J Street

Location: Washington, D.C.

Category: Advocacy or Public Service

Jeremy Ben-Ami

President

J Street is a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group which describes itself as “the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans.” J Street was founded in April 2008 to offer a new voice in the American political conversation about Israel. The group strongly promotes a two-state solution and makes clear that it does not support all Israeli government policies. J Street’s affiliates include an education fund, a university organizing arm called J Street U and a federal political action committee, JStreetPAC.

Jeremy Ben-Ami is the president and founder of J Street. Before joining J Street, Ben-Ami worked on seven presidential campaigns, including a stint as national policy director for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, and served as deputy domestic policy advisor to the Clinton administration. He also previously served as senior vice president of Fenton Communications before leaving to start J Street. Ben-Ami is a graduate of New York University Law School and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Relations at Princeton University.

2014

Institution Revenue: $2,418,969

Institution Total Expenses: $2,207,771

Employees: 59

Salary: $220,645

Underpaid by: 9%

2013

Institution Revenue: $2,549,935

Institution Total Expenses: $2,482,209

Employees: 61

Salary: $214,744

2012

Institution Total Expenses: $7,083,565

Employees: 57

Salary: $207,86820

Underpaid by: 24%

2011

Institution Total Expenses: $2,136,707

Employees: 47

Salary: $207,806

2010

Institution Total Expenses: $1,879,795

Salary: $200,225

2009

Salary: $200,2254

2008

Salary: $180,000

  • 1Interim head of organization
  • 2Data from 2012
  • 3Data from 2011
  • 4Data from 2010
  • 5Data from 2009
  • 6Data from 2008
  • 7Data from 2007
  • 8Includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.
  • 9Predecessor's salary
  • 10Partial year
  • 11Not a 501(c)3
  • 12Annualized
  • 13Position currently vacant
  • 14As per Form 990, JNF declined to comment
  • 15Base salary
  • 16Data from president-elect period
  • 172010 Employees
  • 18Legally exempt from public disclosure of salary
  • 19Highest paid professional, not CEO
  • 20Paid from two related organizations
  • 21Data from 2013
  • 22Data from 2014
  • 23Data from 2015
  • 24Includes a one-time honorarium of $55,000
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