Bill of Rights Defense Committee Staff
Shahid Buttar, executive director, leads the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the People’s Campaign for the Constitution (PCC) in our efforts to defend civil liberties, constitutional rights, and rule of law principles threatened within the United States by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. He is a constitutional lawyer, grassroots organizer, independent columnist, musician, and poet.
George Friday, national field organizer, grew up in rural NC in the 1960s. She holds degrees in political science, economics, and African American studies from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she graduated in 1982. George works with grassroots community and national organizations providing leadership development and skills training ranging from strategic planning and organizing to fundraising, marketing, and community building. Her work particularly focuses on communication, oppression, change, and the role of privilege in transforming power dynamics, fostering broad, deep economic and social justice change. She brings more than three decades of experience to her position as national field organizer for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.
Matthew Kellegrew, 2013-2014 legal fellow, is a recent graduate of the Golden Gate University School of Law, where he served as the Student Chair of the GGU National Lawyer's Guild chapter and as the Bay Area Law School Vice President of the NLG. During law school he interned at Justice Now where he conducted policy work to end the practice of forced sterilizations in CA Women's Prisons, for both civil and criminal attorneys on cases related to police abuse during Occupy Oakland and for the San Francisco Public Defender's Office. Prior to graduating, he was inducted into the Pro Bono Honor Society, won multiple Witkin Awards and completed his degree with a specialization in Public Interest Law. Before law school he attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where he majored in Economics and Social Systems. While in WA he coordinated the Bread and Roses Advocacy Center and actively organized around poverty,
Barbara Haugen, administrator, manages financial records as well as BORDC’s donor and subscriber databases. She also provides general office and administrative support. Before joining BORDC, Barbara worked as a VISTA lawyer with the Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque, NM; as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, MA; and as assistant to the director of MassAudubon's Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, MA.