Esta Gordon Epstein

Immediate Past Chair
Esta Epstein

Esta Epstein is the Immediate Past Chair of ADL’s Board of Directors. ADL has remained her top priority for over 30 years and she served as the inaugural Chair of the Board. She has also held positions as Executive Vice Chair of the National Advisory Board and Chair of the Regional Operations Committee. She has been a member of the National Executive Committee for two terms, and also chaired the Education Committee. She was a Regional Board Chair of the New England Region and was awarded the Distinguished Service award by ADL upon completing her term.

A magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University, and former preschool teacher, Esta has been an 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 makes us a civilized society. Esta has also served on the Board of Overseers of Combined Jewish Philanthropies. As a past chair of the Miriam Fund, she serves on its executive board, granting funds to empower girls and women. As the founding Board Chair of 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.

As a member of the President’s Advisory Board of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she also proudly serves on the Board of the Stepping Strong Center for Trauma, founded by her daughter and son-in-law in the aftermath of the 2013 marathon bombing in Boston. Esta lives in Boston with her husband Robert, and happily has two daughters, two sons-in-law and four granddaughters.