Victoria Middleton is the Executive Director of the ACLU of South Carolina and the ACLU of South Carolina Foundation. She assumed the position in October 2008.
Victoria leads the staff of the statewide affiliate, overseeing the work of public education, advocacy, and litigation to advance the civil liberties of all people in South Carolina. She has been honored by the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus for her work to defend voting rights and by the South Carolina Health Families Coalition for her efforts to protect women's reproductive rights in our state.
Prior to joining the ACLU of SC, she served as the director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Asia and Western Hemisphere Affairs, where she led a team of regional experts who implemented democracy strategies aimed at training journalists, supporting free and fair elections, promoting transparency and the rule of law and encouraging Internet access in countries like Cuba, China, Colombia and Vietnam. A member of the Senior Foreign Service, she was the recipient of several State Department Superior Honor Awards and commendations during her 21-year career. In that role, she worked to advance U.S. policies and promote mutual understanding while serving at U.S. embassies in the Philippines, India, Estonia, the Czech Republic and Finland.
Prior to that, Victoria, an honors graduate of Pennsylvania’s Bryn Mawr College and a recipient of an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, taught at universities in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and China.