Barry Morrison, who has spent 35 years with the Anti-Defamation League, announced that he’s stepping down at the end of the year as Philadelphia area director.
The 64-year-old, considered the longest-serving regional director, has spent the bulk of that time running the ADL in Philadelphia. The local office covers eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. From 1988 to 1992, he ran the ADL’s office in Chicago.
Morrison’s announcement came at his group’s May 13 regional board meeting and a few days before its annual Walk Against Hate, set for May 19 at 1 p.m., on Martin Luther King Drive. He told board members that he expected to be involved in selecting a successor.
Starting next year, he plans to work for the organization part time as a consultant, helping other regional offices address fundraising and other concerns.
“I have been thinking about it for some time. This is not an abrupt and sudden decision,” said Morrison, whose Rolodex has long included the city’s power brokers.
The ADL is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Arguably the best known Jewish defense organization during much of that time, the group has a dual mission of combating anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice.
Morrison has been a Jewish communal professional for most of his life. Prior to joining ADL, he worked for its former parent organization, B’nai B’rith, in Ohio. The New York native was also briefly a public school teacher.