Mike Meno joined the ACLU of North Carolina in September 2011 as the organization’s first full-time communications staffer. A former print and radio journalist, Meno spent several years writing and reporting for newspapers and public radio stations in Maryland before turning to advocacy work in 2009 to lead communications for various nonprofit organizations promoting civil liberties, sensible drug policy, and the separation of church and state. Prior to joining the ACLU of North Carolina, Meno worked in Washington, D.C., as chief spokesman and communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana policy reform organization, and communications manager for the Secular Coalition for America, a lobbying group that promotes government neutrality toward religion. Meno holds a B.A. in American Studies from Goucher College in Maryland. His writing has appeared in many media outlets online and across the country.