As Senior Vice President, Policy, Eileen Hershenov oversees ADL’s civil rights team, its government relations and community engagement team, the Silicon Valley-based Center for Technology and Society, the Civil Society Fellowship, and the library and archives work.
Eileen joined ADL in 2018 after serving as General Counsel (GC) for several of the nation’s leading mission-driven not-for-profits. Directly prior to coming to the ADL, she served as GC and head of public policy for the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, the fifth-most visited internet site. Prior to that, she was GC at Consumer Reports and before that, GC at the Open Society Foundations. Eileen began her legal career clerking for a NY federal district court judge, worked for the ACLU, and then spent three years at the law firm Morrison & Foerster, where among other things, she litigated cases supporting racial justice and the rights of immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community and women.
Eileen began her professional career as a campus and community organizer in New York State, working on environmental issues, transit reform, student and worker rights, and ultimately leading a successful access-to-justice legislative campaign. Eileen earned a BA from Yale College and a JD from Yale Law School.