Former Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Jane Henegar has been named executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. She begins work immediately and will join the organization full time Sept. 4.
Henegar's appointment builds upon the ACLU of Indiana's "Raising the Bar for Civil Liberties" campaign to expand the organization's capacity for education outreach and legal assistance throughout the state. Henegar succeeds Gilbert Holmes, who retired March 31.
"The ACLU, through steadfast dedication to the principles of liberty, has righted the course of this country many times," Henegar said. "I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the ACLU of Indiana through the tough work of protecting and defending individual liberties guaranteed to all in our state by the U.S. and Indiana Constitutions."
Henegar recently led the Indiana Bar Foundation's Project Citizen to teach civics to kindergarten through 12th-grade students in Indiana and taught political science at Butler University. She served as interim director of the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention following her service as Indianapolis deputy mayor from 2000 to 2006. Henegar has held various positions in government, including state director in the office of Sen. Evan Bayh, and deputy commissioner and general counsel in the Indiana Department of Administration.
The Bloomington native earned her law degree in 1988 from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.