Deborah Lauter brings three decades of experience working against hate acts and bigotry. Formerly a senior vice-president for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Deborah’s past work helped build training and education programs to provide schools, law enforcement officials, and communities with the resources to target the roots of hatred. During her tenure as ADL’s National Civil Rights Director, the organization led the national coalition that secured passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Federal Hate Crimes Act. Deborah is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and received her J.D. from Cardozo School of Law.
Hassan Naveed has a decade of experience working on criminal justice issues impacting vulnerable communities. He previously served as Director of Outreach at the New York City Department of Investigation’s Office of Inspector General for the NYPD (OIG-NYPD). Prior to OIG-NYPD, Hassan led community efforts in Washington, D.C., that worked to improve hate crime response and prevention by the local police department involving LGBTQ, Muslim, immigrant, and other communities. Hassan earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his Master of Public Administration from New York University.