Introducing Rachel Laser, New Executive Director
My name is Rachel Laser, and I am excited to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State!
I’m a lawyer, an advocate and a strategist who has dedicated the last two decades of my life to fighting to make the country inclusive for all Americans.
As a religious minority myself—I was raised as a Reform Jew—I know personally how much it matters that our laws treat everyone fairly and equally. This is what Americans United fights for every day.
My mission right now is to return the separation of church and state to its rightful, central and mainstream place in America. You—and you only—have the right to decide what religion, if any, you want to join and support. This principle, which has guided the work of Americans United for 71 years, is something I have dedicated much of my life to.
I will work to unite faith and secular leaders to inspire our country to be true to its highest values and to hold it accountable when its not.
When I was the deputy director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism—a longtime ally of Americans United—I ran interfaith campaigns and worked to further the organization’s historic mission of advancing the separation of religion and government. And as senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, I founded and ran the Pharmacy Refusal Project, which challenged pharmacists who were refusing to fill women’s birth-control prescriptions in the name of religion.
Americans United is fighting the fights that matter, and I am thrilled to build on the incredible accomplishments of this historic organization.
The work of Americans United has never been more important than it is today. We will continue to stand strong on our core issues, and, together, we will defeat the many new and serious threats to religious freedom and the separation of church and state coming from the Trump-Pence Administration and across the country.
If you’d like to learn more about me and see a bit more about my background, check out the Q&A and video on the Americans United website.
Thank you for your partnership with Americans United. I look forward to doing this vital work with you!
AU Executive Director