English, political science, social work, law—ACLU of Ohio staff members have followed a variety of education and career paths. But all of us share a commitment to equality, a respect for diversity, and a willingness to go above and beyond to get the job done.
The Ohio ACLU is an inspiring and dynamic place to work—the ideal environment to build a career in social justice.
We are an activist, hard-working team involved in the life of the community.
The ACLU of Ohio has been recognized by YNPN (Young Nonprofit Professionals Network) Cleveland and the National Association of Social Workers – Ohio Chapter for its efforts to provide meaningful career opportunities for staff members.
Making a Difference
It is cathartic to work for the ACLU of Ohio because our mission is so much bigger than us, bigger than one person, especially now. We don’t work to enrich one person’s life. We work to ensure that marginalized communities have a fair shot. Every single one of us here, in every department, works to further our mission in a multitude of ways. Knowing that we are making a difference in some way makes us all stronger.
Ann Ruege, Development Manager
It’s refreshing to work for an organization that works hand in hand with local communities. The ACLU of Ohio encourages staff to connect with individuals and partner organizations to spread our mission, and this sense of inclusive advocacy is rare to find in the work place.
Celina Coming, Communications Associate
Skills-Building Across the Organization
I feel so lucky to have been able to start my career with the ACLU of Ohio—an organization that has supported my professional growth and helped build my legal, policy, development, and administrative skills. Over the past few years, the ACLU has enabled me to not only work in a variety of different policy areas, from criminal justice to voting rights, but also across various departments of the organization.
Jocelyn Rosnick, Assistant Policy Director
Teamwork is fundamental to progressive social change. Collaboration, intersectionality, and integrated advocacy are vital to our work. Everyone here works towards the common purpose of a brighter future. In a mission-driven organization where the goal is a better world for all Americans, ego is secondary.
James Kosmatka, Executive Associate
Living My Values
I try to live my life in a way that reflects my values and beliefs, and I think about the implications of how my resources are allocated. The biggest resource that I have is my time. Working with the ACLU allows me to spend my working hours in the advancement of civil liberties and racial justice, and towards the promise of equity for all. I can think of no better way to defend freedom in Ohio and across this country.
Jeff Miller, Technology Director
Interning at the ACLU of Ohio has been an incredible learning experience! I’m given concrete opportunities and real responsibilities to work on social justice campaigns that really matter to me, from LGBT rights to criminal justice reform. The ACLU of Ohio takes their role in your educational experience very seriously – creating a truly rewarding and educational internship opportunity.
Avery Martens, Intern
The ACLU of Ohio has been an incredible place to start my career and build my skill set. This is the perfect environment to learn how effective advocacy happens. I have opportunities here to challenge myself and build my professional capacity and networks.”
Steve David, Program Associate
Equity and Inclusion
I’m proud to work for an organization that prioritizes equity, inclusion, and justice—not only in our communities, but also within our offices. Each staff member’s uniqueness is celebrated and woven into the fabric of what we do and who we are in our professional lives.
Mike Brickner, Senior Policy Director
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