The New York Civil Liberties Union is run by a board of thirty-nine directors and a statewide staff. 

NYCLU Officers

Olivier Sylvain, President
New York, NY
Professor, Fordham Law School

Olivier is a Professor of Law at Fordham University. His research is in communications law and policy. His most recent popular writing, scholarship, and public speaking engagements are on liability under the Communications Decency Act and the social impacts of artificial intelligence. A few months ago, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded him a grant to support this work. He is a principal investigator, along with a team of telecommunications network engineers and social scientists, in an interdisciplinary National Science Foundation grant project that is prototyping a communityadministered computing network in West Harlem.

Olivier teaches Legislation & Regulation, Administrative Law, Information Law, and U.S. Data Protection Law & Privacy, and information law related courses. At Fordham, he also is the Director of the McGannon Center for Communications Research, the incoming Academic Director of the Center for Law and Information Policy, and a research affiliate at the Center on Race, Law, and Justice. Before entering academia, Olivier was a Karpatkin Fellow in the National Legal Office of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York City and a litigation associate at Jenner & Block, LLC, in Washington, D.C. He is on the Executive Committee of the board of directors for the New York affiliate of the ACLU and the Academic Advisory Board for the Open Markets Institute. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, he taught a class on modern American literature for local incarcerated men.

Olivier's parents immigrated to New York City from Haiti over fifty years ago. He was born and raised in the City and Westchester. He earned his B.A. from Williams College, J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and Ph.D from Columbia University. He is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia. He and his family live in Harlem. He is an avid music lover and soccer fan.

Wendy Stryker - Vice President
New York, NY
Attorney, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Ronald J. Tabak - Secretary
New York, NY
Attorney, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

Geneviève Wachtell - Treasurer
New York, NY
General Counsel, AltSchool

Tracy Givens-Hunter – Equity & Inclusion Officer
Newburgh, NY
Directory Navigator Program/Public Policy and Education Fund of NY

Board of Directors

Eva-Maria Anthony
New York, NY
Senior Fiduciary Specialist, BNY Mellon NA

Deborah Archer
New York, NY
Associate Professor of Clinical Law, NYU Co-Faculty Director, Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law, NYU Director, Civil Rights Clinic, NYU

Mayo Bartlett
White Plains, NY
Principal Attorney, Law Offices of Mayo Bartlett, PLLC

Wesley Caines
Bronx, NY
Chief of Staff, The Bronx Defenders

Renee Campbell
Brooklyn, NY
Vice President, Community & Consumer Banking, JPMorgan Chase

John D. Cirrin
Albany, NY
Public Information Officer, Albany Public Library (Retired)

Douglas Cuthbertson
New York, NY
Attorney, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Julie B. Ehrlich
New York, NY
Chief of Staff, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Brooke Ellison, PhD
Stony Brook, NY
Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University

Kevin Finnegan
New York, NY

Stephanie Fox
New York, NY
Teacher, Neighborhood Charter School Bronx

Mary Hedahl
New York, NY
Development Consultant

Anne F. Keenan
Brooklyn, NY
Head of Strategy, Purpose

Julie Kowitz Margolies
New York, NY
Attorney & Principal, Kowitz Margolies Mediation LLC

Mayur Lakhani
New York, NY
Partner & Portfolio Manager, Tricadia Capital Management

Edwin J. Lopez-Soto
Rochester, NY
Attorney, Faculty at Cornell University ILR School

Terry McGovern, J.D.
New York, NY
Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn Professor and Chair, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Carlin Meyer
Palenville, NY
Professor Emeritus & Arbitrator, New York Law School

Elizabeth Nicolas
Rochester, NY
Workers’ Rights Attorney, Empire Justice Center

Rachel Noerdlinger
New York, NY
Communications and Public Affairs Consultant

Arjun Patel
New York, NY
Partner, PwC Advisory

Arlene R. Popkin
Elmsford, NY
Civil libertarian and attorney (Retired)

Bruce Popper
Rochester, NY
Vice President, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

Insha Rahman
New York, NY
Senior Planner, Vera Institute of Justice

Claudia Salomon
New York, NY
Latham & Watkins, Partner

Nabiha Syed
Brooklyn, NY
President, The Markup

M.D. (Lita) Taracido
Tuckahoe, NY
Attorney, Retired

Rebecca Town
Buffalo, NY
Attorney, Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo

V. Simpson Turner
Brooklyn, NY
Pastor, Mt Carmel Baptist Church
Chaplain, Fire Department of New York

Paul Washington
Brooklyn, NY
Past President, Vulcan Society/FDNY

Keisha Williams
Buffalo, NY
Deputy Executive Director, Western New York Law Center

Robin Willner
New York, NY
Consultant, Non-Profit and Education Organizations

Ellen Yaroshefsky
New York, NY
Freedman Institute, Maurice A Deane School of Law, Hofstra University