Deborah Archer Turns into First Black President The ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced that its National Board has elected Deborah Archer as its new president. Archer becomes the first black woman to lead the organization’s 69-person board.

Congratulations to Deborah Archer, newly elected President of the ACLU National Board!

– the ACLU (@ACLU) February 1, 2021

Archer replaces Susan Herman, who resigned after leading the organization’s board through various movements and turning points for 12 years, including the Trump administration and the rise of civil liberties and privacy concerns in the digital age.

“After starting my career as an ACLU Fellow, it is an honor to come full circle and now lead the organization as Chairman of the Board,” said Archer in a written statement. “The ACLU has proven to be an invaluable voice in the struggle for civil rights over the last four years of the Trump era, and we are better positioned than ever to face the work ahead. This organization has been part of every major civil liberties struggle in our first century, and we are determined to continue that legacy as we step into our second. I couldn’t be more excited about going to work. “

“As the country enters the post-Trump era, it is important that executives fully understand the story that led us to this turning point and the work ahead,” said Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the ACLU. “There is no one better equipped and who best embodies or controls the future struggles for civil rights, civil liberties and systemic equality better than Deborah Archer.”

Archer has been a member of the ACLU Board of Directors since 2009 and General Counsel and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors since 2017. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

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