Dr. Birnbaum is a Brenda Danet post-doc at the Smart Institute of Communication at Hebrew University, and is now entering his third year as a visiting Israeli professor at SUNY Binghamton. He was also a research fellow at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at Hebrew University and has participated in many conferences at Israeli universities.
Cliff Smith is MEF's liaison to decision makers and opinion leaders in Washington, D.C. He holds a B.A. from Washington State University, an M.P.P. with a focus on international relations from Pepperdine University, and a law degree from the Catholic University of America. He is a member of the Maryland Bar. An experienced political operative, he is the veteran of numerous campaigns and has held several positions in Congress, most recently communications director for U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer.