2020 HEED Award Summit Keynote Speaker: George Selim

George Selim is Senior Vice President of Programs at ADL (formerly the Anti-Defamation League). In this role, Selim leads ADL’s education, law enforcement, and community security programs and oversees the work of ADL’s Center on Extremism.

Prior to his appointment at ADL, George served in the Administrations of Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump. He most recently served as the Department of Homeland Security’s Director of the Office for Community Partnerships, and was concurrently selected to lead a newly created Countering Violent Extremism Task Force to coordinate government efforts and partnerships to prevent violent extremism in the United States.

Before assuming these roles, Selim served for four years at the White House on the National Security Council Staff where he focused on policy development and program implementation matters for both domestic and international security threats.  

Prior to his work at the White House, Selim served as a Senior Policy Adviser at the DHS Office for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, advising Department leadership on policy issues at the intersection of civil liberties and homeland security. He has also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, the Arab American Institute, and served one year of AmeriCorps service.

George holds a MA from Georgetown University and BA from Walsh University and is a proud native of Cleveland, OH.