ADL Appoints Scott Richman as Director for New York / New Jersey Region

  • August 31, 2020

New York, NY, August 31, 2020 … ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today announced the appointment of Scott Richman, an experienced leader in the Jewish not-for-profit space, as regional director of ADL’s New York / New Jersey Office, based in New York City.

Richman comes to ADL from the American Jewish Committee (AJC) where he served as Regional Director for Westchester (NY) and Fairfield (CT) Counties. In that role, he was responsible for directing the day-to-day operations of this top regional office. His duties included advocacy on key issues with elected officials, diplomats, and faith leaders; major gifts fundraising which increased greatly under his tenure; leadership development; and extensive educational programming on issues of importance to the American Jewish community. Richman is known for developing innovative approaches to his work. Two examples include his facilitation of an advocacy training program for high school students and a bi-weekly, one-hour radio show on WVOX,” which he carried out for five years.

He came to AJC as an experienced Jewish professional, having served for 10 years at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) aiding the rebirth of Jewish life in the Former Soviet Union, and three years as the Director of Dor Chadash, a non-profit startup which engaged young professionals in the New York area.

Richman was a practicing attorney and investment banker before becoming a Jewish professional. He worked at a firm specializing in international law and in public finance at Merrill Lynch. He received his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and he earned his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Scott subsequently completed an executive certificate program at Columbia University’s Business School in nonprofit management.

“At this time when our nation is so divided, and hate crimes are rising, ADL’s role is critical. For more than 100 years, ADL has not only responded to antisemitism, but it has also harnessed Jewish values to ensure justice and fair treatment for all people,” said Richman. “I am honored to be joining ADL at this pivotal time and look forward to working with the outstanding staff and volunteer leadership in the New York/New Jersey region to create a more just world.”

“We are thrilled that Scott has joined the New York/New Jersey team,” said Steve Fineman, ADL NY/NJ Regional Board Chair. “Scott comes to ADL with an impressive professional background and skills, but more importantly, an unparalleled commitment to our mission. We have no doubt that with Scott’s guidance, the NY/NJ will continue its outstanding track record of fighting hate and his leadership will take it to new heights”

Scott is married with two grown children and lives in Westchester County.

ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education and fighting hate online, ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.