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.
Jamela Debelak, technology & liberty Director, works to promote technology policy that protects and advances civil liberties in Washington. more»
Prior to joining the ACLU-WA, she was Executive Director of the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School. While there, she led research and programming on issues related to children’s privacy, internet intermediary liability and online speech. She previously worked as an attorney at Dechert LLP in Philadelphia and New York, specializing in corporate and intellectual property issues.
Jamela grew up in Columbus, OH, holds an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and graduated magna cum laude from Temple University School of Law in 2005.
Sarah Dunne, legal director, joined the ACLU of Washington in 2006, where she directs its legal program. Dunne has more than a dozen years of public interest litigation and policy experience that includes several landmark cases. more»
Dunne grew up in South King County. She graduated from Stanford University with honors and the University of Chicago Law School. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Paez then with the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.
In 2006, Dunne was honored by the Washington State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Divisions with its Professionalism Award for her substantial pro bono and volunteer work while in private practice. Dunne serves as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s IRR Committee on the Rights of Women and as a volunteer attorney for the KCBA Federal Civil Rights Clinic. Dunne is also a board member of New Futures, a non-profit providing services to low-income students and families in South King County.
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.
Alison Holcomb, criminal justice director, pursues reform strategies aimed at replacing reliance on criminal sanctions with approaches that treat drug abuse as a public health concern and at the same time respect civil liberties, reduce incarceration, and promote racial justice. more»
Born in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Holcomb graduated from Stanford University with Honors in 1990 and the University of Washington School of Law in 1993.
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.
Linda Mangel, education equity director, works to protect students from discrimination and harassment by providing training and tools for schools in complying with civil rights laws. more»
Linda has practiced civil rights law for over 20 years, beginning at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, and later at the Northwest Women’s Law Center in Seattle, WA. She returned to the Federal Government to work for the Federal Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, where she developed an expertise in education civil rights law. Before joining the ACLU in 2010, Linda founded the Education Equity Consulting Group which conducted civil rights compliance reviews and training for school districts.
Linda's hometown is Washington D.C. and she graduated from William Smith College and Georgetown University Law School.
Shankar Narayan, legislative director, joined the ACLU of Washington in 2008. 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 (formerly Hate Free Zone), a Seattle-based organization that advances democracy and justice by empowering immigrant communities. 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 named the King County Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer for 2010. He co-chaired the City of Seattle's Immigrant and Refugee Advisory Board, and the steering committee of the Detention Watch Network, a national coalition of organizations and individuals working to reform the U.S. immigration detention system. Shankar has previously served as president of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, board member of the Asian Bar Association of Washington, and co-chair of the Ethnic Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee of the King County Bar Association.
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 climbing, travel, and writing. 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 and is an avid sports fan and student of foreign languages. 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»
Board of Directors
President: Jean Robinson – Seattle. Owner, The Robinson Company.
Vice President: Doug Klunder – Seattle. Volunteer Attorney.
Secretary-Treasurer: Randy Gainer – Seattle. Attorney, Davis Wright Tremaine.
National Board Representative: Peter Danelo – Seattle. Attorney, Retired from Heller Ehrman LLP.
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.
Mary Gallwey – Seattle. Retired professor, Washington State University.
Carol Guthrie – Spokane. Director of the Breast Division and Practicing Surgeon, Providence Cancer Center / Columbia Medical Associates
Brooks Holland – Spokane. Assistant Professor, Gonzaga Law School.
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.
Paul Lawrence - Seattle. Attorney, Pacifica Law Group.
Noel Nightingale – Seattle. Civil Rights Attorney.
Yvonne Sanchez – Seattle. Comrade.
David Whedbee – Seattle. Attorney, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless.
Jesse Wing – Seattle. Civil Rights Attorney, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless.