Leslie Gilbert-Lurie

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie

Writer, Lawyer, Human Rights Advocate

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie is a lawyer, author, philanthropist, former television executive and community leader.

Leslie is a Founding Board Member and past Board Chair of the Alliance for Children’s Rights, a leading legal rights organization for abused, at-risk, and foster youth.  She was also appointed to be Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Welfare, which led to widespread child welfare policy reform in Los Angeles County.

Leslie has worked to improve public education in a variety of settings.  She is a member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Directors, and Chair of its Nominating and Governance Committee. She is a member of the Board of Advisors to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the UCLA School of Law. She also served for over a decade on the Los Angeles County Board of Education, and she was President of the Board for three terms.

Gilbert-Lurie’s memoir, Bending Toward the Sun, published by Harper Collins, chronicles her mother's experience in the Holocaust and the intergenerational transmission of trauma. She has spoken in a variety of countries and across the US about the book, the Holocaust, and its implications for the world.

Leslie is an active member, and previously the Co-Chair, of HRW’s Los Angeles Committee. She also is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Leslie spent her earlier career as a television executive at NBC, where she oversaw NBC Productions and the comedy division, co-wrote television episodes for Alf and Saved by the Bell, and co-founded an in-house production company, Lurie-Horwits Productions. She later consulted for USA Network and Disney Television. As a lawyer, Gilbert-Lurie worked at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Tunney, and she served as a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Law Clerk.