Michaela Fried is a student leader in LAVI and current president of Tikvah Students for Israel at UC Berkeley. She also serves the Berkeley pro-Israel community as a Hasbara Fellow and held the StandWithUs Emerson Fellow position on her campus for the 2013-14 school year. Michaela was a leading organizer in the fight against BDS (Boycott Divestments Sanctions) and works year round against anti-Israel sentiment on campus. Growing up in Los Angeles, Michaela experienced her Jewish identity and connection to Israel as superficial and unexplored. Through her involvement with LAVI, she has come to the belief that some of the greatest threats facing the Jewish people today result from a lack of depth in Diaspora Zionist education. She is seeking to participate in the next World Zionist Congress in hopes of promoting a more compelling Zionism that can inspire her generation.