The Ad Council Says Its Work Is More Crucial Than Ever in Dark Times

'It's up to us to bring the light,' says CEO

While its work includes a number of campaigns in support of left-leaning causes, the Ad Council is officially an apolitical organization. Still, the results of last week's presidential election, and the months of rancor preceding it, hung heavy over the group's annual public-service dinner in New York on Wednesday—with plenty of gallows humor from the host, James Corden, and words of encouragement and solace from Ad Council CEO Lisa Sherman.