Karl Thurmond

Karl is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. While at Harvard Law School, Karl received the Williston Prize for best contract negotiation and was an Ames Moot Court Finalist. He specializes in business trial work, business litigation and business counseling, and was appointed to the Judicial Appointments Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

He has been named one of America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators the past five years, named a “Southern California Super Lawyer” eighteen times, and selected one of the Top 100 Black Lawyers in the State of California by the National Black Lawyers Association the past ten years.

Karl is passionate about giving back and the value of a Jewish education. His daughter Abigail attended Jewish day schools from the time she was 1 ½ until she was 18 years old. Karl served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and a member of the Executive Committee of Milken Community School, the Co-Chair of Milken’s Annual Giving Fund and Capital Campaign, and the President of the Board of Regents of Temple Emanuel Academy Day School. And in an attempt to provide other Jewish students with the benefit of a Jewish education, Karl has endowed a scholarship at Milken Community School.

Karl is also passionate about politics. As part of this passion, Karl served as Co-Chair of City Attorney Mike Feuer’s Campaign for Mayor of Los Angeles, and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Finance Committee for Adam Schiff’s US Senate Campaign and Co-Chair of Congresswoman Sydney Kamlager’s Finance Committee.​​

Karl’s greatest legacy passion is working to address the problem of people experiencing homelessness. He is trying to tackle this problem by serving as Co-Chair of Adam’s US Senate Campaign’s Advisory Committee on Affordable Housing and Homelessness, and serving on the Board of Directors of Volunteers of America Los Angeles, which is one of the largest non-governmental providers of homeless and head start services in Los Angeles County.

And when he is not pursuing his passion for Jewish education or politics, Karl can found most mornings running the Janss Steps at UCLA, and lately, thinking about how to help IKAR support its audacious and meaningful vision.