David A. Lehrer, President of Community Advocates, Inc.,
co-founded CAI after 17 years as Director of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League. (He served as counsel for 11 years prior.)

Mr. Lehrer is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA where he received a B.A. in Political Science and a law degree from UCLA Law School.

During his tenure with the ADL, Mr. Lehrer helped draft legislation that dealt with issues as diverse as the Arab boycott of Israel, paramilitary training in California and hate crimes. He is a leading expert on intergroup relations and extremist group activities, and he has served on governmental commissions on hate crimes and terrorism.

Mr. Lehrer has been interviewed by publications such as the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The London Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and Newsweek. He has appeared on numerous national news programs, including ABC's Nightline and Good Morning America, as well as National Public Radio's All Things Considered and Morning Edition. His essays have appeared in numerous newspapers across the country.

In 1997, he was appointed by then L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan to the Board of Library Commissioners of L.A. and served for two years as its president, overseeing the 67-branch L.A. Public Library system with an annual budget approaching $90 million.

He is married to Dr. Ariella Lehrer and is the father of 4 children.