Public Policy Director


Public Policy

Toni Holness is the Public Policy Director for the ACLU of Maryland. She advocates for reform in the Maryland General Assembly on a range of issues, including freedom of expression, criminal justice, reproductive freedom, and other civil liberties issues.  She has played a major role in legislative efforts to reduce rates of incarceration in Maryland, with special focus on reducing racial disparities, along with many other high profile campaigns. Before joining the ACLU, she was a Staff Attorney with Maryland Legal Aid and a Georgetown University Law Center Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow (2011–2012).  She is a graduate of Temple University, where she completed a Master of Arts in Economics alongside her law degree.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Toni was named a “2017 Leading Woman” by the Maryland Daily Record, which identifies women who are 40 years old or younger for the tremendous accomplishments they have made so far in their career.

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