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Susan Mizner

Director Emeritus

ACLU Disability Rights Program


Susan Mizner is Director Emeritus with the ACLU’s Disability Rights Program, after stepping down as Director in 2024. Ms. Mizner founded the Disability Rights Program in 2012, and for more than a decade the program has litigated cases, introduced and supported legislation, and coordinated with national and state ACLU offices on disability rights litigation and policy.

Prior to joining the ACLU, Ms. Mizner served for nine years as Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office on Disability, directing the City’s ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan and working with the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, community organizations, and local citizens on disability rights issues. Ms. Mizner also worked for seven years as the coordinating attorney for the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Poverty and Disability Rights Project. After law school, Ms. Mizner received an Echoing Green Fellowship to advocate for homeless people with disabilities. She obtained her B.A. in Chemical Engineering and English from Yale University and her J.D. from Stanford University.