Leslie Gilbert-Lurie is an author, community leader, philanthropist, lawyer, and former television executive. Her memoir, Bending Toward the Sun, was published in 2009 by Harper Collins. She frequently moderates panel discussions and publicly speaks on topics related to human rights and policy reform.
Gilbert-Lurie is the author of Bending Toward the Sun, a memoir written with her mother, chronicling her mother's experience in The Holocaust, and the inter-generational transmission of trauma. She has spoken at middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, churches and synagogues about her book, the holocaust, and its implications for the world today.
Gilbert-Lurie spent her early career at NBC. where she oversaw NBC Productions and the comedy division, co-wrote television episodes, and co-founded an in-house production company, Lurie-Horwits productions. Afterward, she consulted for USA Network and Disney Television. Previously, as a lawyer, Gilbert-Lurie worked briefly at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Tunney, and she served as a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Law Clerk for Judge Harry Pregerson. While at UCLA, she was the Student Regent, on the Board of Regents of the University of California (1980-1981).
Advocacy and community leadership
Gilbert-Lurie is a human rights and children's rights advocate and activist. She is a Director of Human Rights Watch's International Board, and co-chair of Human Rights Watch's Los Angeles Committee. She is also a founding board member and past Board Chair of the Alliance for Children's Rights, a legal rights organization for abused, at risk, and foster youth. She is also on the Leadership Council of Facing History and Ourselves. She is also a member of The Pacific Council on International Policy and was most recently appointed to the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center Board of Advisors.
Previously, Gilbert-Lurie served as Vice Chair of the Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Welfare, which led to widespread child welfare reform in Los Angeles County. She also served for fourteen years on the Los Angeles County Board of Education, and was President of the Board for three terms. Gilbert-Lurie is also a former Board Member of the Los Angeles Music Center and the Skirball Cultural Center.
Awards and honors
- Facing History and Ourselves "2010 Upstander of the Year" Award
- Los Angeles Magazine: LA Women (2012)
- The HeArt Project, Co-Honoree (with Sir Ken Robinson and Seth MacFarlane) (2012)
- American Jewish Committee Ira Yellin Community Leadership Award (with Cliff Gilbert-Lurie) (2011)
- Alliance for Children's Rights National Champion for Children Award (with Cliff Gilbert-Lurie) (2004)
- Recipient, American Jewish Congress Tzedek Award, "For Outstanding Commitment to Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and Justice" (1998)
- Outstanding Senior Award, UCLA Alumni Association (1981) 
Gilbert-Lurie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Cliff Gilbert-Lurie. She has two children, Gabriel, and Mikaela, and a step-son, Christopher.
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