ELAN S. CARR (XA, 1990)
Elan S. Carr, Chi Alpha Chapter, 1990, is the 71st Supreme Master of Alpha Epsilon Pi.
In his professional capacity, Brother Carr is a criminal prosecutor and serves as a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. He has prosecuted numerous cases of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, and violent crimes involving some of LA’s most notorious criminal street gangs. Prior to his law enforcement career, he practiced commercial litigation in leading corporate law firms, including Kaye Scholer in New York and Irell & Manella in Los Angeles. He also worked in Israel as a U.S. legal advisor to Israel’s Ministry of Justice, where he helped to create the first-ever public defender’s office there.
Brother Carr is a military officer and war veteran. He holds the rank of Major in the United States Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, and spent nearly a year on military deployment in Iraq.
During his tour of duty in Iraq, Brother Carr conducted Jewish services in the former presidential palace of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. He was the first person to light a Hanukkiah in the presidential palace, for which he received wide media coverage. An Iraqi Jew himself, Brother Carr also had the opportunity to meet with the last remnants of the Iraqi Jewish community and visit the abandoned Jewish sites from which his own family fled as refugees decades earlier.
His official duties in Iraq involved many important aspects of the process unfolding there. As a team leader for a joint anti-terrorism team of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), he helped to lead anti-terrorism missions throughout Baghdad and much of the country. Then, as a Judge Advocate for Combined Joint Task Force Seven (CJTF-7), the Coalition’s military command for Iraq, he prosecuted insurgents who attacked Coalition forces. These prosecutions were conducted before Iraqi judges of the Central Criminal Court of Iraq, which marks the first time in history that a U.S. military lawyer litigated before an Arab tribunal. Brother Carr was also part of the Coalition Provisional Authority’s efforts to establish an independent Iraqi judiciary, and he helped to train Iraqi judges and lawyers on topics such as constitutional law and criminal defense.
Brother Carr is an active member of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). He was selected as one of 35 leaders from around the world to participate in a diplomatic mission to Israel organized by Israel’s Foreign Ministry. He frequently lectures on Middle Eastern affairs and terrorism, and he has addressed audiences throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Israel, and Iraq. Brother Carr has appeared multiple times on television and radio programs, including NPR’s “Morning Edition” and Talk Radio’s “Medved Show”, and has been a regular guest on the television news analysis program “Beyond the Beltway”.
Born and raised in Manhattan, Brother Carr attended New York’s Stuyvesant High School and then moved west for the University of California, Berkeley, where he became a Rechartering Brother of the Chi Alpha Chapter in 1986. He earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science, with honors, in 1990, and then studied law at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, earning his J.D. in 1993.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1997, Brother Carr was appointed Chapter Advisor to the Xi Deuteron Chapter (UCLA), which he helped to reorganize. In 1998, he was appointed Regional Governor of Southern California. During his nine years presiding over the region, it quadrupled in size and became recognized as one of the Fraternity’s most powerful and successful regions. He was elected to the Supreme Board of Governors in 2001, serving terms as Supreme Governor, Supreme Exchequer, Supreme Scribe, and Supreme Master Elect. He was elected and installed Supreme Master in August, 2012.
Brother Carr is the proud husband of Dr. Dahlia T. Carr, and they live in Los Angeles with their daughters, Hannah and Rachelle.