Monica Hopkins has served as the Executive Director of the ACLU of Idaho since December of 2008. Prior to joining the ACLU family, Monica had a distinguished career in the non-profit sector which included positions with Planned Parenthood of Idaho, the Fund for Idaho and most recently the Friends of Zoo Boise.
As Executive Director of the ACLU of Idaho Monica serves as the chief executive officer of the ACLU, with primary responsibility for managing the organization’s day-to-day activities and operations, leading the organization’s fundraising, directing and coordinating the work of a professional staff, and serving as the primary lobbyist and spokesperson for the statewide legal advocacy and educational organization. Since assuming the position in 2008, the ACLU of Idaho has successfully argued a class action lawsuit against Canyon County for conditions of confinement at the Canyon County Jail and is currently representing over 2,000 inmates in a class action suit against Corrections Corporation of America.
Monica also serves on the Advisory Board for Boise State University’s College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, her alma mater, and the Board of Opera Idaho. She is a Leadership Boise alumna (2006-2008), Rotary GSE Exchange recipient (Sri Lanka, 2008) and has received the Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40, Women Making History award, and the Boise State University Volunteer Services Award.
Favorite Constitutional Amendment: 14th Amendment.
Why?: Although it has three distinct clauses that are incredibly important (Citizenship, Due Process and the Doctrine of Incorporation), it is the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment that, I feel, sums up the intent of our Constitution – equal protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness under the law.