Employee Spotlight: Ann Ruege



Get to know the ACLU of Ohio team by checking out our Employee of the Week blogs! You may know that Ann is a vegetarian, trivia enthusiast, and lover of all things Columbus, but today we found out some new fun facts! Read on for more information.


  • Q: What is your full name?
  • A: Ann Ruege
  • Q: What pronouns do you use?
  • A: She/her/hers
  • Q: What is your title and which department do you work in?
  • A: Development Officer- Development Department
  • Q: Did you have any past positions at the ACLU of Ohio?
  • A: I began as Development Manager and recently transitioned to the new role of Development Officer.
  • Q: Which office do you work in?
  • A: Columbus!
  • Q: When did you start working at the ACLU of Ohio?
  • A: September 2016
  • Q: What projects are you currently working on?
  • A: Right now we’re working on department expansion and are searching for a Development Associate to join the team. That position will be based in the Columbus office, so I’ll be doing a lot of the training and on-boarding once we hire someone! I’m also collaborating on our civil liberties snapshot which should be published next month, keep a look out! Lastly, I’m developing some upcoming events to increase engagement within the Columbus community.
  • Q: What issue area are you most passionate about?
  • A: Reproductive rights. As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must realize that Ohio still treats abortion as a crime, and that reproductive justice affect more than just cis -women. Those of us who advocate for these rights need to continue to push the boundaries of what it means to truly have bodily autonomy.
  • Q: What is your favorite ACLU memory?
  • A: Being a guest speaker at the 2018 Columbus Women’s March. It was such an empowering moment – the energy was truly palpable. I was inspired that thousands of Columbus residents (men, women, and children alike) came out to celebrate the anniversary of the Inaugural Women’s March.
  • Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
  • A: I would love to see the temples in the Siem Reap Province of Cambodia. I love to travel and this is an area of the world I have been wanting to visit for a long time.
  • Q: Where do you get your news?
  • A: NPR, The Washington Post, ProPublica, and The Intercept
  • Q: What is the last movie you saw in the theaters?
  • A: Phantom Thread
  • Q: What TV show would you say is the best of all time?
  • A: Star Trek the Next Generation. I watched when it originally aired and now I’m re-watching!
  • Q: What are you most excited about in 2018? Work, otherwise, or both!
  • A: Voting in the midterm elections, watching my dog Addie turn 14, and continuing the fight against systemic discrimination.



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