Deborah Gordon Klehr, Executive Director, is responsible for ELC’s strategic direction and sustainability and serves as the organization’s primary spokesperson. Additionally, she oversees operational, personnel, and financial management. Deborah brings extensive expertise on education law and policy issues, including fairness in school discipline, fair funding for public education, and other school access and improvement issues. She was selected for and served on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee.
Deborah joined ELC in 2005 after clerking for U.S. District Court Judge Raymond J. Dearie in the Eastern District of New York. Deborah has taught education law at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Her article “Addressing the Unintended Consequences of No Child Left Behind and Zero Tolerance: Better Strategies for Safe Schools and Successful Students” was published in the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, and she is a frequent speaker statewide on education policy and the law. She previously taught kindergarten and first grade in Hoboken, N.J. Deborah is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
Deborah serves on the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and was recently elected to serve as a member of The American Law Institute. Deborah serves as a Vice President of the Board of Directors of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia and is a board member of Congregation Rodeph Shalom. She is also a member of Jewish Federations of North America Young Leadership Cabinet. She is a member of the Forum of Executive Women.