ADL Leadership

  • October 3, 2012

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." Now the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

A leader in the development of materials, programs and services, ADL builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse groups, carrying out its mission through a network of 30 Regional and Satellite Offices in the United States and abroad.


Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) since 1987, is world-renowned as a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry and discrimination and the author of Jews & Money: The Story of a Stereotype (Palgrave Macmillan, Nov. 2010), The Deadliest Lies: The Israel Lobby and the Myth of Jewish Control (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism (HarperSanFrancisco, 2003).

In the forefront of major issues of the day, including the rise of global anti-Semitism, the war on terrorism, church/state issues, religious intolerance and issues relating to the Holocaust, he consistently speaks out against hatred and violence wherever they occur.

Mr. Foxman regularly confers with elected officials and community leaders here and abroad. He has had consultations in Europe, Russia, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, China, Japan, South Africa and Argentina, and with Palestinian leaders, on problems of ethnic hatred, violence, terrorism and promoting democracy. He has had six audiences with Pope John Paul II. Mr. Foxman is a passionate supporter of the State of Israel and a voice for peace in the Middle East.

A Holocaust survivor, Mr. Foxman was a member of the President's United States Holocaust Memorial Council, appointed by Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. He has been a participant of official Presidential delegations to special events in Europe and Israel.

Born in Poland in 1940, Mr. Foxman was saved from the Holocaust by his Polish Catholic nursemaid who baptized and raised him as a Catholic during the war years. His parents survived the war, but 14 members of his family were lost. He arrived in America in 1950 with his parents.

A graduate of the Yeshiva of Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Foxman has a B.A. in political science from the City College of the City University of New York, graduating with honors in history. He holds a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law, and did graduate work in advanced Judaic studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and in international economics at The New School for Social Research. Mr. Foxman is fluent in several languages. He joined ADL in 1965.

Mr. Foxman appears frequently on national news programs and is quoted often in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time and Newsweek, among other media. His op-eds have appeared in newspapers across the country, he is a contributor to the Huffington Post, and his blog, "A Point of View," is on The Jerusalem Post website.

Awards and Honorary Degrees

2010 Medal of "Grand Officer" of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
2009 Distinguished Alumni Award, New York University
2008 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Yeshiva University
2007 Honorary Doctorate, Bar Ilan University
2007 Jan Karski Eagle Award
2006 French Legion of Honor Award
2004 Commendatore of the Italian Republic
2003 Honorary degree, Clark University
2002 The Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Leadership Award
2001 State University of New York at Albany's University Medallion
2001 Austria's Grand Decoration of Honor in Gold
2000 Bulgaria's Order of the Madara Horseman
1999 Honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
1999 Honorary degree, Iona College
1997 Martin Luther King, Jr. and Donald R. Mintz Freedom and Justice Award, Dillard University
1994 Townsend Harris Medal, City College of New York Alumni Association
1993 Ellis Island Medal of Honor
1992 Honorary Doctor of Law degree, Florida International University


Kenneth Jacobson is Deputy National Director of the Anti-Defamation League. He is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the formulation of policy and its implementation.

Previously, Mr. Jacobson served as ADL's Director of International Affairs. In that position he monitored and analyzed events affecting Jews in the Middle East, Europe and Latin America and oversaw the ADL Jerusalem Office, which assesses first-hand issues surrounding the Arab-Israeli conflict, as well the League's presence in Vienna and Moscow.

Mr. Jacobson is the author of numerous publications, including The Protocols: Myth and History; The Middle East: Questions and Answers; The Middle East "Post" Lebanon, and U.S. Aid to the Middle East: A Look Back, A Look Ahead. His articles have appeared in such prestigious publications as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Newsday. He is also author of the annual article on U.S.-Israel Relations in The American Jewish Yearbook. He has spoken before a variety of audiences and media outlets, not only in the United States, but in Russia, Germany, Israel and South Africa.

A graduate of Yeshiva University, where he earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts in history and Hebrew literature, he also holds a master's degree in American history from Columbia University.


Stacy Burdett is ADL's Washington Director and heads the Government and National Affairs Office which represents the Anti-Defamation League to the Federal government and foreign embassies on the full range of policy issues on ADL's agenda.

As the lead lobbyist on international issues, Ms. Burdett reaches out to Congress, the Administration and foreign diplomats to mobilize leadership and support on issues such as global anti-Semitism, securing fair treatment for Israel and broader human rights issues like international religious freedom. Ms. Burdett is also the ADL's point person on advocacy for comprehensive immigration reform and the fight against anti-immigrant bigotry.

Ms. Burdett has led efforts to advance the fight against anti-Semitism in international human rights forums such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the United Nations. She has testified before the US Congress and represented the Anti-Defamation League at numerous inter-governmental conferences to share ADL's experience and strategies for countering anti-Semitism and hate crime, and for promoting anti-bias and Holocaust education.


Deborah Lauter is the Director of Civil Rights for the Anti-Defamation League.

Ms. Lauter oversees domestic policy, programs and staff in three departments: Legal Affairs, which protects civil rights through litigation, legislation and education; the Center on Extremism, which monitors hate and extremism and serves as a resource for law enforcement, media and policy makers; and the Library and Research Center, which provides research and analysis on the top issues on the ADL agenda. She was promoted to this position after serving as ADL's Southeast Region Director in Atlanta.

Ms. Lauter has published numerous op-eds and articles on issues at the forefront of the American Jewish community, and has appeared on local, national and international radio and television news programs.

Ms. Lauter received a B.A. Degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, in New York. Prior to joining the staff of ADL she practiced corporate law in San Francisco, and served as the Community Relations Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.


Michael Salberg is Associate National Director and Director of International Affairs of the Anti-Defamation League. Mr. Salberg served as ADL's General Counsel from the time he joined ADL in 2003 until July 2006. In addition to his duties as General Counsel, Mr. Salberg also served as Deputy Chief Operating Officer until December 2005 and then as Special Assistant to the National Director.

Mr. Salberg has represented ADL at numerous international conferences on anti-Semitism and has participated in several international conferences dealing with anti-Semitism including the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Global Forum to Combat Anti-Semitism, the London Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism which brought together 125 parliamentarians from more than 40 countries and a group of more than 50 Jewish organizational professionals from around the world.

He also leads ADL's initiatives with the Latino/Hispanic community here in the U.S.

Before coming to ADL, Mr. Salberg practiced law for more than 28 years in New York City. He received his J.D. in 1976 from New York Law School and a B.A. in 1973 from the University of Cincinnati.


David Waren is Director of the Anti-Defamation League's Education Division, overseeing the League's award winning anti-bias initiatives, Holocaust education programs, programs related to anti-Semitism and campus advocacy.

He was formerly Regional Director of ADL's Connecticut Office, where he led efforts to monitor and expose extremists groups, promote civil rights and build bridges of understanding among diverse groups within the region.

Prior to this, Mr. Waren was the Regional Director of the Missouri/Southern Illinois Regional Anti-Defamation League Office in St. Louis. Mr. Waren was previously in private legal practice, specializing in corporate law and bankruptcy.

Mr. Waren received his BA, cum laude, from Brandeis University in 1985. In 1989, he received his JD, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was also a member of the Law Review.

Mr. Waren has also spent two years studying in Israel. The first was at the Hebrew University School of Overseas Studies (1983-1984); he also studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

Mr. Waren is the recipient of ADL's 2004 Milton Senn Award for professional excellence.

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