Our Staff

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David McGuire
Executive Director

david-80David J. McGuire joined the ACLU-CT in 2007. His primary areas of legal interest are prisoner rights, digital privacy and free speech issues. He has also taken a leading role in pressing for police accountability legislation and was instrumental in passing laws to reform police complaint procedures, police use of Tasers, and cellphone privacy. 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.

Dan Barrett
Legal Director

Dan Barrett is the ACLU-CT’s legal director. His interests in the law include freedom of movement, mass surveillance, and maximizing democratic control of government through open courts and open records. Prior to coming to the ACLU of Connecticut, Dan directed the litigation at the ACLU of Vermont for seven years after clerking for the Hon. Janet Bond Arterton of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Laura Brownstein
Development Director

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Laura Brownstein is the development director of the ACLU-CT. Her primary responsibilities include donor engagement, major gift fundraising strategy and implementation, and connecting supporters to the critical work of protecting and expanding individual freedoms and equality in Connecticut. Laura received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Southern Connecticut State University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Prior to joining the ACLU-CT, Laura worked in development for The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut, Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County, and Planned Parenthood in New Haven, Connecticut. A lifelong Connecticut resident, Laura is deeply committed to the ACLU-CT’s mission.


Téylor Davis

Executive Assistant

Téylor website photoDavis joined the ACLU-CT in 2015, where her primary responsibilities include managing office operations and ensuring smooth administration. Téylor received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and completed coursework in the paralegal certification program through the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining the ACLU-CT, Téylor worked in administrative and project management roles with Capital One Financial, Estée Lauder, and FedEx Office, and she served as Treasurer of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation’s Young Leadership Board. In addition to possessing a keen eye for detail, Téylor is a dedicated advocate for civil liberties and justice for all, particularly in the fields of racial justice and women’s rights.

Melvin Medina
Advocacy and Outreach Director

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Melvin J. Medina serves as advocacy & outreach director of the ACLU-CT. His primary responsibility is to lead the organization’s efforts to create and maintain community engagement through education, member attainment and general outreach. In addition, he is also tasked with seeking and deepening partnerships with local community leaders and organizations in order to advance the ACLU-CT’s mission in the state. Since joining the ACLU-CT in January of 2014, he has also been involved in the organization’s day-to-day operations, programming and communications. A proud member of Waterbury’s Puerto Rican community, Melvin is passionate and knowledgeable about the issues that affect disadvantaged communities in the state. Also a proud Husky, Melvin holds a B.A. degree in history from the University of Connecticut, where he received the New England Scholar award for academic excellence. He is currently working towards an M.A. degree in International Studies and a graduate certificate in Human Rights from the University of Connecticut. His academic writings focus on the intersection of human rights and virtual spaces.

Grace Sinnott
Paralegal

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Grace Sinnott joined the ACLU-CT in 2016, where her responsibilities include coordinating the busy legal department’s correspondence and court filings and assisting attorneys with legal research. Prior to joining the ACLU-CT staff, Grace volunteered with the organization by participating community outreach, lobbying, and public protests, and she worked as a paralegal for a local law firm. Her legal interests include the separation of church and state, women’s rights, and racial justice, and she is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in paralegal studies from the University of Hartford.

Meghan Smith
Communications Director

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Meghan Smith is the ACLU-CT’s communications director. Her primary responsibilities include managing media relations and communications strategies and developing content that advocates for protecting and expanding individual freedoms and equality. Meghan received her bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. Prior to joining the ACLU-CT, Meghan worked for Catholics for Choice and the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts. A proud northeastern Connecticut native, Meghan has also served on the Board of Trustees of the AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts.