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Meet the Diplomats

David Siegel
Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles

DAVID SIEGEL assumed the post of Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles in August 2011, where he serves as the senior representative of the State of Israel to the Southwestern United States.
Most recently, Mr. Siegel served as Chief of Staff to Israel's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. In this role, he was involved in policy formulation and decision-making at the senior levels of Israel's foreign policy establishment.
Previously, Mr. Siegel served two terms at the Embassy of Israel in Washington D.C., in successive roles as Chief of Staff to three of Israel's Ambassadors to the United States, Counselor for Congressional Affairs, and Spokesperson. In these capacities, which spanned nearly a decade and two U.S. Administrations, Mr. Siegel was deeply involved in policy coordination with the State Department, the National Security Council and the White House. He was Israel's voice to the Washington press corps and liaison to the U.S. Congress, where he was responsible for security cooperation, missile defense and homeland security. During these years, Mr. Siegel participated in the 1998 Wye River Peace Summit, the 1999 Israel-Syria negotiations, the Camp David Middle East Peace Summit in the Fall of 2000, and the 2007 Annapolis Conference.
Consul General Siegel has also served in senior posts at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, including Director of the International Organizations Department and Political Counselor in the North American Division. He began his diplomatic career as Deputy Chief of Mission at Israel's Embassy in Eritrea, in the Horn of Africa, and subsequently became Charge' d'Affaires.
Mr. Siegel graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Political Science and earned a Masters Degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston. He served as a Commander in the Israel Defense Forces.
Consul General Siegel is married to Myra Clark-Siegel, and they have three young children.

Yaki Lopez
Consul for Political Affairs

Yaki Lopez assumed the position of the Consul for Political Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles in August 2014. He formerly served as the Deputy Ambassador to Nairobi, Kenya with jurisdiction in various East African nations. His responsibilities at the Embassy included sustainable development and economic affairs. While at the Embassy, Yaki spearheaded an unprecedented trilateral initiative between Israel, Germany and Kenya aimed at improving the livelihoods of Kenyans by solving issues of hunger and food insecurity.

After his service in an elite intelligence unit in the IDF, Yaki attended the University of Maryland where he graduated with a degree in business. Upon his return to Israel, he worked for one of Israel's largest investment firms as a marketing consultant.

Born in Guatemala into a family of Israeli diplomats, Yaki has lived in five countries and speaks four languages. He joined the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2010 and began his work at the division of strategic affairs where he managed issues of regional security.

He is a third generation career diplomat, and is married with two young daughters.


Dana Erlich
Consul for Culture, Media and Public Diplomacy

Ms. Dana Erlich assumed the position of Consul for Public Diplomacy in Los Angeles in August 2012. Most recently, she served in her first diplomatic capacity as Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul at the Israeli Embassy in Costa Rica.

Ms. Erlich served in the Intelligence Force in the IDF and represented Israel at the Millennium Village in Epcot Center, Disney World, following her release from service. She worked as a project manager at the Consulate General of Israel in New York from 2007 to 2010.

A native Israeli with Argentinean origins, Ms. Erlich holds a B.F.A degree from Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem. In her role as Consul for Public Diplomacy, she is responsible for culture, media and public affairs.

Danny Gadot
Consul of Consular Affairs

Mr. Danny Gadot assumed the position of Consul of Consular Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles since October 2011.

He is in charge of the consular aspects involving the Israeli and Jewish communities in the Southwestern United States. 

Mr. Gadot began his career at the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 1979. During these years, he held different positions; among them, served as Consul for Administrative and Consular Affairs in New Zealand for 5 years, served as Consul for Administrative and Consular Affairs in Stockholm for 4 years, served as Deputy Director of Human Resources, Deputy Director of the Department for Overseas personnel Management and Director Personnel Welfare Department. 

Mr. Danny Gadot served in the Israeli Defence Forces at the “Golani” Brigade Division. Consul Danny Gadot has a Masters (MA) E.M.B.A, Administration Degree, Bar Ilan University and a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in Social Science, Ariel University Center of Samaria Bar Ilan University. 

Mr. Gadot was born in Jerusalem, Israel. Consul Danny Gadot is married to Kochava and they have four children and one grandchild.

Dahlia Mizrahi
Consul for Administration Affairs



Gili Ovadia

Consul for Economic Affairs

Eliezer Hod

Consul for Tourism