ACLU of Washington Leadership
Kathleen Taylor, executive director of the ACLU of Washington since 1980, is the leader of the state's largest civil liberties and civil rights group. more»
Under Taylor's direction, the ACLU of Washington has taken a leadership role in opposing excesses of the war on terrorism, advancing racial justice, challenging excessive drug laws, addressing technology's impact on liberty, while continuing its historic role of guaranteeing free speech and religious liberty for all.
In 1994, Taylor was designated "Outstanding Non-Lawyer" by the King County Bar Association for "distinguished and meritorious service to the legal profession and the public." She was one of the leaders of the Initiative 120, the Reproductive Privacy Act, which was approved by the voters in 1990 guaranteeing reproductive freedom in Washington. Prior to working for the ACLU, she headed the Coalition on Government Spying, which exposed extensive political spying by Seattle police and led to Seattle's adoption of the nation's first law restricting political spying by police.
Prior to moving to Seattle in 1976, Taylor worked for Senator Frank Church (D Idaho) in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the University of California - Santa Barbara and a native of Idaho.
Jared Friend, director of technology and liberty, is responsible for driving policy work at the intersection of free speech, privacy, and developing technology and for collaborating with the policy and litigation teams throughout the ACLU. more»
Prior to joining the ACLU, Jared was an associate in the Technology Transactions Group at Cooley LLP. His representative areas of experience were focused on free/open-source licensing and compliance, online and mobile tracking, FTC inquiry and order compliance, regulatory data security compliance, development of internal privacy and data security practices, data breach notice obligations, biometrics, and regulatory policy.
Jared attended Berkeley School of Law, where he received the Law and Technology Certificate, worked for the Samuelson Technology Clinic, and was a member of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal submissions team. Prior to law school, Jared worked for a number of technology companies in the Seattle area in test engineering roles. He attended the University of Washington where he received a BFA in Digital Arts and Experimental Media, received the DXARTS Distinguished Undergraduate Award, was a Mary Gates Research Scholar, and received a College of Arts and Sciences Research Grant.
Mary Gagliardi, development director, has 15 years of experience in developing and managing programs for advocacy and civil rights organizations. more»
Her career also includes consulting and working with numerous women’s and reproductive rights organizations. She served as the director of marketing for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in California, the largest state affiliate in the country, over a period of historic growth in which the affiliate tripled in size.
Gagliardi received a graduate degree in international business from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Doug Honig, communications director of the ACLU of Washington since 1990, oversees the organization's efforts to advance public understanding of civil liberties and the work of the ACLU in our state. more»
Before joining the ACLU staff, Honig was an award-winning journalist. He produced documentaries for public radio and television in Seattle and wrote for a wide range of publications, including the Seattle Weekly and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Prior to moving to Seattle in 1970, he received a BA from the University of Michigan and an MA in History from Stanford. He grew up in the Washington, DC area.
Shankar Narayan, Legislative Director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, one of the strongest and most successful ACLU affiliates in the nation. He advances a legislative agenda that protects and strengthens the fundamental civil rights and civil liberties of all, from the strongest to the most vulnerable. more»
Shankar was previously Policy Director at OneAmerica, a Seattle-based immigrant rights organization. Shankar's role at OneAmerica placed him on the frontlines of the immigrant rights struggle on a daily basis. Prior to that, Shankar built a practice in technology and intellectual property law at Preston Gates and Ellis LLP (now K&L Gates).
Shankar was the first chair of the City of Seattle's Immigrant and Refugee Advisory Board, and formerly co-chaired the steering committee of the Detention Watch Network, a national coalition working to reform the U.S. immigration detention system. Shankar is past president of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, a former board member of the Asian Bar Association of Washington, and co-chaired the Ethnic Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee of the King County Bar Association. Shankar was named King County Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer for 2010.
Shankar was born in the former Soviet Union, grew up in the U.S., the Maldives, India, the former Yugoslavia, Thailand, and Russia, and enjoys the outdoors, travel, and motorcycling. He is an avid reader and writer and a published poet. Shankar holds a B.S. from Bates College, an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Liezl Tomas Rebugio, field director, oversees the management and direction of statewide mobilization on priority issues, guides and supports the network of allies and ACLU activists, and develops links with other civil rights and community-based organizations across the state. more»
In 2009, she was named as an "activist to watch" by ColorLines magazine. Prior to moving to Seattle in 2002, Rebugio lived in Washington, D.C. where she provided direct services to adults living on the street. She is a graduate of Gonzaga University and the University of Washington and grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Brian Robick, information technology and online communications director and senior policy strategist, has been working at the intersection of technology and civil liberties since 2006. He is responsible for assuring that the organization’s infrastructure and online efforts advance its mission of defending and expanding civil liberties in Washington state. more»
Brian oversees the organization’s network and technological infrastructure and its digital properties, including its websites, social media presence, mobile tools and applications, and e-mail activist network. Additionally, Brian serves as a strategist working with project directors and policy staff to promote the ACLU’s work through research, data analysis and visualization, gis mapping, and digital campaign management.
Brian is proud to be a native of Pittsburgh, PA. He holds a BA in History and a BFA in Music Composition from Carnegie Mellon University, an MA in European History from Columbia University, and a PhD in History from Carnegie Mellon.
Jennifer Shaw, deputy director, is responsible for leading the policy advocacy work and for coordinating multi-disciplinary, high impact campaigns for civil liberties that involve legal, legislative, public education and mobilizing programs. more»
Marlena Torres,Director of Finance and Administration, is responsible for the organization's overall financial management, from day-to-day accounting to annual financial reporting, as well as Human Resources and office management oversight. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Marlena is a CPA licensed in the state of Washington and holds a BA in Accounting and Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico. more»
Board of Directors
President: Jean Robinson – Seattle. Owner, The Robinson Company.
Vice President: David Whedbee – Seattle. Attorney, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless.
Secretary-Treasurer: Randy Gainer – Seattle. Attorney, BakerHostetler.
National Board Representative: Peter Danelo – Seattle. Attorney, Retired from Heller Ehrman LLP.
Hank Balson – Seattle. Attorney, Public Interest Law Group
Rory Bowman – Vancouver. Macintosh Computer Consultant, MacRory.com
Emily Cooper – Seattle. Civil Rights Attorney, Disability Rights Washington.
Patrick Gallagher – Seattle. VP of Engineering and Artist.
Carol Guthrie – Spokane. Director of the Breast Division and Practicing Surgeon, Providence Cancer Center / Columbia Medical Associates
Jamila Johnson – Seattle. Attorney, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
Cindy Jordan – Spokane. Attorney/Tribal Judge, Private Practice, Coeur d’Alene and Nez Perce Tribes.
Daniel Larner – Bellingham. Professor of Theatre, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Washington University.
Alexes Harris – Seattle. Professor, University of Washington Dept. of Sociology
Paul Lawrence - Seattle. Attorney, Pacifica Law Group.
Noel Nightingale – Seattle. Civil Rights Attorney.
Binah Palmer – Seattle. Communications Specialist, SEIU 775NW
Yvonne Sanchez – Seattle. Comrade.
Dan Shih – Seattle. Attorney, Susman Godfrey.
David Whedbee – Seattle. Attorney, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless.
Jesse Wing – Seattle. Civil Rights Attorney, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless.