Washington, DC, January 11, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today announced the appointment of Doron F. Ezickson, an attorney, community volunteer, and former deputy chief of staff to former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, as Director of ADL’s Washington, D.C. Regional Office.
Mr. Ezickson most recently served as Senior Counsel in the Washington offices of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, where he specialized in regulatory and enforcement issues.
He replaces longtime director David Friedman, who was promoted last year to become ADL’s VP of Law Enforcement, Extremism and Community Security after serving more than 30 years as regional director.
Mr. Ezickson has long been associated with ADL, going back to his undergraduate years when he interned in the Boston Office. He later participated in young leadership programs and eventually joined the New England Regional Board.
“We are pleased to have Doron Ezickson stepping into this role in one of our largest regional offices which delivers a broad array of initiatives and programs in the D.C. region, which also encompasses Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina,” said David Cohen, ADL Washington, D.C. Board Chair. “His name rose to the top after an extensive search that involved leaders at the local and national level. We are so excited that he is bringing his knowledge, insights and leadership skills to our region.”
“Doron has a deep understanding of our mission, and a passion for building bridges among diverse groups of people,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director. “I am impressed with his passion and commitment to ADL’s timeless mission and values and look forward to his leadership.”
Mr. Ezickson’s first introduction to ADL came during his undergraduate years in Boston, when he served in an internship under the late Lenny Zakim, the legendary former director of ADL’s New England Regional Office. He later participated in young leadership programs, served on the New England Regional Board, and helped to guide anti-bias education programs such as ADL’s award-winning A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE ® Institute.
“I’ve always felt an affinity for ADL’s mission and I’m so honored to be following in the footsteps of David Friedman, whose leadership of this office was inspiring,” Ezickson said. “I look forward to working with him and the other professional staff and our impressive group of lay leaders in ensuring that this office goes from strength to strength.”
Mr. Ezickson was previously a partner at McDermott Will & Emery, where he held a number of senior management roles including in the firm’s London and Boston offices. He was a Deputy Chief of Staff and Head of Operations to Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R) during the first Weld Administration, where he also served as the liason to the Jewish community. He then served as executive director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment, in which role he coordinated multiple trade missions to Israel and the opening of the first state trade office in Jerusalem. He also served as a judicial law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
In Washington, D.C., Mr. Ezickson has served on the board of directors of the DC Central Kitchen and A Wider Circle, two local nonprofits that battle hunger and poverty. He is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston University School of Law, where he served as articles editor of the Law Review. He and his wife, Kelly, a local psychotherapist, live in Washington D.C.
ADL’s Washington, D.C. Regional Office serves Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and North Carolina. The office has launched a broad array of initiatives that have become national programs, including No Place for Hate®, Bearing Witness™, Law Enforcement and Society (LEAS), the D.C. Bias Crimes Task Force, and ADL’s annual “In Concert Against Hate” at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.