Meet The Staff

  • Steven Goldstein

    Steven Goldstein

    Executive Director Steven achieved national renown as the longtime leader of Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s statewide organization for LGBT equality. From the time he founded Garden State Equality in 2004, the organization amassed 150,000 members and won a record-breaking 216 new civil rights laws at every level in the state. The Harvard Law and Policy Review credited Steven with building a “model organization” in the United States for achieving social justice. He moved on from Garden State Equality in 2013, the year New Jersey won marriage equality, to become an associate professor of law and political science at Rutgers University in Newark. In 2015, Steve Carell played Steven in the motion picture “Freeheld,” chronicling one of Garden State Equality’s legendary battles for justice. The movie was based on the 2007 documentary “Freeheld,” featuring the real Steven, that won the Oscar® for Best Short Documentary. Prior to his leading Garden State Equality and teaching at Rutgers, Steven was a television news producer, winning 10 Emmy Awards, and a senior staff member in both houses of Congress. He was a lawyer for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, and then communications director for the late U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg. Steven received his B.A. summa cum laude from Brandeis University; his Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; his M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and his J.D. from Columbia Law School. He also began rabbinical school in mid-career. A native of New York City, Steven currently lives in Teaneck, New Jersey.
  • David Smith

    David Smith

    Deputy Executive Director As Deputy Executive Director for the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, David oversees the organization’s national growth, development, special events, communications, operations and strategic partnerships.  Prior to joining the Center, David was Vice President at the public relations firm King + Company, where he provided reputation management and strategic public relations counsel for such clients as The Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign; amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; Hudson River Park Trust; Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research; Susan G. Komen for the Cure; and countless other national nonprofit organizations.  Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is the second organization at which David worked with Steven Goldstein.  For many years, David served as the Deputy Executive Director at Garden State Equality, where he played a leading role in the enactment of dozens of civil rights laws and helped to grow Garden State Equality into New Jersey’s largest advocacy organization.  He also envisioned and produced the organization’s special events, and represented the organization at numerous conferences.   David has an extensive background in Democratic political campaigns.  He was a delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. A native of New Jersey, David now resides on the Upper West Side in New York City.
  • Sara Cross

    Sara Cross

    Associate Director for Policy and Programs Sara is a staunch social justice advocate with a passion for international human rights and helping refugees.  She spent a year abroad volunteering in Tanzania and Peru, and worked at the Nigerian Healthcare Foundation, where she used expertise and research skills to bring better healthcare practices to Nigeria.  As an undergraduate at Rutgers University, from which she graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Global Affairs, Sara completed an independent research project highlighting the violent political crisis plaguing Burundi.  In domestic policy, she worked for the New Jersey Legislature to research and track various bills. Her commitment to justice and social change continues with her contributions to Shatter the Looking Glass Magazine and GivingWay.  As the fight for total equality is never over, Sara continues to champion for justice through innovative research and programs at the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.
  • Alexandra Gellner

    Alexandra Gellner

    Director of Performance Education Alexandra is an actor, collaborator, and teaching artist who hails from Northern California and is now based in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. Ever since Alexandra first read Anne Frank’s diary at a young age, she has endeavored to spread the practice and importance of empathy through theatre and film. She is delighted and humbled to now be working alongside the team at the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect to carry out their mission and honor Anne’s legacy. New York City credits include As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet (The Cradle Theatre Company); Pericles (The New Ensemble Workshop); Pants & Skirts (The Barrow Group); Coffee & Biscuit (HERE Arts SubletSeries, NYC Fringe); Family Business (HB Studios); Hamlet, Chained Woman, The Spider & The Wasp, The Trojan Women, Execution of Justice (The New School for Drama). Other credits: Same Time Next Year, Wait Until Dark, Crimes of the Heart (Ferndale Rep); Oleanna (Article 19: Birmingham, UK). Film: Adherence (Best Actress in a Short- FirstGlance Film Festival Philadelphia), Turnings, Turncoat, Escape in Time. New Media: Brooklyn: For Real Alexandra is also a puppeteer and co-founder of New Dance Theatre, a movement-based theatre collective. For more, visit
  • Vik Gupta

    Vik Gupta

    Director of Finance Vik Gupta is a consulting director of finance to a number of nonprofits and small businesses. He creates and implements financial systems, improves internal controls, reports to management and board of directors, liaises with outside auditors, and is responsible for overall financial strategy. He works on contingencies to ensure organizational continuity even during adverse times. He works closely with all clients to understand their programmatic missions and how finance can support and further their missions. In his spare time, Vik is a photographer and volunteers with under-served communities and teaches math to high-school students.
  • Alison B. Preece

    Alison B. Preece

    Associate Director of Marketing Alison has eight years of experience in strategic communications for corporations, nonprofit organizations and major law firms, including Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.  She drives media narratives through writing and media placement, and manages digital presences on both websites and social media platforms.  She works closely with senior management to ensure all external and internal communications support the company’s business development goals. She advises on, and executes, complex communications strategies to support company initiatives, and provides press training for executives and management. She received her B.A. with High Distinction from University of Toronto at Mississauga.
  • Steve Slepchik

    Steve Slepchik

    Director of National Education and Engagement Steve, a seasoned educator and community organizer across the United States and Canada, believes deeply in our organization’s mission of bringing the lessons of Anne Frank and the Holocaust to a new generation.  In fact, he taught the diary and life of Anne Frank to 15-year old students in Ulsan, South Korea.  Steve has also taught anti-bullying workshops to students of all ages across Canada, where he wrote M-385, The National Bullying Prevention Strategy.  A native of Montreal who holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada, Steve served as a staff member in Parliament.  In the United States, Steve has worked on issue campaigns from coast-to-coast and knows the grassroots well in many states.  He is an educator and organizer with the skills not only to teach about Anne Frank and the Holocaust, but also to organize communities around our exhibits and programs.  Steve received his B.A. from Concordia University and speaks English, French and Hebrew.