Jesselyn McCurdy joins The Leadership Conference as Managing Director of Government Affairs

Uncategorized 06.3.21

Contact: Stephen Peters, [email protected], 202.466.1887

WASHINGTON — The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and its sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, announced today that Jesselyn McCurdy is joining the organizations as managing director of government affairs. 

“We are thrilled to have Jesselyn McCurdy join our team,” said Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund. “Jesselyn’s wealth of experience and dedication to creating just and equitable federal policies illustrate just how indispensable she will be as we continue the fight to protect our civil and human rights.”

Jesselyn McCurdy previously served as the deputy political director at the National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She led the NPAD Equality Division that engages in federal and state advocacy as well as campaigns on immigrants’ rights, racial justice, and Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian issues. McCurdy also led the ACLU’s federal criminal justice advocacy work on federal sentencing, prison reform, drug policy, and capital punishment. Prior to this, McCurdy served as counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee and as co-director of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Education and Youth Development Division. McCurdy received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science from Rutgers University and her Juris Doctor from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit

The Leadership Conference Education Fund builds public will for federal and state policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund’s campaigns empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States. It was founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. For more information on The Education Fund, visit