William Donohue has been the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights since 1993. Founded in 1973, the League works to safeguard both the religious freedom and free speech of Catholics in America. Trained as an educator, he began his teaching career at St. Lucy's School in New York's Spanish Harlem and went on to teach sociology at La Roche College in Pittsburgh. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from New York University.
He serves on many boards, including the Washington Legal Foundation, the Jewish Action Alliance, Ave Maria Institute and the Christian Film & Television commission.