AFTAU announces election of Daniel Cohn, Dr. Daniel Nazarian, and Dr. Noga Niv to its Board of Directors

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American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU), a non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds to support Tel Aviv University (TAU), announced on May 14 that Daniel Cohn, Dr. Daniel Nazarian, and Dr. Noga Niv have been elected to its Board of Directors.

“I am thrilled to welcome Daniel Cohn, Daniel Nazarian, and Noga Niv to the AFTAU Board of Directors,” said Jennifer Gross, CEO of AFTAU. “Their combined leadership and distinctive expertise will make a measurable impact on our organization’s mission of sharing and advancing TAU’s innovative education, research, and community building in the United States.”

Daniel Cohn is a partner at the San Francisco office of Farella Braun + Martel and is listed among the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Corporate Law. His diverse transactional practice includes wine and agriculture, sports and entertainment, and general corporate clientele. Cohn has a depth of experience in family business succession matters and has done substantial work with structuring and negotiating shareholder buyouts in closely held corporations. He is one of the founders of Farella’s Wine Country office in St. Helena, California, and a founder of the firm’s Private Client practice group. For many years, he was the chair of the firm’s Business Department. Cohn received a BA from Harvard University and a JD from Stanford Law School.

Daniel, his wife Lynn, and daughter are members of Congregation Kol Shofar. He served as Board President of the Traveling Jewish Theatre for a number of years, and participated in the Wexner Heritage program (1998-2000) and the Wexner Israel/North America Summit program (2015-2016). After serving two terms on the Federation’s Endowment Committee, he was recently elected to the Federation’s Board of Directors. Cohn is also Board Chair of Hospice of the Bay which provides hospice and other services in Marin, San Francisco, and Sonoma counties.

Noga Niv, PhD, is a California-based clinical psychologist with decades of experience and dedication to the mental health field. She is also the author of the novel Inside the Bubble (Inkshares 2016), which was first published in Hebrew and was later translated into English. Her career began in 1985 as a psychologist in Israel, treating school children and their families and leading Gestalt groups for professionals. Niv has had a private practice in Palo Alto, CA, since 1998 where she specializes in treating adults, young adults, and couples. In addition to her clinical work, she has had university affiliations, including as an Adjunct Clinical Faculty at Palo Alto University from 2012-2016 where she taught and supervised graduate students. Since 2000, she has served as an individual and group supervisor for clinical trainees at Stanford CAPS.

She holds a BA degree in Behavioral Sciences from Ben-Gurion University, Israel, an MA in Psychology from Tel Aviv University, Israel, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in California. In addition, she has completed a number of predoctoral and postdoctoral training programs, including a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at Stanford Counseling And Psychological Services (CAPS) and a postdoctoral training program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (PPTAP). She is currently a member with the California Psychological Association, the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and the American Psychological Association. Noga is married to Israel Niv, and they have two adult children and one grandchild.

Daniel Nazarian is a retired periodontist, with 23 years of practice in Southern California. Since 2003, he has been an Angel and Seed Investor and the Principal at Transolam LLC, with a diversified investment portfolio of revolutionary, early-stage companies in both the U.S. and Israel. Nazarian has either co-founded or been instrumental in establishing several companies, including Essia Health (formerly Scribes-stat) and Maxim Commercial Capital.

Nazarian was integral in the establishment of TAU Ventures, a first-of-its-kind fund that partners with TAU to invest in startup companies emerging from the TAU community. He also serves as an advisory or board member to several private companies in the U.S. and in Israel.

He received his Doctorate in Dentistry form Tufts University and a Postdoctoral Specialty Degree in Periodontics from University of Southern California. Nazarian is the current Chair of The Health and Safety Commission for the City of Beverly Hills.

Daniel is very engaged in civil and non-profit activities. He is a strong supporter of Israel and the Jewish community in Los Angeles. He is actively involved with The Atalef Foundation and was the Founding President for the Young Professionals Division of the Magbit Foundation. At Sinai Temple, he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Men’s Club, the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors, and has served on the Endowment Committee.

"Their combined leadership and distinctive expertise will make a measurable impact on our organization's mission of sharing and advancing TAU's innovative education, research, and community building in the United States."