Who We Are

Ronit Heyd

Executive Director

Ronit joined Shatil in 2001 and was appointed Executive Director in 2010.  She oversees the management of all Shatil projects, consultation and training, coalition activities, fundraising and administration and serves as the primary link between Shatil and the New Israel Fund and its Board of Directors.

Prior to becoming Shatil’s Executive Director she coordinated our Religious Pluralism Project, and more recently, directed the Social and Economic Justice Initiative.

Ronit received a B.A. in Psychology and Multi-disciplinary studies and an M.A. in Social Psychology, graduating both “with exceeding excellence”, from the Hebrew University. She has also worked as a teacher, editor and writer, and has published a children’s book titled “Maneira the Witch”.


Carlos Sztyglic

Associate Director

Carlos has been with Shatil since 1989 and has served as Associate Director since 1992. He serves as liaison for strengthening Shatil -NIF joint work and strategic processes. He is also in charge of strengthening Shatil’s ties with the third sector and collaborations with academia.

Carlos’s background is in community social work and organizational consulting. He also represents the Israeli Alliance of Infrastructure Organizations’ on the Board of Directors of the Israeli Association of Non Profit and Voluntary Organizations.


Elana Silver

Associate Director

Elana first joined Shatil as an intern in 2005, shortly after making Aliyah. Within a short time she became a regular staff member of the resource development department, eventually serving as department manager. In 2012 Elana left Shatil to head up the Development Department at Bimkom-Planners for Planning Rights where she further honed her capacities in the field.

In 2016 Elana returned to Shatil as Associate Director in charge of development.

Prior to making aliyah, Elana worked as a fundraiser for the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment and Planned Parenthood of Georgia. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Brauch College.


Fathi Marshood

Haifa Office Director

Fathi joined Shatil in 1992 and supervises the provision of services to organizations and proactive work in northern Israel. Fathi also provides direct organizational assistance to organizations throughout the North.

Fathi has extensive experience in organizational consultation; professional training; human resource development; and community work. He has published academic articles on social change organizations and has presented and participated in international conferences focusing on education and social change.

Fathi holds a B.A. in General History and Political Science from Haifa University; an M.A. in Special Education from the Hebrew University; and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is also a graduate of the Hebrew University’s Schwartz Certificate Program.


Sultan Abu Obaid

Beersheba Office Director

Sultan joined Shatil in 2005. Sultan works to promote social change in the Negev through instruction and empowerment of local organizations and communities, with a special emphasis on the Bedouin Community.  He supervises all Shatil Negev based activities.

Prior to joining Shatil, Sultan founded the non-profit Negev Educational Association, where he supervised projects promoting early childhood education, weaving projects for Bedouin women and Jewish-Arab co-existence work. He has also served as Director of Educational Programs at the Negev Institute-AJEEC and as a facilitator in community schools run by the Israel Association of Community Centers.

Born and raised in the Negev, Sultan studied at Ben Gurion University, graduating with an M.A. in educational psychology. He is an active volunteer in initiatives promoting Bedouin rights and helped establish the Sons of Laqiya Cultural Association.


Idit Menashe

Director, Shatil Center for Policy Change

Idit joined Shatil in 2010, and since 2014 has served as Director of Shatil’s Center for Policy Change.

Prior to joining Shatil, Idit spent five years in the Knesset as a senior aide to MKs Ran Cohen and Nitzan Horovitz. Idit first heard of Shatil as a student activist at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, where she studied behavioral sciences and worked to lift the ban on political activity on campus.


Yasmin Rubin

Director of Capacity Building

Yasmin has an M.A. in Social Psychology, specializing in organizational psychology; she is a qualified group facilitator and has extensive experience in organizational consulting, team building, managerial training, leadership development and professional development for organizational consultants.

Yasmin became Director of Capacity Building in 2014 after working with Shatil for four years as a freelance organizational consultant. She supervises a variety of services offered to social-change NGOs and activists in Israel, including training programs, consultation, and knowledge development initiatives.

Before joining Shatil, Yasmin worked at the IDF’s School for Leadership Development, where she served as an organizational consultant and as human resource manager. She has also provided training and consulting to managers at the Ministry of Social Services and at a variety of social organizations.