Jonathan Greenblatt

CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Jonathan Greenblatt is the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and its sixth National Director. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovative leader with deep experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.


As chief executive of ADL, Mr. Greenblatt leads all aspects of one of the most respected civil rights organizations in the country. Since becoming CEO in July 2015, he has modernized the organization while re-focusing it on the dual mission it has had since its founding in 1913: to fight the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Among the many successes under Mr. Greenblatt, ADL has worked in new and expanded ways to combat and uncover anti-Semitism – online, offline, in the U.S., around the world, and with new partners. He has led the fight against the anti-Semitic boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement that seeks to delegitimize the State of Israel, vocally opposed bigoted policies such as the “Muslim Ban,” and cemented ADL as the leader in tracking and fighting cyber hate.


Prior to joining the ADL, Mr. Greenblatt served in the White House as Special Assistant to President Obama and Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. This followed a long career as a serial social entrepreneur and corporate executive, starting and scaling businesses focused on creating economic value and social good.


Mr. Greenblatt graduated cum laude with a BA from Tufts University and earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University