Maggie Garrett Named New AU Director Of Legislative Affairs

Americans United has a new legislative director. Maggie Garrett, formerly assistant legislative director, assumed control of the department in March.

Garrett replaces Aaron Schuham, who left Americans United for a position in the U.S. Department of Justice.

A native of Ocean City, N.J., Garrett graduated with honors from New York’s Hamilton College and also earned honors at The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Garrett served as the first Madison Fellow at Americans United from 2000-01 and then moved to Montgomery, Ala., for a one-year fellowship at the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama. (While there, she assisted with litigation against “Ten Commandments” Judge Roy Moore.)

Garrett has also worked at the ACLU of Georgia, where she litigated cases and also took on the role of legislative director. Among the cases she worked on was Selman v. Cobb County School District, a lawsuit that struck down evolution disclaimers in public school science books.

Garrett returned to work at Amer­icans United in 2008. As legislative director, she will oversee AU’s work on issues such as school vouchers, the faith-based initiative, church electioneering and religion in public education.

Garrett will also continue to serve as the chair of two important coalitions.

The Coalition Against Religious Discrimination opposes religious hiring bias in tax-funded, faith-based programs. The National Coalition for Public Education, an alliance of more than 50 educational, civil rights and other advocacy groups, is dedicated to opposing school vouchers.

“I look forward to working with AU activists to educate members of Congress and other legislators about the crucial role church-state separation plays in protecting religious liberty,” Garrett said.