Meet Our Staff

Dennis Prager

President

Dennis Prager is a best-selling author and popular radio talk show host. One of America's respected and oft-quoted thinkers, he appears regularly on Fox News and CNN. A highly sought-after speaker, he has lectured all over the world including Europe, Asia, Israel and Australia. His NY Times best-selling books include Think a Second Time, Happiness is a Serious Problem, Still the Best Hope: Why American Values Must Triumph and his most recent, The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code.

Mr. Prager also writes a nationally syndicated weekly column that is published in newspapers across the country and on the Internet. His writings have also appeared in major national and international publications including, Commentary, National Review, The Weekly Standard and The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Prager was a Fellow at Columbia University's School of International Affairs, where he did graduate work at the Middle East and Russian Institutes. He has taught Russian and Jewish history at Brooklyn College, and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the U.S. Delegation to the Vienna Review Conference on the Helsinki Accords. He holds an honorary doctorate of law from Pepperdine University.

In 2011, Mr. Prager co-founded Prager University with Allen Estrin. Through the sophisticated use of digital media, Prager University articulates the Judeo-Christian values on which America is founded: free speech, free enterprise, a moral foreign policy, and the rational case for God's existence. The project serves as an effective counter to the Leftist indoctrination imposed by schools and universities. It does this via short, five-minute videos with clear, concise, fact-based presentations, featuring credible, and often well-known thinkers. These include Arthur Brooks, Walter Williams, George Will, Christina Hoff Sommers, Bret Stephens and many more.

In 2016 PragerU videos garnered over 225 million views.  60% of the PragerU audience is under 34 years old.    

Allen Estrin

Executive Director

Co-Founder of Prager University, Allen Estrin is also the Executive Producer of The Dennis Prager Show. He has had a varied career in film, television and academia. His writing credits include multiple episodes of Emmy-Award winning TV Shows such as "The Practice," "Boston Public" and "Touched by an Angel." In addition, he has written film history (The Hollywood Professionals, Volume 6: Capra, Cukor and Brown, AS Barnes), educational and corporate videos, and directed the highly-praised documentary, "Israel in a Time of Terror," 2002. His first novel, Heaven's Witness (2004) was named one of the best mysteries of the year by The Weekly Standard. He also teaches screenwriting at the American Film Institute.

Marissa Streit

Chief Executive Officer

A Los Angeles native, Marissa moved to Israel at a young age, where she completed her primary education and served in military intelligence unit 8200 of the Israeli Defense Force. She returned to Los Angeles to earn her bachelor's degree in Business and Economics from UCLA, and her master’s degree in Education and Non-Profit Management from American Jewish University. Over the next decade, she gained valuable experience both as an educator, a school administrator, and the director of a philanthropic institute.

An innovative leader in the conservative movement, Marissa joined PragerU in 2011. Under her dynamic leadership, PragerU has grown quickly into one of the most respected, go-to resources for conservative ideas. Her experience in business, education, social media, and the non-profit sector has enabled PragerU to more than double its audience each year, making it the fastest growing conservative organization in the world.

Craig Strazzeri

​Chief Marketing Officer  

Craig earned both his bachelor’s degree in Journalism and his master’s degree in Public Policy from California State University Northridge. With over seven years of nonprofit management experience, he has honed his expertise in digital marketing, social media and online fundraising. He joined PragerU in 2015 to lead the organization’s branding, marketing and overall growth efforts. Leading a talented digital marketing team, Craig has more than doubled the size of PragerU’s online audience in only a few short years.  Working closely with PragerU’s CEO, he has made PragerU the go-to source for conservative ideas.

Jared Sichel

Communications Director

A native of suburban Washington, D.C., Jared is an award-winning former Senior Writer for the Jewish Journal. He won the Los Angeles Press Club's Second Place prize for 2015 Print Journalist of the Year, and Third Place prize for the 2014 News Feature of the Year. In 2012, Jared graduated from Tulane University with a Masters of Accounting and a Bachelors of Science in Management with a focus in finance.

As the Communications Director, Jared runs PragerU's messaging, social media and PR strategies, working closely with the Director of Outreach, Chief Marketing Officer, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. Jared plays a leading role with PragerU's production and writing teams, and has helped PragerU's videos and social media content become the leading source of conservative ideas on the internet.

Laurie Dorr

Director of Administration and Programs

Laurie Dorr started as a call screener for the Dennis Prager Show which led to volunteering with Prager University. Her many talents are utilized in various ways to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes at Prager University. If you've been to one of Dennis Prager's appearances in Los Angeles, you've probably seen her at the Information table, chatting with guests and making sure they find what they need. Laurie has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Cerritos College. She is married and has two grown children (both of whom were home-schooled) and a baby grandson. When not involved in all things Prager University she can be found indulging her love of learning, looking through the lens of a camera, or singing.

Elisha Krauss

Director of Outreach

Elisha Krauss is a morning talk show co-host with Salem Communications on KRLA/KTIE The Morning Answer with Brian Whitman, Ben Shapiro and Elisha Krauss. Previously Krauss produced the syndicated Sean Hannity Radio Show for 7 years. In 2012 Krauss ran a Congressional campaign in her home state of Oklahoma before moving to LA. She has also worked in fundraising and student initiatives at Ben Shapiro's TruthRevolt as the Director of Grassroots and Initiatives.

David Prager

Director of Development

Prior to entering the workforce, David Prager studied International Affairs and History at The George Washington University and Yeshiva University.

Concurrent with his position as Director of Development for Prager University, he is also VP of Business Development for GrowItSmart, a lead generation and recruiting firm he co-founded in 2009 in New York after working on Wall Street with Morgan Stanley.

During college, David co-Founded Friday Night Lights, a Jewish outreach program at the George Washington University. During and after his college years, he has been involved - in both a professional and volunteer capacity - in fundraising for both established and newer non-profit organizations.

Lucy Werner

Vice President of Development

As Vice President of Development for PragerU, Lucy manages donor relations and coordinates the Benefactors Club and Micah Club. A native of Los Angeles, Lucy spent her college years in New York City, earning double bachelor’s degrees from Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary. She then made her way down south, where she earned her master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida with a focus on English for Speakers of Other Languages (‘ESOL’).

Prior to joining PragerU, Lucy taught Spanish at the elementary and high school levels before starting a family. More recently, she worked at two internet start-up companies in various capacities. Now the mother of three, Lucy’s passion for PragerU stems from her desire to raise children with a strong moral compass and an understanding of America’s unique place in human history.

Devon Mirsky

PragerForce National Director

Devon Mirsky was born and raised in Los Angeles and earned her Master's Degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge. Before joining PragerU, Devon got her start in politics working for Meg Whitman's 2010 gubernatorial campaign and Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign. She then moved into the world of grassroots activism on college campuses, working first for the Leadership Institute in Utah and Idaho, and then joining Turning Point USA as California Field Director and Pacific West Regional Director.

Andrew Powell

Director of Video Design

With 25 years of experience in the entertainment business, Andrew has worked on over 600 TV episodes for NBC, ABC, CBS, The History Channel, Nickelodeon, and the Disney Channel. He has also worked on feature films for Universal Pictures, Tri-Star, and Castle Rock. His first foray into writing/directing garnered a "best short film" award which was followed by a well-received TV pilot. Over the last decade, Andrew has honed his editing and animation skills on a wide variety of projects including music videos, independent films, and advertising projects, and for the last four years, he has been proud to bring his talent and experience to Prager University.

Jonathan Hay

Director of Video Design

Jonathan is a film producer actively working in the entertainment industry. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, he graduated with a BS in Business Finance from LeTourneau University before moving to Los Angeles to attend film school. Jonathan started his career in the finance department at CBS, transitioning into the production departments on shows like So You Think You Can Dance, It's a Disaster, and The Amazing Spider Man and ultimately producing for TV's American Idol. His most recent feature film, The Arroyo, explores the lawlessness on America's southern border.

Chris Powell

Director of Technology

After graduating from Soundmasters Recording Institute, Chris has worked in post production for the television and film industries for 20 years. Specializing in all aspects of post audio production, he has worked on over 500 episodes of television, and over a dozen major motion pictures.

Through working in many different studios, Chris has become adept at trouble shooting technical issues, both hardware and software related. Since working on Prager U videos from it's inception, he now also handles the uploading and maintenance of content to the web.

Aryeh Leifert

Communications

Aryeh learned the fine art of proofreading from his late father, Robert Leifert, a true connoisseur of typos and grammatical mistakes. A graduate of Brandeis University, Aryeh lives in Jerusalem, Israel where he works as a licensed tour guide -- www.walkingisrael.com. He is also the creator of Virtual Israel Touring, a unique way for students of all ages to visit Biblical sites around Israel without leaving their classroom or home -- www.walkingisrael.com/virtual.html

Tiffany Hasart

Accounting Consultant

Tiffany Hasart is an accounting consultant and has been in the non-profit accounting industry for the past eight years. She obtained her BS in Accounting from California Baptist University and quickly began her career working in accounting for non-profit organizations, retail stores, small businesses, and corporations. 

Rachel Ochoa

Communications Coordinator

Rachel was born and raised in Southern California (with the exception of a brief stay in New Hampshire) and earned a Bachelor's in English from CSUF (summa cum laude).  As one who was homeschooled herself, she has a passion for serving the homeschool community.  She has taught homeschoolers in a wide range of subjects including English, Math and the arts as well as SAT preparation.

Outside of PragerU she enjoys singing, reading, and doing all things creative.