Richard Foltin, AJC

Richard FoltinRichard T. Foltin is Director of National and Legislative Affairs in the American Jewish Committee’s Office of Government and International Affairs in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Foltin coordinates AJC’s policy and legislative activities on a broad range of AJC concerns (including religious liberty, civil rights, immigration, energy security, domestic anti-Semitism, and anti-Israel boycott efforts).  He assumed this position in March 2009, after serving in the DC office as Legislative Director and Counsel.  Before moving to DC, Mr. Foltin was Director of Governmental Affairs and Associate Legal Director in AJC’s New York headquarters.  Prior to that, he was an associate with the litigation department of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, a New York law firm.  

Mr. Foltin has testified before Congressional committees and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, most recently on religious discrimination in the workplace before the House Committee on Education and Labor.  He has served on the governing Council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, and as chair and co-chair of the section’s First Amendment Rights Committee.  He currently serves as co-chair of the section’s Religious Freedom Committee. Mr. Foltin is a member of the Committee on Religious Liberty, founded by the National Council of Churches and today convened by the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum, and has served as a member of the National Immigration Forum’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Foltin writes on current issues for the AJC membership and general public, and speaks on these issues in the media and at conferences and workshops. For several years, Mr. Foltin wrote the annual report on national affairs for the American Jewish Year Book.  

In 1999, Mr. Foltin was named a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School.  In 2009, he was awarded the Dorothy Height Coalition Building Award by SALDEF (the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund).  Mr. Foltin has served several times, and will do so again in May 2016, as a faculty member for a course on “Religious Traditions and the Courts,” offered as part of a continuing judicial education program for Florida judges.  

A native of New York City and a child of Holocaust survivors, Mr. Foltin received his B.A. magna cum laude with honors in Political Science from New York University and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.  He is a member of the bars of New York State, Washington DC, and the U.S. Supreme Court.    

May 10, 2016
Richard T. Foltin is Director of National and Legislative Affairs in the American Jewish Committee’s Office of Government and International Affairs in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Foltin coordinates AJC’s policy and legislative activities on a broad range of AJC concerns (including religious liberty, civil rights, immigration, energy security, domestic anti-Semitism, and anti-Israel boycott efforts).  He assumed this position in March 2009, after serving in the DC office as Legislative Director and Counsel.  Before moving to DC, Mr. Foltin was Director of Governmental Affairs and Associate Legal Director in AJC’s New York headquarters.  Prior to that, he was an associate with the litigation department of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, a New York law firm.  

Mr. Foltin has testified before Congressional committees and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, most recently on religious discrimination in the workplace before the House Committee on Education and Labor.  He has served on the governing Council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, and as chair and co-chair of the section’s First Amendment Rights Committee.  He currently serves as co-chair of the section’s Religious Freedom Committee. Mr. Foltin is a member of the Committee on Religious Liberty, founded by the National Council of Churches and today convened by the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum, and has served as a member of the National Immigration Forum’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Foltin writes on current issues for the AJC membership and general public, and speaks on these issues in the media and at conferences and workshops. For several years, Mr. Foltin wrote the annual report on national affairs for the American Jewish Year Book.  

In 1999, Mr. Foltin was named a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School.  In 2009, he was awarded the Dorothy Height Coalition Building Award by SALDEF (the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund).  Mr. Foltin has served several times, and will do so again in May 2016, as a faculty member for a course on “Religious Traditions and the Courts,” offered as part of a continuing judicial education program for Florida judges.  

A native of New York City and a child of Holocaust survivors, Mr. Foltin received his B.A. magna cum laude with honors in Political Science from New York University and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.  He is a member of the bars of New York State, Washington DC, and the U.S. Supreme Court.    

May 10, 2016