CEO and National Director of Community Security Service
Evan Bernstein is the new CEO and National Director of Community Security Service (CSS). He came to CSS from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) where he was Vice President, Northeast Division and sat on the national senior management team. While at ADL Evan led the merger of the New York and New Jersey regional offices.
Evan has fostered close relationships with both local New York and national law enforcement and has been a leader in responding to numerous acts of antisemitism across the United States. In December of 2019, Evan was on the ground during the kosher market shooting in Jersey City, NJ and arrived in Monsey, NY moments after the Chanukah party stabbings. He worked tirelessly with law enforcement, community leaders, and elected officials to be a spokesperson and liaison for the communities during and after these horrific incidents targeting the Jewish community.
Evan has been regularly quoted in local and national news sources that have included CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He currently sits on the Governor of New York’s Interfaith Advisory Council, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Interfaith Advisory Council, and recently sat on the New York City Public Advocates Hate Crimes Task Force. Evan often speaks across the United States and abroad on the need to protect and secure our Jewish communities due to the unprecedented rise of antisemitism.
Evan has over 20 years of nonprofit experience. He served as the State Director for AIPAC in Arizona, and Executive Director at the consulting firm Community Counselling Service, Inc. (CCS Inc). He began his career at the United Way of New York City.
Evan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Western Connecticut State University and a Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies, Management – Nonprofits concentration from Harvard University. He currently sits on the Harvard Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Deputy National Director of Community Security Service
Richard Priem is the Deputy National Director of CSS. Prior to joining CSS, Richard worked as a counter-terrorism adviser to the United Nations Security Council and a senior analyst for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. He also served as the New York Director for International Affairs and Regional Advocacy at the Anti-Defamation League. Before moving to the United States, Richard completed military service in a paratrooper reconnaissance unit of the IDF and led training for the security organization of the Jewish community in the Netherlands.
He holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a BA in History and Arabic from the University of Amsterdam.
Co-Founder and Board Member
Adam Sager is the Founder and CEO of Outland Group, an enterprise security technology company, and co-Founder of nFACT, see.ai, Canary and other startups. Canary was one of the largest IoT startups of the last decade, selling cameras and other sensors in over 40 countries. Adam was co-Founder of CSS, the nation’s largest security not-for-profit, and built a national charity program called “Protect the Protectors” which gave security systems to police forces around the US. Adam served in the IDF and studied Philosophy and Logic at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Co-founder and Board Member
David Dabscheck is the CEO and Founder of GIANT Innovation, which transforms the way organizations and people think and act to become world-class innovators. David has led hundreds of innovation projects with a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies, global NGOs, and public sector agencies. He is a board member for several Israeli and New York technology companies and a co-Founder of CSS, the United States’ largest security nonprofit. David has served as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Business School in innovation strategy and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. David holds an MBA from Columbia University, an MA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and undergraduate degrees from the University of Queensland.
OUR FOUNDERS’ NOTE
“We created CSS because we believed that the security of the American Jewish community is everyone’s responsibility—no matter your age, gender, politics or observance level. Our members all serve side-by-side in pursuit of a single mission: to protect the lives and the way of life of all Jewish Americans. By doing so, we aim to create a culture of responsibility around security and transform the way so-called “ordinary people” can help protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”
David Dabscheck & Adam Sager, Co-Founders