Headshot of Frank Knaack, who is standing in front of green trees wearing a plaid jacket


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Frank Knaack became Policy Director for the ACLU of New Hampshire in November 2021. Frank previously worked with the ACLU's national offices in New York and Washington D.C., and with ACLU affiliates in South Carolina, Virginia, and Texas. Most recently, Frank served as the executive director for the ACLU of South Carolina and previously was executive director for the Montana Innocence Project and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. Earlier in his career, Frank worked with Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and the International Human Rights Outreach Project in Cairo, Egypt.

Frank has led the creation of advocacy campaigns in multiple states, including campaigns to build public safety systems that prioritize investments in people and communities rather than police and incarceration, rein in court systems funded off the backs of the poor, ensure equal access to the courts, and create a public health centered approach to drug policy. Frank has also led legislative and administrative reform efforts that resulted in major victories in the areas of criminal justice, school-to-prison-pipeline, government surveillance, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and immigrants' rights, including ending judicial override in capital sentencing in Alabama and stopping Alabama sheriffs from personally profiting from jail food money. 

Frank regularly testifies on human rights issues before state legislative and administrative bodies and is frequently quoted by the press, including in the Washington Post, NY Times, Associated Press, and Newsweek. Frank is the author or co-author on numerous policy and documentation reports, including Under Pressure: How Fines and Fees Hurt People, Undermine Public Safety, and Drive Alabama's Racial Wealth Divide (Alabama Appleseed, Oct. 2018), Alabama's War on Marijuana: Assessing the Fiscal and Human Toll of Criminalization (Alabama Appleseed & Southern Poverty Law Center, Oct. 2018), and Publish and Perish: The Need for a Federal Reporters' Shield Law (American Civil Liberties Union, Mar. 2007).

Frank and his wife grew up in Vermont, and they are excited to raise their kids in the mountains of New Hampshire.