Leslie Gilbert-Lurie

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie is a writer, lawyer, and philanthropist. She frequently moderates expert panels and publicly speaks on issues relating to human rights, child welfare and policy reform.  Her highly acclaimed memoir, Bending Toward the Sun, was published by Harper Collins in 2009.

Leslie is a member of the International Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch and she co-chairs Human Rights Watch's Los Angeles Committee.  She also is a founding board member and past Board Chair of the Alliance for Children's Rights, a legal rights non profit representing abused, neglected and foster youth.  In additional, Leslie serves on the Board of Directors of the Skirball Cultural Center and she is a member of The Pacific Council on International Policy.

Lesi Gilbert-Lurie at Dodger StadiumPreviously, Gilbert-Lurie served as Vice Chair of the Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Welfare, which led to widespread child welfare reform in Los Angeles County.  She also served for fourteen years on the Los Angeles County Board of Education, and was President of the Board for three terms.

Leslie spent much of her early career as a television executive at NBC.  Within two years, she frose from an entry level "creavitive associate" to a Vice President, and she held a variety of senior executive positions within NBC Productions and the Comedy division.  She also co-wrote television episodes, and she co-founded an NBC inhouse proudction company, Lurie-Horwits Productions.

As a lawyer, Leslie worked briefly at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Tunney and served as a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Law Clerk. She is a graduate of UCLA and UCLA School of Law.  And she served as the Student Regent on the Board of Regents of the University of California.

For her writing, speaking and community work, Gilbert-Lurie has been honored by the HeArt Foundation, The American Jewish Committee, Facing History and Ourselves, The Alliance for Children’s Rights, and the American Jewish Congress.

Leslie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, daughter and step-son.