The ACLU of North Carolina (ACLU-NC) is the North Carolina state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU-NC Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) is the 501(c)(3) arm of the ACLU-NC that coordinates and carries out its legal and educational work around civil liberties issues. The North Carolina affiliate of the ACLU was founded in 1965, is based in Raleigh, and has grown to approximately 10,000 members and supporters statewide. Our mission is to preserve and defend the guarantees of individual liberty found in the North Carolina Constitution and the US Constitution, with particular emphasis on freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of religion, equal protection under law for all people, the right to privacy, the right to due process of law, and the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.

The ACLU-NC and its Legal Foundation are governed by all-volunteer Boards of Directors, composed of individuals from many different parts of the state and who work in a variety of professions. Most Board members are elected by the general membership to serve three-year terms and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The Board sets the agenda for the organization and is charged with governance, oversight and securing the resources necessary for the organization to carry out its mission.


Karen Anderson Executive Director


Chris Brook
  Legal Director


Mike Meno
  Communications Director

KevinsHead_1.jpgKevin Eason
Director of Operations

Sarah Gillooly

Sarah Gillooly
Policy Director

Susanna Birdsong
Policy Counsel


Irena Como
Staff Attorney

Cristina Becker

Cristina Becker
Criminal Justice Debt Fellow

Molly Rivera
Communications Associate


Lynne Walter
Reproductive Freedom Fellow

Jessica Turner

Jessica Turner
Faith & Community Engagement Coordinator


Seth Friedman
Director of Philanthropy


Board of Directors*

Jennifer Watson Marsh, President
Leah Hamilton, Vice President (Union)
Bruce Elmore, Vice President (Foundation)
Jennifer Lorenz, Secretary (Union)
Blanca Zendejas Nienhaus, Secretary (Foundation)
Mitchell Price, Treasurer
Malik Edwards, Affirmative Action Officer
Jon Sasser, Legal Committee Chair (Foundation)
Carlos Mahoney, National ACLU Board Representative (Union)
Seth Cohen, General Counsel (Foundation)
Jillian Brevorka, Immediate Past President
Joseph Blocher
Jim Cavener (Union)
Jimmy Creech
Patti Digh
Robert "Hoppy" Elliot
Bill Gechtman
Anne Gordon
Brandy Hagler (Union)
Beth Klein
Anne-Maria B. Makhulu
Martin Maloney (Union)
Ann K. McDowell
Lori Messinger
Manju Rajendran
Dion Ranck (Union)
Taiyyaba Qureshi
J. Wayne Riggins
Theresa Sharpe

*Unless otherwise noted, board members listed above serve on both the ACLU of North Carolina and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation boards.

Career Opportunities


The ACLU-NC has various volunteer chapters throughout the state. We encourage members to get in touch with their nearest chapter for more opportunities. If you are interested in starting a new ACLU-NC chapter, please email Mike Meno at .

NOTE: CHAPTERS CANNOT PROVIDE LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO INDIVIDUALS. If you are seeking legal assistance, please call 919-834-3466 or fill out this online form.

ACLU of Western North Carolina:

ACLU of Charlotte:


LEGAL INTERNS:  The ACLU of North Carolina has a number of legal internship opportunities and welcomes applications from law school students for fall, spring or summer semesters. Although our internships are unpaid, we will accommodate students who would like to receive course credit for their program. All internship positions have project responsibilities as well as administrative duties.  

Those interested in filling a legal/legislative internship should submit a resume, cover letter, school transcripts and a writing sample to Kevin Eason, Director of Operations, at: .

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:   Volunteers make the ACLU's work to protect and extend civil liberties and civil rights possible.  We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available and do our best to match your interests and expertise with our current needs.  Many of our volunteer opportunities extend beyond out office out into communities throughout North Carolina.

Ways you can volunteer include, but are not limited to:

  • Tabling at events
  • Hosting a house party
  • Local organizing
  • Phone banking

If you are interested in volunteering for the ACLU of North Carolina, please contact Kevin Eason, Director of Operations, at: for more information.



Contact the ACLU-NC via e-mail at: .

Please note that we do not accept requests for legal assistance via e-mail. If you are seeking to retain our legal services, please submit a formal intake to our office in Raleigh. Due to the extremely high volume of e-mail we receive, we are not able to guarantee a response to every inquiry, but all formal requests for assistance will receive a response (typically within 4 to 6 weeks).

FOR NEWS MEDIA INQUIRIES ONLY, please contact Communications Director Mike Meno at , 919-834-3466 (office), or 919-348-9623 (cell).