The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas announced that Leaundra Sanders has joined the organization as its new development director. Sanders spent nearly a decade at University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and served on the selection committee for the Center on Community Philanthropy’s annual Advancing Equity Award working with nonprofit organizations across the state. 

“Leaundra is invaluable to the advancement of our organization and growth of our team as we continue to fight to advance the civil rights of everyone in our state,” said Holly Dickson, executive director of the ACLU of Arkansas. “During her tenure at the Clinton School she spearheaded initiatives that benefited and uplifted vulnerable populations. She has worked hand-in-hand to advance nonprofits and community organizations throughout the state.”

Sanders, a lifelong Arkansas resident, has advocated for underserved communities throughout her professional career and through her volunteer work. She has received several recognitions including being named a 2019 Trailblazer Honoree by the National Association of University Women. 

“I could not be more excited to join the ACLU of Arkansas team,” said Sanders. “I am honored to work alongside the dedicated board members, staff, volunteers, donors, clients, and supporters who continue to fight for the change we need to see in our state.” 

Sanders earned a Master’s of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.