Leslie Gilbert-Lurie is a writer, lawyer, and philanthropist, whose highly acclaimed memoir, Bending Toward the Sun, was published in 2009.
In addition to writing, Leslie currently co-chairs Human Rights Watch’s Los Angeles Committee. She also is a founding board member, past president, and co-chair elect of the Alliance for Children’s Rights, and a board member of The Skirball Cultural Center. Gilbert-Lurie also serves on the Editorial Board of the Chronicle of Social Change and she is a member of The Pacific Council on International Policy. Gilbert-Lurie also recently served as Vice Chair of the Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Welfare, which led to widespread child welfare reform in the county. From 1997 to 2011, she was on the Los Angeles County Board of Education, where she served three terms as President of the Board.
Leslie spent much of her early career at NBC, where she oversaw NBC Productions and the Comedy division, co-wrote television episodes, and co-founded an in-house production company, Lurie-Horwits productions. Afterward, she consulted for USA Network and Disney Television. Previously, as a lawyer, Leslie worked at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Tunney and served as a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Law Clerk. While at UCLA, she was the Student Regent, on the Board of Regents of the University of California.