JoelLeyden, a native of New York, has practiced
international public relations, public affairs, crisis communications,
journalism, social media and Internet marketing for over 20 years.
Leyden, whose Zionism goes back to being a war volunteer in the
Kippur War, has served as a senior media consultant to the
Israel Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism and Defense
and the US State Department.
As an Internet and public relations pioneer in Israel, he co-created
Israel's first commercial Website - NetKing in 1995. In
addition, Joel Leyden produced the first Website for an Israeli
prime minister, established the first condolence Website for assassinated
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin,
created the Israel Defense Forces Website, was the first SEO -
search engine optimizer in Israel and serves today as both commercial
PR / SEO ()
and publisher of the Israel
News Agency, Israel's first on-line news organization
and the United States News Agency.
a political centrist, has served in the IDF combat engineers,
the IDF Spokespersons Office
and today serves in the Israel
Border Police (res.) - MAGAV.
has also served several times as a humanitarian officer in the
Israel Defense Forces and promoted the concept 
of improving relations with the Palestinians at one of the very
few points of contact between Israelis and Palestinians - Israeli
Leyden also served as senior media advisor to the International
Coalition for Missing Israeli Soldiers where
he succeeded in having former PA / PLO leader Yasser Arafat admit
that he knew where the IDF soldiers were and provided the dogtag
of Zaharia Baumel to then Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Twitter and Google News getting the word out (using a gas
generator) in Haiti
on the brave work that the Israel Defense Forces rescue and medical
teams were performing in saving lives.
Leyden, who is a professional cross-cultural consultant and served
as director for Berlitz's Middle-East cross cultural programs
has created dozens of local and international community and professional
on-line forums 
in Yahoo groups and Facebook which today consists of thousands
of members. During the IDF Operation Grapes of Wrath Leyden provided
free Internet service to the hundreds of Israeli children who
were confined to air raid shelters in northern Israel.
Leyden, the father of three children, is a leading father's and
children's rights activist in Israel advocating equal access and
reforms in Israel's gender
bias family court custody laws and public child welfare departments
for children of separated and divorced parents in Israel. In 2008,
Joel created the Family
First party and ran for mayor of the city of Ra'anana, Israel.
He was not interested in securing the office, but as stated in
the Haaretznewspaper, wanted to make father's rights, children's rights
and the practicing of gender bias discrimination in Ra'anana's
Child Welfare department a campaign issue.
the States, Joel Leyden was a media advisor to former New York
Mayor Ed Koch, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, Senator Edward
Kennedy and the Democratic Party. Joel Leyden coordinated several
national media events with personalities including former President
Ronald Reagan, Nixon advisor Henry Kissinger and holocaust survivor
served on the first board of directors of the Alzheimer's Association
in New York City. As a former ski racer and licensed ski instructor,
Leyden has promoted the Israeli Mt. Hermon ski resort. Joel Leyden
was also responsible for coordinating the first marathon run through
the streets of Jerusalem.
Leyden covered the aftermath of the 9/11
terrorist attacks from New York City for the Jerusalem
Post, Israel TV, Israel Radio English news and the Israel
News Agency ().
for the Israel News Agency on the historic visit of
US President George W. Bush to Israel for her 60th birthday.
Leyden founded the IsraelPr
Internet discussion group. This group brings together over 200
public relations and public affairs consultants world wide who
are able to provide various Israeli governmental ministries with
real-time advice. He is also credited for creating and operating
several non-profit on-line community support groups on Yahoo!
and Facebook for Israel's Anglo community such as NewRaanana,
Anglo Singles, Israel
Children , Israel
Anglo Homes and Doing
Business In Israel.
recently created the first global SEO political contest in response
to the Holocaust cartoon contest sponsored by Iran's best selling
daily newspaper Hamshahri. 
There were over 40 million Internet page views indexed by Alexa
for this non-profit, SEO contest Website that Leyden built and
a pioneer in Web 2.0, Web 3.0 lectures on the development of Internet
marketing and Web 2.0 at Universities in Israel and abroad.
Leyden, who has university degrees in journalism, psychology and
mass communications, resides in Ra'anana, a suburb north of Tel
Aviv, Israel and in New York City. For the last two years, Joel
Leyden has been engaged in a court battle in New York to gain
monies owed him in a family Trust. Much of the money that Joel
Leyden seeks is for his young children in Israel.