Rana Elmir joined the ACLU of Michigan in 2006 as the Communications Director and was named Deputy Director in 2013. Rana is a member of the ACLU of Michigan’s leadership team and plays a key role in shaping the future of the ACLU-MI and increasing the effectiveness and shaping the ACLU of Michigan's public policy campaigns. In addition, she continues her responsibilities to increase understanding and appreciation of the Bill of Rights and the ACLU's mission through digital and traditional media.
Rana is a graduate of Wayne State University’s Journalism School and the Journalism Institute for Minorities. She speaks fluent Arabic and is the winner of a number of awards including the Chips Quinn Scholars Program, Wayne State Media and Ethics Scholarship and Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity Inaugural Scholarship and the Rosa Parks Scholarship.
In 2004, she was a member of the North American Media Justice Delegation to the U.N. World Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia where she presented on the issue of empowering communities of color in the U.S. through media engagement.