Woody Kaplan

Advisory Board Chair

Woody Kaplan founded the Civil Liberties List (a political action committee) and is a full-time political and civil liberties activist. He is president of the Defending Dissent Foundation, Development Chair of American Atheists, and serves on the advisory boards of the American Humanist Association, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the Godless Americans Political Action Committee, and the Secular Student Alliance.

Kaplan is a former member of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Board of Directors and served on its Executive Committee.

Congressional lobbying, organizational governance and development work are Kaplan’s major activities. His civil liberties interests include freedom of expression, the right of dissent, separation of church and state, racial justice, LGBT rights, reproductive freedom, abolition of the death penalty, the rights of the accused, police misconduct and a general extension of political and civil liberties.

Kaplan spent twenty-five years developing regional shopping centers and is Chief Executive Officer of The Kaplan Group, Inc. He is married to writer Wendy Kaminer.

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