Mom of the Year 2018
Alessandra Soler is mother to two daughters and one son, and she currently serves as executive director of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona. She has more than 19 years of experience with ACLU, first in Florida and Louisiana, and she is the first Latina to head the Arizona organization. Through litigation, the ACLU of Arizona has secured important legal victories on behalf of members of the LGBT community, incarcerated individuals, and immigrants, including ending discriminatory racial profiling practices by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a historic lawsuit that led to his criminal contempt charges and will dramatically revamp policies and practices within the embattled agency. Under her direction, the organization has grown from a staff of 4 to 22, including five full-time attorneys, three communications strategists and a growing advocacy and policy team of seven. Prior to joining ACLU, Alessandra worked as a reporter for The Miami Herald. She is a graduate of University of Arizona’s Eller College of Business Management.