National Policy

The National and Legislative Affairs Department (NLAD) is part of AJC’s Office of Government and International Affairs in Washington, D.C. It oversees legislative advocacy on a broad range of AJC’s national policy concerns, including:

  • Promotion of federal and state responses to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) against Israel and to domestic anti-Semitism;
  • Support for fair and generous immigration policies that reflect our highest values as well as serve our security interests;
  • Protection of civil rights, including restoration of voting rights safeguards;
  • Safeguarding of religious liberty; and
  • Enhancement of U.S. energy security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

NLAD helps shape national policy in these and other areas by working with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, the Administration, and coalition partners, and by activating AJC’s regional offices to raise these issues with their elected representatives. In addition, in coordination with other AJC departments, NLAD is responsible for development and implementation of AJC’s domestic policy agenda. Richard Foltin is the Director of the National and Legislative Affairs Department.


Important AJC Statements

Read AJC's Statement on Voting Rights here.

Read AJC's Marriage Equality Resolution here.