Biography

Terence Dougherty is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of the ACLU. In this capacity, he oversees the Finance, In-House Legal, Technology Product Development, Information Technology, Building Operations and Human Resources operations of the national ACLU. Prior to joining the ACLU in 2005, Terence practiced law at Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, where he represented numerous nonprofit organizations, including educational institutions, advocacy organizations, private foundations, museums and donor advised funds. Prior to that, he practiced law at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Dougherty has over a decade of experience working with nonprofit organizations on a wide range of issues, and he regularly lectures and gives trainings. Among his publications, Dougherty authored an article in 2013 on political advocacy by nonprofit organizations and a 2009 article on newspapers as tax-exempt entities. Dougherty is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he studied Victorian poetry and Viola da Gamba performance, and Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and a recipient of a Human Rights Internship Fellowship. During law school, he interned with Hon. Jack B. Weinstein of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, and with Hon. Cheryl Valandra of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court in South Dakota. In 2008, Dougherty was appointed as a Commissioner of the Women's Refugee Commission. Since 2005, he has served as a member of the board of directors of New York Live Arts (formerly, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company) and has sat on the Government Relations Committee of the Non-Profit Coordinating Committee. He is a former member of the boards of the Columbia University School of Law Alumni Association and the Ohio Public Interest Research Group. Dougherty is a native New Yorker.

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