After having served in various positions under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the founding director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Community Partnerships and leader of the federal Countering Violent Extremism Task Force resigned his post about six months into the administration of President Donald Trump. In explaining his departure, which he emphasized was by choice, George Selim pointed to “hyper-partisanship” in Washington and budget cuts the Trump administration had threatened to the CVE programs ge worked on.
“It was time to leave government and try to be a vocal advocate for these issues from the outside,” Selim told NPR in early August. On Monday, the Anti-Defamation League announced it had appointed Selim to do just that, in the newly created role of senior vice president of programs. He will also oversee the ADL’s Center on Extremism.