In January 2012, Steven Robert Allen joined the ACLU of New Mexico as the Director of Public Policy. Allen directs the ACLU of New Mexico’s legislative program at the Roundhouse, lobbying to protect and expand civil liberties through the law-making process. Allen also advocates for the ACLU’s mission at the local legislative and executive level throughout the state.
During his time at the ACLU-NM, he has helped pass state laws designed to ban civil asset forfeiture, require equal pay for women, create an independent public defenders commission, and protect the rights of pregnant and parenting students. He also played a lead role in a project to increase public support for marriage equality for same-sex couples as well as a ballot campaign to defeat an Albuquerque measure that would have restricted access to safe and legal abortions.
Allen has a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico and is the former editor of the Weekly Alibi, Albuquerque’s alternative newsweekly.
Most recently, Allen served four years as the Executive Director of Common Cause New Mexico, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to holding elected leaders accountable to the public interest. One of his biggest accomplishments during his tenure with Common Cause was helping to create Count Every Vote New Mexico, a nonpartisan voter protection program. He also helped pass several election and campaign finance reform laws.