Assaf works at UMass Hillel as a part of the Israel Fellows program, which places young Israelis on campuses to serve as peer ambassadors to the campus community. Assaf was born in the US and moved to Israel in 1993. In Israel, he served in the IDF as a combat commander. After his service, he studied for his B.A in Social Work at Ben Gurion University. During his studies, he was a part of the ‘Rothschild Ambassadors’ program which trains Israelis to become the next generation of Israeli leaders to promote social action. Prior to his arrival at UMass Hillel, Assaf also took part in ‘the school for peace’, which trains future politicians, Israelis and Palestinians to be agents for justice and peace.