ADL Leadership

  • October 3, 2012


National Chair

Barry Curtiss-Lusher, elected National Chair of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in November 2012, has been actively involved in ADL for more than three decades. A businessman and community leader in Denver, Colorado, Mr. Curtiss-Lusher has held a series of national leadership positions with ADL, including Development Chair, Vice Chair of Development & Regional Operations, and Chair of the Nominating Committee. He has served on ADL's National Commission since 1993, and as a member of the National Executive Committee, the League's highest policymaking body, since 2000.

He has participated in many leadership delegations abroad, including Israel, Europe, Turkey, Jordan, Poland and the United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Curtiss-Lusher has served in numerous leadership positions with the ADL Mountain States Region, based in Denver, since joining a young leadership program there in 1982. He has chaired most of the region's committees, including civil rights, government affairs, international affairs, development and strategic planning. He served as Mountain States Regional Board Chair in 1999-2000 and, in 2007, was presented with ADL's Distinguished Community Service Award.

Mr. Curtiss-Lusher is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan Law School.


National Director

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. He is the co-author of Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and author of Jews & Money: The Story of a Stereotype (Palgrave Macmillan, 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, four with Pope Benedict XVI, and recently met with the newly installed Pope Francis. 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.


Awards and Honorary Degrees 

2014  Honorary Doctor of Laws degree, Suffolk University Law School
2013  The Begin Prize
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



National Director Abraham H. Foxman
Deputy National Director   Kenneth Jacobson
Chief Operating Officer Clifford Schechter

Division Directors

Civil Rights Deborah M. Lauter
Development Nina Hanan
Education David S. Waren
Finance and Administration Michael A. Kellman
Information Technology Sam Memberg
International Affairs Michael A. Salberg
Leadership Marvin S. Rappaport
Marketing and Communications   Samuel Connor
Regional Operations Bob Wolfson
Washington Affairs Stacy Burdett
General Counsel Steven C. Sheinberg


The list of board members is included in the current Annual Report.