The Next Generation Society of the ACLU is a vibrant and diverse membership group for activists, professionals, artists, emerging leaders, and engaged citizens committed to supporting the essential work of the ACLU and safeguarding civil liberties for future generations.

Founded in Chicago in 2015, the Next Generation Society of the ACLU focuses on engaging the “next generation” of ACLU supporters in ways that reflect modern and contemporary needs. ACLU Next Gen members infuse the work of the ACLU with new energy, bring diverse professional and social networks into the ACLU family, and most importantly, are passionate about protecting civil liberties for all people.

Through book clubs, happy hours, celebrity chef dinners, fundraisers, and educational panels, ACLU Next Generation Society members gather and work together to learn about, support, and advance the important work of the ACLU. Members also get opportunities to use their expertise and resources to work directly with ACLU staff on important initiatives. In the past, for example, members have served as cooperating pro bono attorneys and issue experts, helped with design and filmmaking projects, and have facilitated partnerships with community organizations.

The ACLU asks Next Generation Society members to make a minimum annual contribution of $125 (fully tax-deductible), all of which goes towards funding the ACLU’s cutting-edge work on reproductive freedom, voting, immigration, police reform, privacy, First Amendment issues, and more. Thanks to the commitment of ACLU Next Generation members, the Next Generation Society of the ACLU fully funds an ACLU staff attorney position each year - the Next Generation Society Staff Attorney, which was named in 2021. The Next Generation Society is committed to supporting the essential work of the ACLU and safeguarding civil liberties for future generations, and this named position honors the Society’s dedication to the ACLU of Illinois.

In addition to all of the above, ACLU Next Generation members receive a range of benefits, which include:

  • An invitation to an exclusive annual Next Generation Society of the ACLU event for you and a friend
  • Regular updates on important ACLU activities, opportunities, and events
  • Insider access to ACLU events, including ACLU Town Halls, speaking engagements, and other programs
  • Networking opportunities with other ACLU Next Generation Society members, ACLU staff and the ACLU Board
  • A Next Generation Society of the ACLU membership card

As we commemorate the centennial anniversary of the ACLU and the five-year anniversary of the society, we hope you will Join The Next Generation Society of ACLU of Illinois today!

Questions? Contact us at The Next Generation Society of the ACLU is open to all who are passionate about defending our civil liberties and preserving our democracy. If the cost of $125 is a barrier to you please reach out for a sponsored membership.

Executive Board

Nida Shakir Ghaffar - Attorney, Husch Blackwell LLP

Ashley Hurley - Legal Administrative Assistant, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
Co-Vice President

Aaron Salamonson - SRE Manager, Collective Health
Co-Vice President

Matea Varvodic - Senior Director of External Affairs, OneGoal

Zee Alsayag - IAM Senior Consultant, Omada A/S
Technology Officer

Nidhi Narielwala - Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Technology Officer

Mike Bittner - Media and Communications Manager, American Health Information Management Association
Events Co-Chair

Deena Prescavage - Development Manager, Habitat for Humanity Chicago
Events Co-Chair

Carter Harms - Legislative Associate for the Office of Governor JB Pritzker
Membership Chair

Paul Jones - Staff Attorney, Illinois Justice Project
Community Liaison

Markena Peavy - Senior Counsel, BMO Financial Group 
Community Liaison


Ari Afsar - Actor and Performer, Former Cast Member of Hamilton Chicago
Amelia Bailey - Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Laura Bohorquez - Health Justice Manager, Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project
Adam Bottner - Director of Legal Solutions, Epiq 
Zack Brown - Supervisory Financial Analyst, U.S. Department of the Treasury 
Kelly Cervantes - Nonprofit Consultant
Michelle Engleman 
Sarah Futernick - Associate Attorney, Jenner and Block LLP
Huge Galdones - Owner, Galdones Photography
Daniel Goff - Head of Policy, Kodiak Robotics
Laura Haning - Self-employed/Investor
Jesse Johnson - Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, American Immigration Council
Roxana Kayvani - Director of Sales at Leprino Foods and Founder and Owner of Roxana's Kitchen
Scott Lerner - Deputy General Counsel, Office of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker
Scarleth Lever - Senior Director Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at King County Housing Authority
Eli Litoff - Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
Jaylin McClinton - 3L at Chicago-Kent, 3L Law Clerk at DiCello Levitt Gutzler
Maggie Michelson - Pediatric Neurologist, Northshore University Health System
Robert Middleton - Associate, ArentFox Schiff
Amanda Morgan - Senior Marketing Analyst, PepsiCo-Gatorade
Alexandra Newman - Associate Counsel, Grant Thornton LLP
Victoria Pool - Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Ford Motor Company 
Trevor Rogers - Assistant State’s Attorney, State’s Attorney’s Office
Sam Rose - Litigation Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Greg Schweizer - Litigation Associate , Eimer Stahl
Kyle Shires - Vice President and Senior Counsel, Guaranteed Rate
Conrad Shreiner - Business Staff Consultant, EY
Ellen Toobin - Management Consultant, Slalom
Laurence Tooth - Associate, Litchfield Cavo 
Matea Varvodic - Senior Director of External Affairs, OneGoal
Jason Vincent - Chef, Giant Restaurant
Kevin Waklatsi - Associate, Winston & Strawn
Miriam Wayne - Associate, Jenner & Block LLP
Daniel Weyl - Principal and Co-Founder, Four Corners Global Consulting Group, LLC 
Dylan Yurgionas - Software Engineer, Google