ATLANTA – Civil rights activist and Georgia native Andrea Young is the new executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, taking the helm of the statewide affiliate of the ACLU as of Jan. 1.
“As a lifelong civil rights activist and proud Georgia native, I am deeply honored to lead the ACLU of Georgia at this important time,” said Young. “From protecting the right to vote and women’s reproductive freedom to defending the rights of LGBT Georgians and standing with our immigrant neighbors, the work of the ACLU is more important than ever before.”
Young is an attorney, activist and author who has devoted her career to defending and extending civil and human rights.
Most recently an adjunct professor at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, Young served for many years as the executive director of the Andrew J. Young Foundation where she worked to preserve and advance the legacy of her father – a former Atlanta mayor, civil rights leader, U.S. congressman and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Young also has worked as a legislative assistant to Sen. Edward Kennedy and as chief of staff for the first woman to represent Georgia in Congress, Rep. Cynthia McKinney.
She holds degrees from the Georgetown University Law Center and Swarthmore College.