J. Cody Nielsen is the Executive Director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Minnesota, President of the National Campus Ministry Association, serves as an advisor for Ask Big Questions, an initiative of Hillel, and serves on the board of the North American Interfaith Network. From 2013-2014, Cody completed a twenty-five school research study concerning how public universities consider religious engagement on their campus.
Hal Ossman is Hillel International’s Chief Campus Officer, overseeing the programs that directly serve campus Hillels, including Israel Education and Engagement, the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Education, Birthright Israel, Campus Partnerships, and Student Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship. He collaborates with local Hillels on the adoption of measurement tools to assess performance, and overall towards achieving excellence on campus. Previous to joining Hillel International, Hal served as executive director of Cornell Hillel, leading it through a period of growth and garnering numerous awards for excellence. He was also chair of the Hillel Directors’ Cabinet, served on the Hillel International Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Board, and has been a mentor and coach to other Hillel directors. Before arriving in Ithaca in 2011, Hal was the executive director of the University of Delaware Hillel Foundation, associate director of the University of Wisconsin Hillel Foundation and assistant director at the University of Arizona Hillel. Hal earned his Bachelor’s degree in History and Judaic Studies from the University of Arizona in 1998, a Master’s of Management from the Heller School for Social Policy, and a Master’s of Jewish Communal Service from the Hornstein School of Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University in 2001.