|“||When people have the power to choose, they choose wrong.||„|
|~ Chief Elder|
The Chief Elder is the leader of The Community in the book and movie The Giver. In Jonas' time, she is a woman (played by Meryl Streep) and is the story's main antagonist. At the December Ceremony, she gives speeches and assigns jobs to eleven-year-olds (referred to as "Elevens").
She believes that an authoritarian utopian society is the solution to pain and suffering and will go to extreme lengths to maintain such a society, even the execution of children by lethal injection (known as "release").