The Next Generation Society is a membership group for emerging leaders and professionals who are committed to supporting the work of the ACLU.

Members of The ACLU Next Generation Society bring an infusion of energy to the organization, different professional and social networks, and most importantly, their passion for protecting civil liberties for the coming generations.

Members make a minimum annual commitment of $125, which helps fund our cutting edge work to end mass incarceration, legalize marijuana, defend reproductive freedom, protect privacy in the digital age, and more.

As a member, you gain access to:

  • dynamic and engaging events
  • insider communication about the ACLU of Illinois’ work
  • discounted tickets to social events
  • national ACLU membership

Our Next Generation members demonstrate their commitment to the enduring values embodied in the Constitution and civil rights laws through their support of The Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU, the fundraising arm of the ACLU of Illinois.

Join The Next Generation Society of ACLU of Illinois today!

For more information about the Next Generation Society or the Next Generation Board, please contact Emmalee Scott at, or 312-201-9740 x317.

Executive Board

Nida Shakir Ghaffar - Attorney, Husch Blackwell LLP

Robert Middleton - Associate, Schiff Hardin LLP
Vice President

Aaron Barlow - Senior Software Engineer, PhenixP2P Inc.

Victoria Pool - Assistant General Counsel, Gogo Inc.
Events Co-Chair

Zack Brown - Principal, Millman, Inc.
Events Co-Chair

Laurence Tooth - Associate, Litchfield Cavo
Membership Co-Chair

Adam Bottner - Director of Legal Solutions, Epiq
Membership Co-Chair

Carter Harms - Director of Legislative Affairs, Illinois Department of Human Rights
Organizational Liaison

Daniel Weyl - Regional Grants Officer, The Rotary Foundation
Organizational Liaison

Amelia Chen - Portfolio Associate, Techstars
Technology Officer


Ari Afsar - Actor and Performer, Former Cast Member, Hamilton Chicago
Zee Alsayag - Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young
Kelly Cervantes - Nonprofit Consultant
Michelle Engleman - Mid-Market Account Executive, Learning Solutions, LinkedIn
Sarah Futernick - Associate Attorney, Jenner and Block LLP
Huge Galdones - Owner, Galdones Photography
Chris Gerardi - Associate Attorney, Schiff Hardin LLP
Daniel Goff - Head of Policy, Kodiak Robotics
Laura Haning - Entrepreneur
Tiffany Harper - First Deputy Treasurer and Chief of Staff, City of Chicago
Barry Horwitz - Shareholder, Greenberg, Traurig LLP
Ashley Hurley - Docket Clerk, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
Jake Kanyusik - Associate Attorney, Kriezelman, Burton & Associates 
Roxana Kayvani - Director of Sales at Food Evolution and Founder and Owner of Roxana's Kitchen
Louis Klapp - Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila
Scott Lerner - Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Scarleth Lever - Director of Diversity Policy, Chicago Housing Authority
Eli Litoff - Associate, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
Maggie Michelson - Phyisican, Northshore Health System
Alex Moss - Engineer, Google
Nidhi Narielwala - Associate Attorney, Baker & McKenzie
Elisa Olivieri - Associate, Cornerstone Research
Markena Peavy - Compliance Consultant, USAA
Max Rothstein - Economic Analyst, M1 Finance
Kyle Shires - Associate, Sidley Austin LLP
Harleen Singh - Corporate Relations/Events Officer, Shriver
Kevin Conroy Smith - Co-Founder, The Number Project
Claire Swisher
Ellen Toobin - MBA Candidate, Washington University in St. Louis
Jason Vincent - Chef, Giant Restaurant
Kevin Waklatsi - Associate, Winston & Strawn
Sarah Weiss - Partner at Jenner & Block LLP
Dylan Yurgionas - Software Engineer, Google