Leadership

Chris Ahmuty, Executive Director

 

Chris Ahmuty has served as executive director of the ACLU of Wisconsin since 1992. Since then, Chris has led the organization through tumultuous times for civil liberties in Wisconsin and our nation. He frequently speaks and writes about ACLU and civil liberties in Wisconsin for audiences large and small across our state. Working with the affiliate Board he has seen to it that the affiliate is well managed and in sound financial shape. His priorities have included building an exemplary staff, which has tripled in size since 1992.

Over the years, he has worked with many coalitions and served on several advisory committees. In 2009 and 2010 he served on an advisory committee on traffic stop data collection for the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance. In 2010 he served on the Legal and Policy Committee of the Wisconsin Relay of Electronic Data (WIRED) for Health Board, which attempted to develop privacy and other standards for a statewide health information exchange. Among Chris's volunteer service, he has been on the Board of the Milwaukee Turners for over 10 years. Chris holds an M.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

You can read more about Chris in a profile the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published in June 2014.

 

Molly Collins, Associate Director

Molly Collins has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 15 years and joined the ACLU of Wisconsin in 2012. Molly received her Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from UW-Milwaukee, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies from UW-Madison. Molly volunteers with several area nonprofit organizations.

Emilio DeTorre, Youth and Programs Director

Emilio De Torre has been the Director of Youth and Programs at the ACLU of Wisconsin since 2006. He is the former Director of Education Services at Madison Square Boys & Girls Clubs where he supervised education, social development and technology programs for 12,000 young people at eight Boys & Girls Clubs in Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. He previously served as a New York City public school teacher and a camp director and has consulted on education, social media, technology, diversity and inclusion, youth outreach and program design nationally for many groups including the U.S. Department of Education, AmeriCorps, PBS WNET-13, The American Museum of Natural History, Community Advocates, United Council, National Association of Independent Schools, the University of Wisconsin Extension and the Boys & Girls Club of America. Emilio serves on the Board of Directors for Milwaukee Public Theatre and is a loving father of three children.

Larry Dupuis, Legal Director

Larry Dupuis has been the legal director of the ACLU of Wisconsin since 2003. He litigates cases and coordinates the litigation efforts of pro bono attorneys from the private bar who handle cases on behalf of the ACLU. Larry received his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in 1986. In 1996, he received his law degree from the New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Service Scholar. While in law school, he interned with the Division of Bioethics at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and volunteered with a student group that advocated for the rights of homeless persons. After law school, he was a law clerk to the Hon. Robert W. Sweet, a federal district judge in the Southern District of New York. He was also a Skadden Fellow and then a staff attorney at Legal Action of Wisconsin, a non-profit law firm providing representation to low-income individuals in civil cases. At Legal Action, he focused on public benefits and housing matters. He has worked in the public and primary health care fields, and has published articles on civil liberties issues in public health. Larry has served on the governing boards or committees of a number of organizations, including the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Legal Action of Wisconsin, the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee, the Hmong-American Friendship Association, the Fair Lending Coalition, the Wisconsin Public Health Association and the National Center on Rural Aging.

Kristin Hansen, Development Director

Kristin Hansen has been the Development Director of the ACLU of Wisconsin since 2011. After 20 years as a non-profit manager and fundraiser with cultural organizations in Greater Milwaukee, Kristin turned her focus to civil rights and social justice, earning a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Carroll University in Waukesha. Hansen has served on the boards of arts alliances and music organizations, the Kiwanis Club of Waukesha, on committees of the Waukesha Business Improvement District, and blogs for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She currently serves her community on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the city of Waukesha and serves on the Ethics Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Southeastern Wisconsin, and is a member of the Historic Third Ward Association.