Deputy National Political Director and Director of Campaign for Smart Justice,
Udi Ofer is Deputy National Political Director of the ACLU and the Director of the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice, which is dedicated to ending mass incarceration in the United States by cutting the jail and prison populations by 50 percent and addressing racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
Mr. Ofer brings more than 15 years of experience as a civil rights lawyer to the ACLU. From 2003-2013, he worked at the New York Civil Liberties Union, where he founded the Advocacy Department. There he challenged the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices and spearheaded the effort to pass legislation banning racial profiling by the NYPD and creating an NYPD Inspector General’s office. From 2013-2016, he served as Executive Director of the ACLU of New Jersey. Under his leadership the organization achieved historic victories on a variety of criminal justice reform issues, including overhauling New Jersey’s broken bail system, creating one of the nation’s strongest police civilian review boards in Newark, banning the use of solitary confinement as punishment of juveniles, and launching a bipartisan campaign to tax and regulate marijuana for adults.
Ofer began his legal career in 2001 as a Skadden Fellow at My Sisters’ Place, a domestic violence organization. He was an adjunct professor at New York Law School from 2009-2012, and has published widely on criminal justice reform issues in journals including the Seton Hall Law Review, New York Law School Law Review, and the Columbia Law School Journal of Race and Law. Ofer is a recipient of numerous awards, including from the Open Society Foundations and the New York City Council. He is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law and the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 2007, Fordham Law School’s Stein Scholars Program presented Ofer with its Distinguished Graduate Award.