Anthony D. Romero

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer at American Civil Liberties Union, Inc.

Anthony D. Romero

Anthony D. Romero

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer at American Civil Liberties Union, Inc.

Biography

Anthony D. Romero, JD

* Board Member
* ACLU

Anthony D. Romero is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He took the helm of the organization just seven days before the September 11, 2001 attacks, and subsequently led the ACLU in its campaigns to protect basic freedoms during a time of crisis, as well as its joint project to assist the under-resourced military defense lawyers in the Guantánamo military commissions.

An attorney with a history of public-interest activism, Romero has expanded the ACLU’s nationwide litigation, lobbying, and public education efforts, including new initiatives focused on human rights, racial justice, religious freedom, technology and privacy, reproductive freedom, criminal law reform, and LGBT rights.

Romero is the first Latino and openly gay man to serve as executive director at the ACLU. In 2005, Romero was named one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Hispanics in America, and has received dozens of public service awards and an honorary doctorate from the City University of New York School of Law. Before joining the ACLU, Romero was the Ford Foundation’s director of human rights and international cooperation.

Born in New York City to parents who hailed from Puerto Rico, Romero was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He holds a JD from Stanford University Law School and a BA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs. He is a member of the New York Bar Association and has sat on numerous nonprofit boards.

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Career Highlights

American Civil Liberties Union, Inc.
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

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473

Number of Boards

4

Birthday

07/09/1965 - New York City, NY

Age

53

Number of Awards

12

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Executive Director at Physicians for Human Rights

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President at American Civil Liberties Union, Inc.

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Director-Emeritus at Physicians for Human Rights

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Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California at American Civil Liberties Union, Inc.

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Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel at American Civil Liberties Union, Inc.

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Chief Development Officer at American Civil Liberties Union, Inc.

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Professor of Law at New York Law School

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Former General Counsel at American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

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Director, Washington Legislative Office at American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

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Director, Affiliate Support & Advocacy at American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

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Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer at American Civil Liberties Union, Inc.
Education
Graduate
Class of 1987

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs is a professional public policy school at Princeton University. The school has granted undergraduate A.B. degrees since 1930 and graduate degrees since 1948. The School of Public and International Affairs, as it was originally named, was founded at Princeton in 1930, created in the spirit of Woodrow Wilson's interest in preparing students for leadership in public and international affairs.

JD

Stanford began offering a curriculum in legal studies in 1893, when the university engaged its first two law professors. One was Benjamin Harrison, former President of the United States, who delivered a landmark series of lectures on the Constitution. The other was Nathan Abbott, who served as head of the nascent law program. Abbott assembled a small faculty to which he imparted a standard of rigor and excellence that endures to this day.In an effort to acknowledge the emerging professional nature of the department, Stanford's Board of Trustees passed a resolution in 1908 to substitute the term 'law school' for 'law department,' though technically the law program remained a department within the university.The law school was at the forefront of efforts to institute the California Bar exam, which was added to the requirements to practice law in California in 1919. The law school was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1923, the year the ABA began certifying law schools.

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Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Memberships
Member
Current

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Career History
Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer
Current

PRESERVATION AND PROMOTION OF CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer
Current

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Inc. funds litigation and public education work. The company was founded by Roger Baldwin, Crystal Eastman, and Albert DeSilver in 1920 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Boards & Committees
Member, Executive Committee
Prior

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals.

Director
Tenure Unconfirmed

The mission of the American Asthma Foundation (AAF) is to raise funds to be invested in the prevention and treatment of asthma, and ultimately to find a cure through research, education and advocacy.

Political Donations
$500
2010

Representative from Alabama's 7th Congressional District

Awards & Honors
2017
NonProfit Times - Power and Influence Top 50
2013
NonProfit Times - Power and Influence Top 50
2012
Hispanic Business - 50 Influentials
Creative Works
Author
2007

In Defense of Our America: The Fight for Civil Liberties in the Age of Terror

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