CEO and National Director of Community Security Service
Evan Bernstein started as the new CEO and National Director of Community Security Service (CSS) in June 2020. 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 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. 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. He is a co-founder of the New York City Interfaith Security Council.
Evan has over 20 years of nonprofit experience that includes serving as the State Director for AIPAC in Arizona where he worked closely with elected officials that included Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain. He also was the Executive Director for the American Friends of Migdal Ohr and sat on their senior management team in Israel. Evan lobbied key Knesset members and help lead their international strategic planning process.
Evan earned a B.A. and played lacrosse at Western Connecticut State University. He also earned a A.L.M. from Harvard University where he sat on the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations Student Advisory Board. Evan 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. In this role he is leading all volunteer security operations and programs nationally. He came to CSS after serving as the New York Director for International Affairs at the Anti-Defamation League. In this role, Richard developed a protocol for the organization’s regional office on how to respond to terrorist attacks targeting the Jewish community. This protocol was implemented after both the Jersey City Shooting attack and the Monsey stabbing attack.
Prior to joining CSS, Richard worked as a counter-terrorism adviser for the United Nations Security Council, where he was responsible for assessing counter-terrorism capacities and providing technical assistance to specialized law enforcement agencies in over a dozen countries. He worked in several African countries and was stationed for two years at the UN’s regional headquarters in Southeast Asia.
Prior to working for the United Nations, Richard completed his military service in a paratrooper reconnaissance unit of the Israel Defense Forces. He also led training and operations for the official security organization of the Jewish community in the Netherlands. In that role, the teams Richard trained and developed programs for were responsible for protecting Jewish institutions and (visiting) VIPs.
Richard received an MS in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He also holds 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