Personal Announcement from ADC President Samer Khalaf

Dear ADC Family,

Over 20 years ago I was given an opportunity to join ADC as an intern, an experience that would change my life forever. A little over seven years ago I was once given a unique opportunity, and that was to become the ADC National President – an opportunity which I could not pass up. After much reflection and consideration, I have made the decision that it is time for me to move onto the next phase of my life. So, it is with both great sadness and excitement that I announce that I will be transitioning out of my role as National President of ADC.

I took the role during what was a challenging time for the organization, and community. ADC was facing great obstacles, and I knew the work would be difficult, but I would not shy away from the challenges. During my tenure as President, ADC has reconnected with its core mission – protecting the rights of Arab Americans and uplifting our rich culture and heritage. ADC has recommitted itself to its legal roots, and the organization is now on the leading fronts of community legal and policy work. We have also made strides in rebuilding our Chapters and grassroots presence across the country. I believe I have completed most if not all that I set out to do when I started.

I am grateful for all that ADC has done for me professionally and personally. While I will no longer hold the position of President, ADC will always remain in my heart and in my mind. I will continue to be a supporter and active member of the organization and will continue to volunteer my time to serve the community. I have agreed to stay on to help during a transitional period – this will help to assure a smooth transition to new leadership. I have also agreed to continue my service to ADC as a member of the National Board of Directors in the near future.

The search for the new president will be undertaken by a committee comprised of members from the ADC National Board. For further information about the position please contact ADC Board Chairman Dr. Safa Rifka at

I would be remiss if I did not thank the dedicated and talented staff and volunteers I had the honor of working with throughout the years at ADC. Throughout my tenure at I had the opportunity to meet and work with ADC Chapters and members across the country – each of you helped shape me and the organization, and for that I am forever grateful. I want to also recognize the partners and allies who stand with and by ADC as we collectively fight for all our communities.

I wish the entire ADC family much success in the future. Our community is facing many challenges, and there is a need for ADC now more than ever. I encourage everyone to continue supporting the organization and show the same support to the next President as you’ve shown me.

In solidarity,

Samer E. Khalaf,
Esq. ADC National President

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