Kary L. Moss has served as the Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan since 1998, one of the ten largest state ACLU offices in the country with a $3.5 million budget and three regional offices across the state. In 2016, Kary was named by Craine’s Detroit Business as one of the 100 most influential women in Michigan. She is the 2015 recipient of the Detroit NAACP’s Ida Thurtell award and was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011. She has received the State Bar of Michigan’s Champion of Justice Award, Harvard Law School’s Wasserstein Fellowship, Michigan Trial Lawyer Weekly’s Lawyer of the Year; and many community awards.
She holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a JD from CUNY Law School at Queen’s College. After graduation from law school, she clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then served as staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project in New York. She has published three books on women’s health and rights as well as law review articles, and commentaries. She recently completed a term as the Chair of the council for all state directors in the ACLU and is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy.
In 2012, Kary hired an investigative journalist whose ground-breaking work led to the revelations of lead poisoning of the water in Flint, a city that was at the time under the control of an emergency manager who made the fateful decision to switch the source of the city’s drinking water to the Flint River. That work earned the reporter Journalist of the Year Award from the Michigan Press Association and the Sidney Hillman Foundation web journalist of the year award in 2016.