Wendy Singer (Image capture: C-SPAN)

Wendy Singer (Image capture: C-SPAN)

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) announced Friday that the long-time director of its Jerusalem office, Wendy Singer, will be leaving her position early next year. Singer will be replaced by Leslie Levy Mirchin, who is currently the lobbying group’s local director of policy and research.

“Over the past 23 years with AIPAC and 15 years as Director of our Jerusalem office, Wendy has made an enormous and long-lasting contribution both to our organization and to strengthening the relationship between the US and Israel,” said AIPAC president Michael Kassen. “She will be greatly missed and we wish her every success in her exciting new venture, but we are very confident that a seamless transition will take place because her successor, Leslie Mirchin, has been such an integral and gifted part of the team that has made our Jerusalem office so extremely effective.”

Leslie Levy Mirchin has served as Director of Policy and Research in AIPAC’s Jerusalem office for the last seven years. She also served as a lobbyist in AIPAC’s Washington headquarters.

A statement issued by AIPAC said Singer intends to launch a new institution called Start-Up Nation Center, dedicated to promoting global entrepreneurship while highlighting Israel’s breakthroughs in technology and business innovation.