Jennifer Carnig is the director of communications for the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), one of the nation's foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights. Founded in 1951 as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with seven chapters and regional offices and nearly 50,000 members across the state. The NYCLU’s mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and the New York Constitution, including freedom of speech and religion, and the right to privacy, equality and due process of law for all New Yorkers.
Jennifer joined the NYCLU as communications director in 2007. She previously worked at Teach For America, the national teacher corps, for which she directed communications and media relations for several regional markets. She has also worked at the University of Chicago, where she managed media relations for religion, humanities and the arts. Jennifer began her career as a religion reporter for The Oakland Tribune. She earned her B.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master's degree in religious studies from the University of Chicago. She is originally from Pittsburgh.