ACLU of Montana names Deernose new executive director

The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana announced Monday that Akilah Maya Deernose will be its next executive director, beginning Sept. 4.

Akilah Deernose

ACLU of Montana

She will replace Caitlin Borgmann, who stepped down as executive director in February after serving in that capacity since 2015. ACLU of Montana officials said they conducted a nationwide search. The ACLU of Montana is a civil rights and civil liberties organization and is an affiliate of the national ACLU.

Currently the ACLU’s senior staff attorney, Deernose will be the first Black woman, and first person who identifies as LGBTQ2S, to lead the organization in its 51-year history.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have a leader with Akilah’s passion, vision, intelligence, and commitment to equity for all inside the organization and throughout the state taking the helm of the ACLU of Montana,” Paul McKean, president of the ACLU of Montana board of directors, said in a news release.

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