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Staff Changes At the ACLU of Utah

AmyOConnorAmy O’Connor, Development Director

Amy joined our staff in April as development director with more than 25 years of nonprofit experience.  After earning a master’s degree in biology from the University of Utah, she directed the membership growth and outreach of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance from 1988 to 1996. She started her own consulting business and served hundreds of non-profits as an organization development consultant through 2013. We are delighted to have Amy join our staff with her wealth of professional experience and passion for a more just society.

AEB-PolicyAdvocateAnna Brower, Public Policy Advocate

Anna has been with the ACLU of Utah since 2007. Prior to her recent transition to this policy role, she served as our development director for six years. Before joining the ACLU, Anna worked extensively in the non-profit and public sectors in Denver, Colo. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Denver, and will complete the University of Utah’s Executive MPA program in August 2014. Her focus includes the prison relocation, the state’s system-wide review of criminal justice practices, advocating for female prisoners, and pushing for reforms to the use of solitary confinement in Utah.

KathyKathy Abarca, Racial Justice Project Associate

Kathy first joined the staff as an intern in the fall of 2013. She quickly exhibited her excellent research, writing and organizing skills, and was offered a part time Program Assistant position in January 2014. While working for us she received her dual Bachelor degrees in Sociology and Justice Studies from Westminster College in June. We are excited that she will continue to work with the ACLU of Utah as a Racial Justice Project Associate. Some of her focus will include the School-To-Prison-Pipeline, Racially Just Utah, criminal justice reinvestment, and criminal justice reform.