Avi Meyerstein is the founder and president of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP). Starting in 2003, Avi brought together dozens of NGOs to build an umbrella coalition that would significantly expand resources and scale up Israeli-Palestinian grassroots partnerships. Over many years, their advocacy strategies and efforts led to over $130 million in annual U.S. funding programs for these critical activities.
Avi also proposed and launched the initiative to create an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. With bipartisan leadership in Congress and a broad coalition, that effort most recently led to the passage of the Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act of 2020 (MEPPA), which provides $250 million for joint economic and people-to-people partnerships over the first five years.