Yael Golan was the deputy director of the Shacharit organization, a think tank that aspires to create a new social partnership between all parts of Israeli society in order to shape a common future. She served in senior positions in major media outlets, where she influenced the public agenda in Israel. She was the editor-in-chief of the Uvdah program on Channel 2, the head of the news system at Ynet, the deputy editor-in-chief of their website and founded and directed the television stations of Yediot Ahronot. She started her professional career at the Army Radio News Department, served as a lecturer in journalism at the Sapir Academic College, and developed and taught a course on the basics of journalism in a program to train Ethiopian graduates to integrate into the world of communications, under the auspices of The Second Authority for Television and Radio. In summer 2011 she was active in the social protest and was editor-in-chief of the J14, the protest’s official website. Born in Jerusalem, Yael studied at the Masorti High School and graduated from the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland. She holds a BA in Social Sciences and Humanities from the Open University and a Teaching Certificate and MA in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University, and is a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.