NEW YORK (AP) American Civil Liberties Union President Nadine Strossen announced Friday that she will step down in October after leading the group for nearly two decades.
Strossen, 57, was the organization's longest-serving president and the first woman to hold the job. She is only halfway through her latest three-year term, but Strossen said she thought the national advocacy group could benefit from fresh leadership.
"There's new energy, new connections to different communities," she said in a phone interview Friday.
Her last day will be Oct. 19. Strossen said she would remain involved with the ACLU, most likely as a fundraiser. The ACLU's governing board is to elect a successor in the fall.
Strossen became the ACLU's president in 1991.