Evan R. Bernstein
CEO and National Director of Community Security Service
Evan R. Bernstein is a security volunteer and the CEO and National Director of Community Security Service (CSS). He has helped lead its expansion into 15 states and opened new offices in Stamford (national office), New York, Miami and Los Angeles. While under his leadership CSS has signed national partnership agreements with the ADL Center on Extremism and the Secure Community Network (SCN).
Evan is regularly quoted in local and national news sources that have included CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and FOX News. He often speaks across the United States and abroad about the rise of antisemitism and the need for Jewish volunteer security in America. In 2021 The Algemeiner placed Evan on Jewish 100 list of people who positively influence Jewish life globally. He also co-founded the New York City Interfaith Security Council in 2021.
Evan has over 25 years of nonprofit experience that includes serving as Vice President of the Northeast Division for the ADL and as the State Director for AIPAC in Arizona. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and played lacrosse at Western Connecticut State University. He also earned a Master of Liberal Arts with a concentration in Managing Nonprofits from the Division of Continuing Education at Harvard University.
COO and Deputy National Director of Community Security Service
Richard Priem is the Deputy National Director and COO of CSS and leads all volunteer security operations and programs nationally.
Richard previously worked for the United Nations Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate and Department of Peacekeeping Operations’ Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions. In these roles, he assessed national security frameworks and provided training to intelligence and law enforcement agencies in over a dozen countries.
He was stationed in Southeast Asia for two years to research transnational organized crime and terrorist groups for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
Richard also served as the New York Director for International Affairs at the Anti-Defamation League and developed a protocol for the ADL’s regional office on responding to terrorist attacks on the Jewish community. This was implemented after the Jersey City shooting and Monsey stabbing attacks.
Prior to moving to the United States, Richard led community security training for the official security and safety organization of the Jewish community in the Netherlands. He completed his military service in a paratrooper reconnaissance unit of the IDF.
Richard received a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Bachelors 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