Jeremy Spinak was born in Sydney in 1982. He acquired a first-class honours degree in economics and international relations from the University of NSW. He studied international relations at Georgetown University in Washington DC and he worked as a policy adviser to two NSW Government ministers and as a legislative aide to a United States senator. Jeremy Spinak began holding senior positions on the boards of major Jewish organisations while in his early 20s, exhibiting exceptional dedication to community service and a promising trajectory towards future leadership roles, gaining the trust and respect of people from all ages in the process.
As President of the Jewish Board of Deputies, he focused on building relationships with other faith and cultural communities, building deep relationships with leaders of diverse faith and ethnic groups, particularly among the Muslim, Chinese and Indian communities. Under Mr Spinak’s leadership and guidance, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies was instrumental in driving the Keep NSW Safe Campaign, which encouraged the NSW Government to introduce a bill criminalising incitement to violence in a range of circumstances. The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies put together a coalition of 31 organisations and leaders under the Keep NSW Safe banner with the objective of seeking legislative reform. The result of this work was the Crimes Amendment (Publicly Threatening and Inciting Violence) Bill 2018 became law in June 2018.