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Kansas ACLU’s executive director steps down

By: - July 15, 2021 11:25 am

Nadine Johnson has stepped down as Executive Director of the ACLU of Kansas. Her last day was July 2. (ACLU of Kansas)

TOPEKA — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas announced Thursday executive director Nadine Johnson has stepped down.

Johnson, whose last day was July 2, said her family had an out-of-state opportunity they could not pass up.

Before joining the ACLU in June 2019, Johnson worked at Google in Los Angles. She is a former constitutional law professor and is also an attorney with experience spanning the public and private sectors.

Johnson succeeded Micah Kubic, who led the Kansas branch of the civil rights organization for four years before leaving to lead the ACLU of Florida, as executive director.

Vanessa Phipps, an HR and corporate leadership consultant, will serve as interim director. Phipps has worked with the affiliate staff in a consultant role since last fall.

The ACLU has already launched its search for the next executive director.

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Noah Taborda
Noah Taborda

Noah Taborda started his journalism career in public radio at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri, covering local government and producing an episode of the podcast Show Me The State while earning his bachelor’s degree in radio broadcasting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Noah then made a short move to Kansas City, Missouri, to work at KCUR as an intern on the talk show Central Standard and then in the newsroom, reporting on daily news and feature stories.