Kary L. Moss has served as the Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan since 1998. She earned a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a JD from CUNY Law School at Queen’s College. Prior to joining the ACLU of Michigan, she clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then served as staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project which was founded by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Since joining the staff, Moss has spearheaded tremendous growth in the organization. In addition to leading two effective capital and operating campaigns, the organization’s programs have included many high impact, important civil rights cases including the country’s first challenge to the government’s effort to close immigration court hearings to the public, warrantless wiretapping by the National Security Administration and the first-of-its-kind “right to read” lawsuit holding the state accountable for dismal literacy scores in a Detroit-area school district. She has served as the Chair of the ACLU’s Executive Director Council, representing all state directors in the ACLU and is a member of the Detroit News Editorial Page Advisory Board.