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As chief executive officer of the ACLU of Connecticut and the ACLU Foundation of Connecticut, Andrew Schneider has overall responsibility for management and operation of both organizations. Before serving as the organization’s Executive Director in Connecticut, Schneider was Executive Director of the ACLU of West Virginia for six years. During his tenure there, the affiliate’s membership more than tripled and its budget quintupled in size. In West Virginia, Schneider spearheaded a successful campaign to pass legislation to combat racial profiling and for those efforts, he was honored by the NAACP with the Freedom Award.From 1998 to 2001, Schneider served as the Development Director for the ACLU in Connecticut. His other ACLU credentials include Development Director for the ACLU of New Mexico, Campus Groups Coordinator for the ACLU National Office, Board member of the ACLU of Virginia, and founder and president of the ACLU campus chapter at Washington & Lee University where he earned his B.A. in European History.
Sandy Staub brings more than twenty years of trial experience to her new role as Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. In the early 1990’s, she was Chief of the Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit for the Northwestern District Attorney’s office in Massachusetts.There, Sandy was responsible for trying cases and supervising unit attorneys and advocates, as well as taking a leadership role in creating an interdisciplinary community group organized to maximize available resources to prevent domestic violence. From 1998 until 2004, she practiced law and became a partner at Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas, LLP, the largest law firm in Western Massachusetts. From 2004 until 2010, she was a partner at Allison, Angier and Bartmon, LLP, a small firm in Amherst, Massachusetts. For ten years Sandy volunteered as a Board Member, including as President, for the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition, an agency providing shelter and services to women and children moving from violent homes into stable environments. In addition to many other community activities, Sandy served as a Trustee for Greenfield Community College and as a Distribution Member of the Western Massachusetts Community Foundation. Sandy graduated from Greenfield Community College, Amherst College and Yale Law School.
David J. McGuire joined the ACLU-CT in 2007. McGuire received his B.A. in history from Purdue University in 2003 and graduated cum laude from Western New England College School of Law in 2006. After law school, he clerked for the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court. His primary areas of legal interest are prisoner rights and free speech issues.
Jeremy Shafer has lived in Connecticut for more than 30 years and is a graduate of the Paralegal Associate Degree program at Manchester Community College. He has chosen employment at the ACLU to advocate equality among all people and guard the civil liberties our ancestors bestowed upon us.
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Jeanne Leblanc grew up in Connecticut and upstate New York. Before joining the ACLU staff in 2011, she worked for 25 years in Connecticut media, including 17 years at The Hartford Courant, where she became the online editor. More recently, she was a regional editor for Patch Media. She has also worked as a travel writer and blogger and as a Web contractor and consultant. Jeanne holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Charter Oak State College.
Isa Mujahid joined the ACLU-CT in 2011. His interests include LGBT rights, immigration rights and work against racial profiling and Islamophobia. He has worked as an Army medic, a legal assistant, community organizer and epidemiological investigator.
Ruth Sovronsky joined the ACLU-CT staff in August of 2012, after many years as a successful matrimonial attorney in New York. A new transplant to Connecticut, Ruth’s relocation gave her the chance to redirect her career and fulfill a longstanding passion to work in the field of civil liberties. While in New York, Ruth formed a 501(c)3 scholarship foundation to aid young musicians, and contributed her time to various nonprofit organizations, donating her services as a writer to craft successful grants for the award-winning Classical Theatre of Harlem. Ruth remains devoted to the arts and is an avid photographer, with photographs of theatrical productions published in The New York Times, The Village Voice and Broadway World, among others.