Current ACLU of Massachusetts members who have paid their dues within the past 15 months are eligible to vote for the organization’s Board of Directors.

Rules and Guidelines     

To vote in the 2019 election for ACLU of Massachusetts Board of Directors, please download and print the ballot below.    

Select up to 8 candidates for election to the ACLU of Massachusetts Board of Directors. Each elected representative will serve a three-year term, ending in 2022.

Completed ballots can be mailed to the ACLU of Massachusetts at 211 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110. Ballots must be received by the ACLU of Massachusetts office no later than 12:00 p.m. on June 17, 2019.

If you have questions about voting in the board election, please contact the ACLU of Massachusetts at 617-482-3170.

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Candidates' Statements

The Nominating Committee offers the following slate for election to a three-year term on the ACLU of Massachusetts Board of Directors.


JudyAnn Bigby (first term)

Dr. JudyAnn Bigby is the Executive Director of South Africa Partners. As a practicing physician, public health advocate, and policymaker, Bigby has dedicated her career to advancing healthcare for the most vulnerable populations, particularly the health of minority women and their families. Dr. Bigby is a former senior fellow at Mathematica Policy Research, where she evaluated Medicaid and public health policies and helped states improve the quality of care and outcomes for reproductive-aged women on Medicaid. Appointed by Governor Deval Patrick, she served as Massachusetts’ Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2007 through January 2013. Prior to her appointment as Secretary, she served as the Director of Community Health Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as the Director of the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School.

Appointed by President Barack Obama in 2011, she served on the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health, a committee established in the Affordable Care Act. She is a trustee of Wellesley College, and serves on the boards of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and Share Our Strength.

She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Medical School.


Lael Elizabeth Hiam Chester (second term)

Lael Elizabeth Hiam Chester is an attorney who has focused her career on juvenile, criminal and civil rights law and policy. After graduating from Barnard College and Harvard Law School, she was the Albert Martin Sacks Clinical Fellow at the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard and then joined the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. For 12 years, she served as Executive Director of Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ), a statewide nonprofit dedicated to improving the juvenile justice system. Lael led the successful Justice for Kids Campaign, ending the practice in Massachusetts of automatically prosecuting and sentencing all 17-year-olds as adults, regardless of the severity of the offense. Expertise on other issues includes: school-to-prison pipeline, parent-child privilege, racial disparities, and over-use of secure confinement. As a Research Fellow at the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School, Lael focused her research on emerging adult justice (ages 18-25), and now continues this work as the Director of the Emerging Adult Project at the newly created JusticeLab at Columbia University. In addition to conducting research and supporting states with systemic reform,she organizes the Emerging Adult Justice Learning Community, a first-of-its-kind, carefully orchestrated collaborative learning environment that brings together researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and advocates from around the country to increase learning and policy innovation in this new field.


Segun Idowu (first term)

Segun Idowu is a Boston-based grassroots organizer and civic leader. He currently serves as the Executive Director for the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA).

In August 2014, Segun organized the Boston Police Camera Action Team (BPCAT) with his colleague, Shekia Scott. BPACT’s mission was to further accountability and safety in Boston through the mandatory use of police body-worn cameras. As a result, Boston began a body-worn camera pilot program and policy in September 2016. In 2018, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced a $2 million investment in a permanent citywide body-worn camera program.

In 2018, Segun was elected to serve as a vice president for the Boston chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In this role, Segun managed the research and production of the Equity, Access, and Opportunity Report Card, a comprehensive, 175-page assessment of the City’s efforts and results in addressing systemic racial disparities.

Following his graduation from Boston Latin Academy, Segun earned his Bachelor of Arts in History at Morehouse College.


Kirsten V. Mayer (first term)

Kirsten V. Mayer is a Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP.  Ms. Mayer represents healthcare and life sciences clients in criminal, civil, and regulatory enforcement matters and in related complex civil litigation, including civil False Claims Act litigation. In addition to defending clients in litigation, she advises clients with respect to fraud and abuse and compliance in several contexts, including CIA implementation, internal investigations, and strategic transactions. 

Ms. Mayer has partnered pro bono with the ACLU of Massachusetts on a range of matters, including voting rights litigation and amicus briefs, and with the New England Innocence Project, Committee for Public Counsel Services, and the Innocence Project on litigation to overturn wrongful convictions.

Ms. Mayer is a frequent speaker on healthcare compliance, fraud and abuse enforcement, and False Claims Act litigation.  She has been a faculty member for National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) programs since 2005.


Marty Murphy (second term)

Marty is a partner at Foley Hoag LLP where he represents individuals, companies, educational institutions, non-profits, and law firms in complex civil litigation, criminal investigations, and regulatory proceedings. He has been a member of the ACLUM Board since 2016, and has served as the Chair of its Development Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Marty is currently the Vice President of the Boston Bar Association and a member of the national Board of Directors of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and worked as a law clerk to the late Hon. A. David Mazzone of the United States District Court and a state and federal prosecutor. Marty lives with his wife, Jill Reilly, in South Boston.


Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero (first term)

Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero is a litigator in the Boston Office of Nixon Peabody LLP, where he defends individuals and organizations facing government investigations and related complex commercial litigation. For the past nine years, he has served on the firm-wide pro bono committee and maintains an active pro bono practice.

Recently, he served as a cooperating attorney with the ACLU of Massachusetts to effectuate the return of a child torn from her mother at the southern border as a result of the administration’s “family separation” policy.  In 2018, he served as co-counsel with the ACLU in obtaining an injunction from the federal district court in Boston to halt U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s attempt to impermissibly deport a group of 50 religious asylum-seekers who had identified themselves to authorities as part of an enforcement operation dubbed “Indonesian Surrender.” 

Ronaldo has been a supporter of the ACLU of Massachusetts since the organization’s former deputy legal director represented him and his fellow college student journalists before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in their effort to obtain records from their campus police department. Born in Colombia and raised in East Boston, he has been a life-long beneficiary of the ACLU’s work in defending civil rights and civil liberties.


Nancy Ryan (first term)

Nancy Ryan is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Massachusetts Foundation, and is delighted to be nominated for a new term on the Union Board. She served as President of the Union Board in the early days of Carol Rose’s tenure as Executive Director, and looks forward to supporting the extraordinary work of the staff on so many fronts in the coming term. She is serving now on the Governance and Board Engagement committees, and was previously a member of the Nominating and Executive Committees. She is retired from her day job as Executive Director of the City of Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women after 25 years. She is eager to help shepherd the ACLU of Massachusetts into its 100th year as a Board member.


Susan Yanow (second term)

Susan Yanow MSW is long-time reproductive rights activist. She was the cofounder and founding Executive Director of the Abortion Access Project, and now works as a consultant to several domestic and international reproductive rights and health organizations. She is a cofounder of Women Help Women, an international organization that provides medication abortion services, and is the spokesperson for SASS – Self-Managed Abortion; Safe and Supported in the USA. She is a founder and consultant to the Later Abortion Initiative at Ibis Reproductive Health and coordinates EASE – Expanding Abortion Services in the South.  She also serves on the Board of Nursing Students for Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women.

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