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 Gen members, the Next Generation Society of the ACLU is able to fully fund an ACLU staff attorney position each year.

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 Lunch 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!

For more information about the ACLU Next Generation Society or the Next Generation Society Board, please contact Liesl Pereira ( If the cost of $125 is a barrier to you please reach out to Liesl for a sponsored membership.

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 - Corporate and Securities Counsel, Ford Motor Company
Events Co-Chair

Zack Brown - Senior Data Fellow, Democracy Works
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
Amelia Bailey - Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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
Barry Horwitz - Shareholder, Greenberg, Traurig LLP
Ashley Hurley - Docket Clerk, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
Jesse Johnson - Department of Justice Fully Accredited Representative and Pro Bono Coordinator
Paul Jones - Staff Attorney at the Illinois Justice Project
Jake Kanyusik - Associate Attorney, Ogletree Deakins
Roxana Kayvani - Director of Sales at Food Evolution and Founder and Owner of Roxana's Kitchen
Scott Lerner - Deputy General Counsel, Office of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker
Scarleth Lever - Director of Diversity Policy, Chicago Housing Authority
Eli Litoff - Associate, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
Maggie Michelson - Phyisican, Northshore Health System
Amanda Morgan - Senior Marketing Analyst at PepsiCo-Gatorade
Alex Moss - Engineer, Google
Nidhi Narielwala - Attorney, Baker & McKenzie
Alexandra Newman - Associate Counsel at Grant Thornton LLP
Elisa Olivieri - Associate, K&L Gates LLP
Markena Peavy - Senior Compliance Manager, BMO Financial Group
Deena Prescavage - Development Manager at Habitat for Humanity
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 - Management Consultant, Slalom
Jason Vincent - Chef, Giant Restaurant
Kevin Waklatsi - Associate, Winston & Strawn
Sarah Weiss - Partner at Jenner & Block LLP
Dylan Yurgionas - Software Engineer, Google