Countering Violent Extremism – An Interview with George Selim, Anti-Defamation League

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

Prior to his appointment at ADL in 2017, George served in the administrations of Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump. He most recently served as the Department of Homeland Security’s first Director of the Office for Community Partnerships. Concurrently, he was 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, George 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, George served as a Senior Policy Adviser at the DHS Office for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties. He has also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, the Arab American Institute, and served one year with AmeriCorps.

George holds an MA from Georgetown University and a BA from Walsh University.