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April 4, 2019

With His Passion for Social Justice, Noble is Thrilled to Head Premiere Civil Rights Organization

Dave Noble is available for media interviews beginning April 18, 2019.      

DETROIT, Mich. — Following a nationwide search, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is excited to welcome new Executive Director Dave Noble, who has been on the frontlines fighting for peoples’ rights for nearly two decades.  Noble has experience building and leading national social justice non-profits and political organizations and affecting change from inside and outside government.  Most recently, Noble has been consulting with national progressive groups on strategic planning, coalition building, communications, electoral engagement, and leadership development.

“Dave is not only a dynamic and passionate leader, but an extraordinary human being who has immense experience building grassroots movements, recruiting and mentoring diverse and talented teams, fundraising, and budget, board and staff management,” said Dan Varner, ACLU of Michigan Board President.  “His many years strategically shaping issue campaigns, as well as his devotion to civil rights, is exactly the guidance needed to ensure the continued success of the ACLU of Michigan, as it grows its grassroots and campaign prowess.” 


Noble has deep roots in non-profit, grassroots, and legal advocacy. He led two national grassroots political organizations before joining the National LGBTQ Task Force in 2005.  There, he oversaw a team of legislative lawyers crafting and advocating for better state laws for LGBTQ people, he led outreach to faith communities and raised the voices of welcoming and affirming religious leaders, and he advised several state-wide ballot initiatives. He also co-created and co-led a coalition of over 350 local, state, and national organizations demanding the inclusion of protections for transgender people in federal non-discrimination legislation. He then joined the Obama campaign and led the national effort to turn out LGBTQ voters. That work led him to Michigan where he served as Deputy General Election Director, and where he has deep ties working with political, legislative, and non-profit leaders reaching back almost twenty years.

“It’s an honor to be chosen to lead the talented, passionate, and successful team at the ACLU of Michigan,” said Noble. “The ACLU of Michigan makes sure the promises America makes in its Constitution are guaranteed for everyone. Across the country, the Michigan team is known for its work fighting the Muslim ban, expanding voting rights, helping the people of Flint, tackling criminal justice reform, and standing up for LGBTQ people, among so many other important fights. I’m ready to hit the ground running and help the team, along with our coalition partners, as we continue fighting in the courts and Lansing, and engaging Michiganders across the state in a grassroots movement to protect all of our civil liberties.”

In addition to his non-profit leadership work, Noble served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to President Obama and Deputy Director of the Presidential Personnel Office, recruiting, selecting and interviewing leaders for presidential appointments across the administration.  Noble also was Deputy Chief of Staff and White House Liaison for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 2009 to 2012, supporting the Chief of Staff in all aspects of managing the agency.  And as a member of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” team, Noble built a coalition of 400 mayors and other city leaders who joined her in committing to make their communities healthier for kids.

Noble begins as Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan on April 8.