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ACLU Maryland appoints new executive director

Dana Vickers Shelley will be the first African American woman to lead the ACLU of Maryland, which is headquartered in Baltimore.
Dana Vickers Shelley will be the first African American woman to lead the ACLU of Maryland, which is headquartered in Baltimore. (Screenshot)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has found a new executive director in Morgan State lecturer and consultant Dana Vickers Shelley.

Shelley will be the first African-American woman to lead the ACLU of Maryland, which is headquartered in Baltimore. She is only the fourth executive director in the organization’s history, according to spokeswoman Meredith Curtis Goode. Shelley will begin her new role June 11, succeeding Susan Goering, who retired this year after 33 years with the organization.

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"We are proud to welcome Dana Vickers Shelley as the new executive director of the ACLU of Maryland at a time of both rampant rights violations and great opportunity to create deep and lasting change," said Coleman Bazelon, board president.

Shelley has previously worked as a consultant with the NAACP and Democratic National Committee, and on a multitude of projects to address racial inequality in Baltimore.

She is on the faculty of Morgan State University's School of Global Journalism and Communication. Shelley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a Master of Public Administration degree from American University's Key Executive Leadership Program.

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