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Janna Farley,

May 19, 2022

Cody Schuler has joined the ACLU of North Dakota as advocacy manager.

As advocacy manager, Schuler oversees the organization’s legislative, public education and advocacy efforts and is responsible for developing issue campaigns to advance civil liberties and civil rights in North Dakota.

“Cody’s passion for and commitment to human rights and social justice made him a natural fit for the ACLU of North Dakota,” said Heather Smith, executive director of the ACLU of North Dakota. “As we continue to intensify our efforts to defend civil liberties across the state, Cody’s experience and leadership will be invaluable to advancing a policy agenda. With Cody on board, our capacity to create change in North Dakota is bigger than ever.”

Prior to joining the ACLU of North Dakota, Schuler served as executive director of the FM Coalition to End Homelessness, an advocacy, education, and collaboration nonprofit with a mission to prevent and end homelessness in the Fargo metro area.

Outside of the ACLU, Schuler is a commissioner for the Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority and serves on the boards of directors for the Fargo Downtown Neighborhood Association and The Human Family, a nonprofit with a mission to change communities through art, including the North Dakota Human Rights Art and Film Festivals and the Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival.

“Now more than ever, the ACLU’s unrelenting commitment to protecting the constitutional rights of all people is vital to the future of our democracy and the well-being of our most vulnerable communities,” Schuler said. “It’s a privilege to be able to do this work.”

Schuler, who grew up in Bismarck, holds degrees from Dakota Wesleyan University and Duke University.

About the ACLU of North Dakota

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Dakota is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of North Dakota is part of a three-state chapter that also includes South Dakota and Wyoming. The team in North Dakota is supported by staff in those states.

The ACLU believes freedoms of press, speech, assembly and religion, and the rights to due process, equal protection and privacy, are fundamental to a free people.  In addition, the ACLU seeks to advance constitutional protections for groups traditionally denied their rights, including people of color, women and LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit communities. The ACLU of North Dakota carries out its work through selective litigation, lobbying at the state and local level, and through public education and awareness of what the Bill of Rights means for the people of North Dakota.