JOCOF Faculty 2023-2024

Headshot of Leili Davari with an outdoor backgroundLeili Davari

Leili (she/her) joins the JOIN JOCF faculty with 11 years experience of grassroots organizing, cohort facilitation, JOC Community building and leadership development. She is currently the Director of Racial Equity and Inclusion for the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable (JSJR). Her experience includes political campaigns in support of labor rights for domestic workers, local school funding, criminal justice reform, and immigration reform. Before joining JSJR, Leili was the Selah Program Director at Bend the Arc where she led two cohorts dedicated to Jewish People of Color. She has a BA in Political Science from New Mexico State University and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. As a woman of Mexican and Iranian heritage, Leili takes pride in cooking her family recipes such as Khoresh Bademjan and enchiladas. She lives in Dallas, TX.

Jonathan Mendoza wearing a blue button down shirt HeadshotJonathan Mendoza

Jonathan Mendoza (he) is a Jewish and Mexican-American political and community organizer, educator, and artist. He fuses social and political organizing with arts and education to strengthen movements for social justice and democracy locally and abroad. Jonathan has organized across the US and in Mexico around youth power, housing, policing, democratization, Jewish-Palestinian solidarity, and migrant and economic justice. He is a Berklee College of Music graduate with a BA in Arts for Social Advocacy and minors in Political Science and Poetry. He is currently a masters student in Democracy and Governance at Georgetown University.

 Headshot of Courtney Parker West wearing a blue pattern dress with a white cover up sweater Courtney Parker West

Courtney Parker West (she/her/hers) is a Ph.D. student in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of WI-Madison where she focuses on Black spirituality and supporting educators of color experiencing racial stress. She is a former public school teacher who went on to work in education nonprofit for nearly a decade. Additionally, she is a community and institutional organizer working on intersectional anti-racism in education, faith-based communities, and community groups; she co-founded an antiracist DEI consultancy in 2016 and continues to work with clients in various fields. She is working on one of several coaching certifications. She has been a featured writer for Huffington Post, Quartz, Daily Dot, and Catalogue Magazine, addressing race, identity, movement building, and reproductive justice issues. In her downtime, she enjoys hosting friends for meals, being obsessed with Star Trek, and being an opinionated introvert with wine.