The ACLU-MS has appointed Jennifer A. Riley-Collins as its new executive director. Riley-Collins, a native Mississippian, is an attorney with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and equality. She brings 14 years of legal experience, along with more than 25 years of leadership and organizational management both as an attorney and a military officer. Riley-Collins is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association. She received her juris doctor from Mississippi College School of Law in 1999, masters of criminal justice administration from Central Texas College in 1993, and bachelor of arts from Alcorn State University in 1987. Her career reflects service. She has formerly served as Hinds County Youth Court public defender. Riley-Collins is a former staff attorney with Southern Poverty Law Center and former juvenile justice fellow at Mississippi Center for Justice. Prior to becoming the new executive director, she was a mobilized U.S. Army Reserve lieutenant colonel for five years.
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