Press Release

ADL Recognizes Austin and Chicago Community Leaders Who Have Demonstrated Commitment to Civil Rights

New York, NY, May 27, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has announced the recipients of its 2016 Daniel R. Ginsberg Leadership Award, recognizing outstanding young professionals for their leadership in the fight against anti-Semitism, racism and all forms of prejudice.

Jared Lindaurer, an accomplished corporate attorney and civil rights advocate from Austin, and Greg Stewart, a prominent commodities broker from Chicago, were honored at a presentation on May 16 during the League’s National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of ADL leaders and activists from across the country gathered to hear from administration officials, policy experts, journalists, pundits, members of Congress, and others.

“I love the ADL because it enables me to be an agent of change in the world,” Mr. Lindaurer said in accepting the award. “I want to encourage you to engage with people in your everyday lives about civil rights issues that you care about. Bias and bigotry are one of the only societal ills that we can fight just by talking about it. Just by humanizing the plight of the persecuted or bringing to light the hardships that others bare you can open someone’s mind and take the first step in extinguishing their bias.”

“Our commitment to ADL demands that we are here, together, and I am not talking about being in this room, but rather I am talking about the state of mind of being here, of each of us committing to being a small part of a bigger idea and a larger mission to fight anti-Semitism and secure justice and fair treatment for all,” Mr. Stewart said in his remarks to the Summit participants. “Not because we have to, not because someone told us to, but because as leaders, we have decided collectively that our world needs people of action and we, together, answer that call.”

Since 1995, ADL has conferred the Daniel Ginsberg Leadership Award to outstanding candidates from around the country who demonstrate knowledge of, and working commitment to the policies and activities of ADL, as well as those who have the ability to add to the League’s deliberations at the national level. The award, named in honor of the late Daniel R. Ginsberg, a former New York Regional Board Chairman and ADL National Commissioner, is generously endowed by his friends and family.

“I look forward to this presentation each year, not only to remember Dan and his devotion to ADL, but also for the opportunity to meet even more young leaders from around the country who are living Dan’s legacy of leadership,” said Karyn Ginsberg Greenwald, a member of ADL’s National Commission, in presenting the awards. “Each year, we receive a number of wonderful applicants and it gets harder to choose our winners. This year was no exception and we have chosen two outstanding recipients from Austin and Chicago to add to our distinguished roster who have demonstrated a unique commitment to critical civil rights and education issues.”

Mr. Lindaurer, who served as Co-Chair of Austin ADL’s Civil Rights Committee, and currently on the League’s Executive Committee and Education Equity Task Force, has been involved in a number of key roles passionately advocating critical issues of importance to ADL, including testifying on behalf of the League in front of the Texas State Legislature on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and as a liaison to the Austin/Travis County Hate Crimes Task Force.

Mr. Stewart, an enthusiastic associate board member in ADL’s Chicago regional office, was immediately drawn to the League’s education programming since the start of his involvement on the Education Advisory Committee. In this role, Mr. Stewart has facilitated the growth of ADL’s education programs across several Midwestern states.