Nolan Pack is the Grants & Donor Communications Manager at the ACLU of Northern California. Nolan raises grant funds for both general operating support and issue-specific projects and is responsible for gathering and synthesizing program information to inform the Development Department’s outreach and engagement activities. In addition to narrating the ACLU-NC’s values, accomplishments, and funding needs for donor audiences, Nolan manages internal systems to track goals and evaluate progress across all five organizational departments and twelve major issue areas.
Since joining the ACLU in 2015, Nolan has worked closely with program staff to author successful grant proposals for the ACLU-NC’s work on immigrants’ rights, criminal justice reform, reproductive justice, and other priority issue areas. He has also served as lead author for multiple collaborative grant proposals with sister ACLU affiliates and partner organizations, including one of his favorite projects so far: a grant to fund collaborative research and advocacy efforts centered on AB 60 (driver’s licenses for undocumented Californians), an issue Nolan has worked on since his time as a student organizer at UC Berkeley.
Before joining the ACLU-NC staff Nolan was a community organizer in the East Bay. His work included mobilizing support for the passage of Prop 47 (sentencing reform), community education to support the implementation of AB 60, and advocacy for the rights of the homeless (especially homeless LGBTQ youth).
Nolan earned his B.A. in rhetoric at UC Berkeley, where his work on LGBTQ advocacy led to gender-inclusive housing for student orientation programs and the right of trans* students to use their chosen name on university ID cards. In his two years as an elected representative in the Berkeley student government, Nolan played a leading role in a campaign to promote divestment from fossil fuels, a local campaign to oppose the criminalization of homelessness in Berkeley, the establishment of the UC Berkeley Food Pantry to alleviate food insecurity, and the launch of a Student Environmental Resource Center. An alum of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship, Nolan completed the PPIA Junior Summer Institute at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy.
Nolan is a queer activist, second-generation Cuban-American, and coffee enthusiast. His reading and listening habits – from texts on radical social thought to podcasts on current events – and proclivity for contemplation inform the intersectional and community-centered approach he brings to his work at the ACLU-NC. He is currently a 2017 New Leaders Council Fellow in San Francisco.