The Center's staff
The Center's staff includes highly experienced professionals from the fields of law, urban planning, economics and social work.
The academic director.
Professor Neta Ziv is the director of the Cegla Clinical Law Programs at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law. She is the academic supervisor of the Housing, Community and Law Clinic and teaches courses on “Legal Ethics and the Legal Profession,” “Law and Social Change,” “Social Rights” and “Human Rights of People with Disabilities.” Ziv earned an LLB at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law, an LLM at The American University in Washington, D.C. and her JSD. from Stanford Law School. Ziv has served as a public interest lawyer for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and as a leading attorney in some of Israel’s major human rights cases litigated before the Israeli Supreme Court. She was among the founding members of the Israel Women’s Network Legal Center and served as the chair of Bizchut - the Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities. She currently serves as a board member of Itach - Women Lawyers for Social Justice.
The executive director.
Sebastian Wallerstein joined the Center team after a number of years in the City of Bat Yam’s Department of Urban Planning, where he was responsible for promoting urban-renewal plans and housing policies. While in Bat Yam, Sebastian managed and regulated public and privately initiated urban renewal plans, coordinated community planning projects and facilitated the design and implementation of affordable-housing policy through the work of a special committee appointed by the local government to formulate a local housing policy blueprint.
Sebastian has a BA in Economics and Political Sciences from Tel Aviv University and an M.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
Manger of community development.
Adv. Matan Rabinowitz has a B.A in law and Government from IDC - Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and and M.A in Social work from BGU- Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Matan joined the center after 4 years as an associate at a leading law firm where he specialized in real-estate and town-planning.
Matan has gained experience in community organization, consensus building and working with disadvantaged population at areas and projects undergoing urban-renewal. As part of his work, Matan also undertakes some of the center's research and holds courses and seminars to residents and local authorities.
Manager of Policy Promotion.
Atty. Ori Ettinger joined the Center after five years at the environmental NGO "Adam Teva V'din - The Israeli Union for Environmental Defense", where she worked as a legal intern and lawyer.
While at "Adam Teva V'din", Ori specialized in the field of the Economy and Management of Natural Resources, as well as directed the Legal Aid Center of the NGO. In the latter role, Ori represented communities suffering from environmental injustices in legal proceedings opposite municipal and planning authorities, government ministries and judicial fora. In addition, Ori was involved in efforts to impact policy and advance legislation in the environmental protection field.
Ettinger holds an LLB from Tel Aviv University and a BA in Sociology, Anthropology and Middle East History from Hebrew University.