Esta Gordon Epstein is Chair of the Board of Directors. A native Bostonian and longtime ADL leader both at the national organization and in the New England Region, Esta was elected chair of the board in 2018, becoming only the second woman to assume ADL’s top volunteer role in the organization’s 105-year history.
As her top priority for more than 30 years, Esta most recently was an ADL National Advisory Commissioner. She has also held positions of Executive Vice Chair of the National Advisory Board and Chair of the Regional Operations Committee.
She was the Regional Board Chair of the New England Region and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by ADL upon completing her term.
A graduate of Tufts University and former preschool teacher, Esta has been A World of Difference facilitator since its inception in 1985, and with her husband Robert co-chaired the program for many years, helping it to become the internationally recognized anti-bias program it is today.
Among other community engagements, Esta has been a Director of the Citi Performing Arts Center, having co-chaired its Education committee, believing that the arts make us a civilized society.
Esta has also served on the Board of Overseers of Combined Jewish Philanthropies. As a member of the Miriam Fund, she serves on its executive board, granting funds to empower girls and women, and is a past chair.
As the founding Board Chair of Interfaithfamily.com for its first five years, she helped grow and establish the organization, assuring non- judgmental resources for interfaith families.
Esta is a member of the Curator’s Circle of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. A certified mediator, she has a special interest in family mediation and school peer mediation, exemplified by the Peer Mediation program of the World of Difference.
Esta lives in Boston with her husband Robert, and happily has two daughters, two sons-in-law and four granddaughters living and working nearby in the city.