ADL Leadership

  • October 3, 2012


National Chair

Marvin Nathan, elected National Chair of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in October 2015, has been actively involved with ADL for more than three decades. An attorney and community leader in Houston, Mr. Nathan has held a series of national leadership positions with ADL, including service as Southwest Region Board Chair. Since 1999, he has been a member of ADL’s National Commission and National Executive Committee, the League’s highest policymaking bodies.

Mr. Nathan has served in numerous leadership positions with ADL’s Southwest Region, based in Houston, since joining the board in 1985. He has chaired some of the region’s key committees, including civil rights, investigative research and the religious freedom task force. In 2003, he was honored with ADL’s Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award, and during ADL’s centennial year in 2013 he received the Centennial Award in recognition of his contributions in fighting anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination in America.

Mr. Nathan is a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. Near the end of his law studies, he heard the U.S. Solicitor General speak about the civil rights movement and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which motivated him to become a trial lawyer in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Shortly thereafter, in 1970, he founded the firm Nathan Sommers Jacobs, which today is primarily focused on practicing real estate and general business organization law.

As a longtime advocate for civil rights, Mr. Nathan has also been active in community and philanthropic work in the Houston area for many years. He is a supporter of the University of Houston and the University of Houston Law Center. The University awarded him its Volunteer of the Year Award in 1995 and its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2008. The Law Center awarded him its Volunteer of the Year Award in 1994, the Law Alumni Association President’s Award in 1991, the Dean’s Award in 1993 and 2004, and the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1997.

Mr. Nathan and his wife, Arlene, reside in Houston, Texas. They have two grown children and five grandchildren.



CEO and National Director

Jonathan Greenblatt, the sixth National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovative leader with deep experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. As chief executive of ADL, Jonathan leads all aspects of one of the most respected civil rights organizations in the country.

Prior to heading ADL, Jonathan served in the White House as Special Assistant to President Obama and Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. There, he led the Administration's efforts to use financial innovation, national service, and public-private partnerships to accelerate economic recovery, boost job creation, and strengthen local communities.

Jonathan came to that role after a long career as a serial social entrepreneur and corporate executive, starting and scaling businesses focused on creating economic value and social good. He co-founded Ethos Brands, the business that launched Ethos Water, the premium bottled water that helps children around the world access clean water. Ethos Water was acquired by Starbucks in 2005, and Jonathan then became Starbucks' vice president of global consumer products and joined the board of the Starbucks Foundation.

Jonathan also founded All for Good (AFG), the open data platform designed to enable more people to serve. Launched with support from Google, AFG has emerged as one of the largest databases of volunteer opportunities on the Internet. AFG was acquired by Points of Light in 2011. Jonathan served as CEO of GOOD Worldwide, a diversified media company whose products include the award-winning GOOD Magazine and the popular website Earlier in his career, he worked as an executive at (now Move Networks), joining the company as a product manager and eventually heading up its consumer products unit. Move was acquired by News Corp in 2014.

Jonathan has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards, including the African Leadership Foundation, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, Kevita, KaBOOM! and He is a member of the 2006 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute and is a Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly. He taught at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA from 2006 to 2011 and served as a senior fellow at the Wharton School of Management in 2014. Jonathan graduated cum laude with a BA from Tufts University and earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Jonathan's ADL roots run deep. As an undergraduate at Tufts, he interned in ADL's New England Regional Office in Boston, and he is a graduate of ADL's Salvin Leadership Program. Jonathan is married to Marjan Keypour Greenblatt, an Iranian-American who came to the US as a political refugee and worked as an associate director in ADL's Pacific Southwest Regional Office in Los Angeles for nearly eight years.



National Director Jonathan Greenblatt
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  Todd Gutnick
Regional Operations Bob Wolfson
Talent & Knowledge Tom Ruderman
Washington Affairs Stacy Burdett
General Counsel Steven C. Sheinberg
National Director Emeritus Abraham H. Foxman


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