Public Policy Director
ACLU of Maryland
In Toni Holness’ words, “as an immigrant and a woman of color, social justice advocacy is more than merely a career path; it is an outgrowth of my personal and unwavering convictions.” As the public policy director for ACLU of Maryland, she advocates for civil rights, prison reform, criminal justice, juvenile law and victim’s rights – and gets results.
“Through her work to influence legislative outcomes in the General Assembly, Toni has fought hard (often leading the fight) for the rights of Marylanders, including immigrants wrongfully targeted by local police; low-wage workers who need access to earned sick leave to care for their families; individuals held in inhumane solitary confinement; and Black and Brown Marylanders who are racially profiled by law enforcement,” says Meredith Curtis Goode, communications director for the ACLU.
Her goal is to be champion for social justice.
“Throughout my work, I strive for humility, integrity, and intentionality, especially as I work with and for communities of color and other marginalized populations,” Holness says.