The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has appointed Jeff Trexler its interim director, effective immediately. He succeeds Charles Brownstein, who resigned from the position in June after allegations of assault leveled against him resurfaced.
Trexler will oversee and update the CBLDF’s operations and its mission. He will also be charged with restoring the organization's credibility and stature in the comics community after the departure of Brownstein, who held the executive director position at CBLDF for 18 years.
"The original mission of CBLDF is one I passionately support as a longtime member of the comics community," Trexler said in a statement. "This is a time of evolution for the organization, and I am honored to be a part of it."
Before joining the CBLDF, Trexler was associate director of the Fashion Law Institute. He is a member of the ethics committee at Kering Americas, and has served on the board of the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art. Trexler is also a lifelong comics fan as well as a lawyer, and has provided legal analysis on a variety of issues surrounding the comics industry.
"Jeff’s depth of experience coupled with his skill and dedication to the industry is the leadership the organization needs," CBLDF president Christina Merkler said in a statement. "He will leverage that experience to cultivate an inclusive, responsive, and relevant organization to support our community."