Reggie Shuford joined the NC Justice Center as Executive Director in February 2023 following an eleven-year tenure as Executive Director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. Before leading the ACLU of PA, he spent over fifteen years at the ACLU national office in New York City where he was Staff Attorney and Senior Staff Attorney.

During his time at the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the organization doubled its membership and won landmark lawsuits to defeat a restrictive voter ID law and overturn Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act. Under his leadership, the ACLU of PA also beat back efforts to expand mandatory minimum sentencing, advocated for policies that led the state’s prison system to decrease its population by 20 percent, and laid the groundwork that led to a gubernatorial moratorium on executions that started in 2015 and still stands today.

For the organization’s efforts and his leadership, Shuford was recognized by a wide array of public interest and media organizations. The Philadelphia Tribune, one of the nation’s oldest Black newspapers, recognized Shuford five times with its Most Influential African American Leader Award, and, in 2021, the news outlet City & State PA included Shuford among its Philadelphia Power 100, a list of the most influential people in Philadelphia politics. The Philadelphia Bar Association also honored him with the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award and the Bar Star Award. Shuford has received UNC Law School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and has served as a Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow and an Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity.

Shuford is from Wilmington, NC, and is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law.

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