8 Questions with Juan Conde: Claire Guthrie Gastañaga

Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, ACLU

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) —  In this edition of 8 Questions with Juan Conde, 8News anchor Juan Conde chats with Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, the Executive Director of the Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Gastañaga was appointed as the Executive Director of the Virginia chapter of the ACLU in 2012. Prior to that, she has served as the first female Chief Deputy Attorney General of Virginia and the Deputy Attorney General of the Human and Natural Resources division.Gastañaga’s career began as a federal civil rights lawyer and later she became the assistant university counsel and assistant secretary of the corporation at Princeton University. In addition, she has served as an advocate and lobbyist for many groups  including Equality Va, the Virginia Coalition for Latino Organizations and the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Alliance.

Gastañaga’s career began as a federal civil rights lawyer and later she became the assistant university counsel and assistant secretary of the corporation at Princeton University. In addition, she has served as an advocate and lobbyist for many groups, including Equality Virginia, the Virginia Coalition for Latino Organizations and the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Alliance.

She also served as a trustee of Chatham College from 1981-1987, the college’s interim president for the 1982-1983 school year, and she was also a former director of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).

She has served in various other positions as an advocate for change. Her hard work is reflected in her accolades, including the 2003 “Virginia Women in Business Advocate of the Year” award, presented by the Small Business Administration.

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