Founded in 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the nation’s premier defender of civil rights and civil liberties. As a membership organization, ACLU takes democracy seriously – both protecting our nation’s democratic form of governance and living its own democratic organizational governance process. ACLU is comprised of a national office and more than fifty local affiliates, each in turn consisting of two corporations, a 501c3 and a 501c4. While most affiliates are statewide in scope, California has three geographically defined affiliates: Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego/Imperial Counties. Collectively, ACLU has four million members, 300 staff attorneys, and more than 2,000 volunteer attorneys, along with hundreds of community organizers, communications experts, and administrative and support staff spread around the nation.
“The La Piana team has expertly guided us through a complex restructuring and organizational change process. They continue to provide on-point advice and practical support to our senior management and board leadership to see through implementation. They are rigorous, responsive, professional, and an absolute pleasure to work with. I recommend La Piana often and enthusiastically to other organizations.”
– Abdi Soltani, Executive Director ACLU of Northern California