The Team


Jackie Zais is the Community Engagement Director at GatherDC. Jackie helps facilitate the programs our community has come to know and love. Every day, she gets to meet and connect amazing people in DC, dream up new ideas for our community, meet people for coffee, and help build vibrant Jewish life here in DC. When she’s not crushing it at the GatherDC office or grabbing coffee with community members, you can catch her reading at the zoo, cooking a feast for friends, or making hysterical pop culture references that make every conversation a little more awesome.

Molly Cram is from Eugene, Oregon and has lived in Washington, DC for four years. She attended the first Beyond the Tent three years ago with Jackie as her small group facilitator! Molly is excited to be back facilitating her fourth BTT and chat about Jewish identity. All. Day. Long. She also spends a lot of time thinking and talking about community building, how to have difficult conversations, and her next great read. 


Leah Donnella is from Philadelphia, PA, (home to the 2017 Superbowl champs and the 2018 NBA champs.) By day she works for NPR’s Code Switch team, where she tells stories about race, identity and culture. She also runs a racial advice column called “Ask Code Switch,” but will happily dole out unsolicited advice on other topics. By night, Leah is a big fan of gardening, grocery shopping, and gentle exercise.  

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Mark Nathanson has been in the DC area for just over 3 years now. He was born and raised in Baltimore, so is quite familiar with the DMV. He currently works at the University of Maryland (Go Terps!) and loves spending his free time outside whether that involves training for a marathon or backpacking in the Rockies. If he is not running around DC or having deep conversations around a campfire, you might find him hosting Shabbat dinner or booking a spontaneous trip because "you just can't say no to a flight deal." He is excited to facilitate for the 7th Beyond the Tent! 


Daniel Wasserman is the pride of West Bloomfield, Michigan and a proud University of Michigan alum, so he definitely knows your camp friend's cousin. Daniel loves ice breakers, Michigan football, sweatshirt and shorts weather, hiking, Codmother, and road trips. He’s been to 46 states and is looking for someone to join him on a drive through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama.