olivia graduated from The University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.