A Mississippi native, Ross joined the ACLUF-SDIC as a member of the development department in 2015. She transferred to the communications department in 2017, where her work is driven by a deep personal commitment to elevate and advance systems of equity and inclusion that recognize, heal, and ultimately prevent trauma.
Ross brings more than a decade of political and nonprofit experience to her role as Communications Strategist. She develops strategic written and visual content to keep our diverse audiences informed and engaged with the affiliate’s critical work. Prior to joining the ACLU, Ross worked in development at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. In 2012 and 2014, she worked on Rep. Scott Peters’ successful congressional campaigns. From 2008 – 2018, she volunteered and served as team leader for the La Jolla YMCA’s annual giving campaign where she routinely exceeded her fundraising goals.
Ross earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The first college graduate in her family, Ross achieved several academic honors including, Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and was inducted into the Caledonian Honors Society and Stewart Honors Society. Ross also earned Highest Distinction for her honors thesis examining the intersectionality of race, religion, and politics in the United States. In 2011, she was accepted into the Clinton Global Initiative University.
Ross loves rainy days, learning about people, and spending time with her daughters. Her household has three honorary family members including a dog (Oscar), cat (Rudy) and bearded dragon (Dwanna).