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ACLU of Washington Leadership

Executive Director

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»


Senior Staff

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»

Mary Gagliardi, development director, has 15 years of experience in developing and managing programs for advocacy and civil rights organizations. more»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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: Dan Shih – Seattle. Attorney, Susman Godfrey.

National Board Representative: Peter Danelo – Seattle. Attorney, Retired from Heller Ehrman LLP.

Starcia Ague – Olympia. Youth and Family Advocate Program Administrator, DSHS.

Hank Balson – Seattle. Attorney, Public Interest Law Group

Rory Bowman – Vancouver. Macintosh Computer Consultant,

Emily Cooper – Seattle. Civil Rights Attorney, Disability Rights Washington.

Patrick Gallagher – Seattle. VP of Engineering and Artist.

Carol GuthrieSpokane. 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.

Alexes Harris – Seattle. Professor, University of Washington Dept. of Sociology

Paul Lawrence - Seattle. Attorney, Pacifica Law Group.

Tana Lin - Seattle. Attorney, Keller Rohrback

Ceci Lopez - Bellingham. Attorney, Gravis Law.

Noel Nightingale – Seattle. Civil Rights Attorney.

Binah Palmer – Seattle. Communications Specialist, SEIU 775NW

Mike Ryan – Seattle. Attorney.

Yvonne Sanchez – Seattle. Comrade.

Jesse Wing – Seattle. Civil Rights Attorney, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless.