STAFF IN THE UNITED STATES

Lee Gordon, Executive Director & Co-founder 
Originally from the United States, Lee lived in Israel for two decades, actively involved in Jewish-Arab dialogue. He earned an M.A. in social work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and graduated from the Mandel Institute's prestigious School for Educational Leadership. Lee is a veteran social activist and community organizer, having worked and volunteered for numerous educational and community organizations. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and three children, where he builds a network of international support for Hand in Hand. Read Lee's recollection of Hand in Hand's early days.


Patty Smith, Portland Office Manager
Taking care of the day-to-day office duties, Patty, a native Portlander, has been at Hand in Hand for 10 years. Coming from a background in business and working in areas of marketing, sales and administration for almost 40 years, Patty manages all incoming donations, the donor database, mailings, correspondence, accounts payable and other miscellaneous duties. She lives in Beaverton with her husband and has three grown children and two grandchildren.


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