Jeffrey Mittman, became the executive director in May 2013. He was most recently the executive director of the ACLU affiliate in Alaska. From 2006-2008, Jeffrey served as the deputy national field director for ACLU’s legislative office in D.C. In 2005, he was the USA PATRIOT Act and post 9/11 campaign coordinator for the ACLU of Northern California, where he had previously volunteered as a board member and chapter chair.
With an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Yale University, Jeffrey earned a juris doctorate from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, where he was Symposium Editor for the “Constitutional Law Quarterly.” He served a four-year stint in the U. S. Army, ending as an airborne and ranger qualified infantry first lieutenant in Kirchgoens, Germany.
As an attorney in private law practice for several years, Jeffrey specialized in litigation, including criminal defense and employment discrimination matters. He did advocacy organizing for Equality California, and has volunteered on electoral campaigns.
Jeffrey was drawn to the ACLU-MO for many reasons, including the opportunity for expansion. “All the pieces for tremendous growth and even greater impact are in place with an ensemble of passionate professionals, successful programs and an impressive history of legal victories,” he said. “The goals for our team will be to engage our members and activists, inspire our donors and build on our strengths, so that the affiliate will always be ready and able to protect the civil liberties of Missourians far into the future.”