Accomplished policy and advocacy leader will advance civil rights and liberties in the District 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia (ACLU-D.C.) named Scarlett Aldebot as the organization's new Policy Advocacy Director. Aldebot joins a staff of nearly two dozen people working to protect and expand civil liberties and civil rights in Washington, D.C. 

Aldebot leads the ACLU of D.C.’s organizing and legislative advocacy team to advance civil rights and civil liberties in the District through legislative, institutional, and community-driven advocacy. Her team’s priorities include criminal justice reform, freedom from discrimination, First Amendment rights, and D.C. Statehood. 

Aldebot arrives at the ACLU-D.C. with extensive experience in policy, implementation, and advocacy. Most recently, she was the Chief Executive Officer for Amara, a non-profit organization based in Seattle that provides services, programs, and advocacy for families at risk of or impacted by the child welfare system. She has also served in multiple leadership roles in Washington State's King County government. As the county’s Adult Services Division Director for the Department of Community and Human Services, she led community-centered work in all aspects of funding, program administration, and related policy development. She also led work on criminal justice and human services issues as a Principal Policy Analyst for the King County Council. In addition to her extensive experience, Aldebot holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. 

“I am honored to join the ACLU of the District of Columbia. Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to develop policies on, advocate for, and organize around issues of broad and deep impact, often with a goal of ensuring those with the least access to justice and resources within our criminal justice and social safety net systems gain or maintain access. I look forward to leveraging that experience to safeguard civil liberties and rights protections,” said ACLU-D.C. Policy Advocacy Director Scarlett Aldebot. 

“We are proud and excited to welcome Scarlett to our team. Scarlett’s experience, knowledge, and commitment to working with directly impacted communities, along with her effective political advocacy, will strengthen ACLU-D.C.’s efforts to build a just and free D.C.,” said ACLU-D.C. Executive Director Monica Hopkins.