The Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has named Claire Guthrie Gastañaga as its next executive director.
Gastañaga has long been an advocate for the the LGBT community and other progressive groups and causes; in the past decade, she has lobbied for Equality Virginia, the Virginia Coalition for Latino Organizations and the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Alliance. She was also the first woman to serve as Chief Deputy Attorney General of Virginia.
Gastañaga will replace current executive director Kent Willis, who will retain his position until June.
“I am honored and humbled to be chosen by the Board of Directors to lead the ACLU of Virginia at this important time in the history of the Commonwealth,” said Gastañaga. ”Kent Willis and his team have established a remarkable record of securing and protecting the civil liberties of all Virginians over the last twenty-five years. Recent events have made clear that the need for the ACLU to play this signal role has not abated.”