Aaron Shneyer is a social entrepreneur, musician, educator, and activist. He holds over 10 years of experience in nonprofit management, program direction, development, communications, and multimedia production.
Aaron grew up in the Washington, DC area in a family of musicians and activists. He is the Founder of Heartbeat, a nonprofit social enterprise using music to empower Israeli and Palestinian youth to transform conflict, which he launched in 2007 as a Fulbright Fellow. In 2005 he graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in Anthropology and immediately went to work as a program leader and dialogue facilitator with various youth empowerment and civil society peacebuilding efforts.
After living in Jerusalem for six years, in 2012 Aaron returned to Washington, DC, to complete a Masters degree in Social Enterprise at American University’s School of International Service, where he was also a Social Enterprise Fellow.
Aaron has performed and presented on the role of music and youth in conflict transformation at institutions across the US and Europe including Yale, Brown, Georgetown, Harvard, and other universities as well as the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, TEDxAmerican University, and the U.S. Department of State. Aaron writes, produces, and performs with various music ensembles, including his band Yalla Humans, and is the Musician in Residence at the Sixth & I Historical Synagogue in Washington, DC.