SK Rossi joined the ACLU of Montana in July of 2016 as the Director of Advocacy and Policy. Rossi is responsible for advancing the organization’s policy agenda by planning and implementing legislative and advocacy campaigns, analyzing and drafting policy proposals, lobbying state and local policymakers, preparing and presenting testimony, building coalitions and engaging ACLU supporters.
Rossi held the same position at ACLU of Missouri from September 2014 - July 2016
Prior to joining the ACLU of Missouri, Rossi served as the Legal and Public Policy Director for the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV) for three years. In this capacity, Rossi participated in multiple state-wide coalitions in support of LGBT equality, women’s rights and immigrants’ rights. Through this cross-coalition work, Rossi planned and facilitated community-based meetings, lobbied at the federal, state, and local levels and trained multiple organizations on the complexities of constitutional-level issues. Through these strategic partnerships, Rossi helped usher in the passage of local LGBT non-discrimination ordinances, the removal of Montana’s anti-sodomy law, the inclusion of LGBT couples in Montana’s domestic violence statute and the pushing back of countless anti-choice measures.
In addition to an extensive public policy background, Rossi brings a wealth of experience in offering direct community support. From 2010 to 2014, Rossi provided pro-bono family law services to LGBT Montanans in Missoula, Helena, and Bozeman. As a member of the Peace Corps from 2005 to 2007, Rossi worked as a Community Health and Development Educator in Gambia, West Africa and co-founded the Gambia LGBT group and designed and implemented a community-based radio program promoting women’s empowerment, girl’s education and sexual health.
Rossi earned both a Juris Doctorate and the Burton K. Wheeler Award for personal integrity, courage and independent thought from the University of Montana School of Law. Rossi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Colorado in Denver.