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Heather Smith is the Executive Director of the ACLU of South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wyoming. She joined the ACLU in 2013 as Communications Director and has been in her current position since 2014. As Executive Director, Heather oversees the legal, legislative, and advocacy programs in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wyoming.
Under Heather's leadership she has grown the ACLU's capacity and reach, branding the organization as the leading civil rights and civil liberties voice in the states she manages.
Prior to joining the ACLU, Heather worked as an attorney in Queensland, Australia and as an immigration attorney in Boise, Idaho. During her time in Idaho, Heather launched a new statewide organization with the Western Organization Resource Council's leading community members to create public policy change in their local communities.
She's a graduate of Charles Darwin University and holds a law degree from James Cook University with honors. She is also a 2012 graduate of the Western Institute of Leadership Development with the Western States Center in Portland, Oregon. Heather coordinated and led a panel discussion titled “Civil Liberties and Human Rights at Standing Rock” at the 2016 Annual ACLU Conference and participated in a panel discussion on protestor rights with the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.