Yanet Amanuel is the Public Policy Advocate at the ACLU of Maryland. In this role she will be supporting coalitions and monitoring pertinent legislation that impacts civil liberties. Yanet began her advocacy career as a student at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she received her B.S. in Sociology. While serving as the Executive Activism Chair of the UMCP NAACP chapter, she negotiated her first piece of legislation, which required each public institution of higher education to develop, implement, and submit to the Maryland Higher Education Commission a certain plan for a program to prevent hate-bias incidents and implement a hate bias response protocol. She continued to pursue her passion for advocacy and organizing in several roles, including as Chief of Staff for Delegate Angela Angel of Prince George’s County and as a Policy Advocate at Job Opportunities Task Force. Currently, Yanet also serves as the Region 7 (Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) Adult Representative on the NAACP National Youth Works Committee and Young Adult Chair of the Prince George’s County NAACP.