By James Cohen
Stuart Kurlander is a Past President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. He has previously served as Vice President for Financial Resource Development, Vice-President for Israel and Overseas, Vice President at Large, Co-Chair of the Campaign’s Philanthropic Leadership Group, and Co-Chair of Operation Promise, all for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Jewish Endowment Fund. Mr. Kurlander serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). He currently serves on the JDC’s Legal and Resource Development Committees and is chair of the JDC’s Government Relations Committee He is Board Chair of the American Committee for the Tel Aviv Foundation. He is also a Trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. And he also serves on the board of the Jewish Electorate Institute which is affiliated with the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA).
Stuart Kurlander is the Founder and past Chair of the Kurlander Program on Gay and Lesbian Outreach and Engagement (GLOE) at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, the first program of its type at a Jewish Community Center. In 2012 and 2014, GLOE was selected by Slingshot as one of the 50 most innovative nonprofits in North American Jewish Life. Stuart was also a funder and adviser for the Human Rights Campaign Jewish Organization Equality Index released in 2012. He was National Chair of the first UJC LGBT Pride Mission to Israel in 2005. He served as the National Chair of the 2016 JFNA LGBTQ Mission to Israel which brought to Israel more than a 100 LGBTQ persons from around the country. In 2018, Stuart co founded with Rabbi Gil Steinlauf the Hineni Fellowship for LGBTQ Jewish Leadership.
He is a Wexner Heritage program alumni and a former member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet of United Jewish Communities. He is also an owner of WJW Group, which includes the Washington Jewish Week and The Baltimore Jewish Times. Stuart is a member of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the distinguished Cosmos Club of Washington D.C. He is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC. Stuart Kurlander is a Health Care and Life Sciences Corporate and Litigation Partner in the Washington office of the international law firm Latham & Watkins LLP. He is the Founding Partner and former Chair of the Washington, DC Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Group (HLS) and is also former Global Co-Chair of the HLS Practice Group. Mr. Kurlander is the Global Co-Chair of the Israel Practice.