Name: Gregg M. Mashberg
Community: New Rochelle, NY and NYC
Occupation: Lawyer & Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP
ADL Role: Board Chair, NY Region
1. What is your earliest memory of ADL?
When I was a teenager, I remember my father talking about writing a check to ADL. I don’t know the context and don’t know why I remember it so vividly. Perhaps because there was significant racism and anti-Semitism in the area where my parents and, later, and my sister and I grew up, it was only natural that my parents supported ADL. It was always a fixture in our household.
2. How did you first become involved in ADL?
I became involved with ADL through the encouragement and urging of my close friend and former law partner, Chris Wolf. He not only lauded the wonderful substantive work, but he told me going to an ADL event was like getting together with family. That sounded like a pretty unbeatable combination. Chris was right. ADL gave me the opportunity to become personally involved in issues that I cared about so deeply and to work with a wonderful group of professional staff and lay leaders. I was sold.
3. How do you envision ADL’s Centennial Theme Imagine a World Without Hate™?
The campaign has been brilliant and uplifting. It concisely and poignantly defines the essence of ADL’s mission. John Lennon was always a hero of mine, and I get a chill down my spine each time I watch the video and listen to the music track. I think John would have been very proud that, more than 30 years after his death, ADL has looked to his work to inspire and advance our mission.