Jennifer Allen Aroz is the Executive Director for the ACLU of Arizona and joined the organization in October 2021. Allen will lead the organization as it works to advance its statewide advocacy agenda that drives immigrant’s rights, LGBTQ+ equality, criminal justice reform, and education equity in the state of Arizona.
With four generations of her family calling Arizona home, Allen has a vast knowledge of the difficulties advancing civil liberties and civil rights pose, especially in a challenging state political climate, and brings more than twenty-five years of experience working towards transformation at local, state, and national levels. Most recently, she was the Senior Vice President of Community and Civic Engagement at the League of Conservation Voters (LCV). She also founded Chispa, LCV’s national community organizing program focused on protecting communities’ rights to clean air and water, healthy neighborhoods, and a safe climate. Prior to LCV, Allen was the founding Executive Director of Border Action Network, where she oversaw successful state and national advocacy campaigns to challenge anti-immigrant legislation, border vigilante groups, and to promote humane and just border policies and the human rights of migrants.
Allen’s extensive career includes overseeing grassroots community organizing, civic engagement, candidate recruitment and training, cultural strategies, rural economic and community development, and supporting land rights of indigenous communities throughout the southwest. She serves on the board of GreenLatinos, is an active member of Las Adelitas Arizona, and lives in Tucson with her family.