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Executive Director, Alabama Forward
After spending over 20 years serving Black communities and pro-democracy efforts throughout Alabama and the Deep South, Evan Milligan now serves as executive director of Alabama Forward. Officially launched in 2020, Alabama Forward is a 501-C-3 statewide civic engagement table advancing efforts of nonpartisan organizations throughout Alabama to greatly expand the voter base, protect voting rights, and make election systems as accessible as possible. Evan also directs Alabama Forward Action, a network of 501-C-4 advocacy groups based in Alabama that works to support pro-democracy policies and candidates. Additionally, Evan is the named plaintiff in Milligan v. Merrill, a federal lawsuit challenging congressional district maps recently adopted by the State of Alabama as being in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for the case in October 2022. Evan and his wife Jennifer have two children Ruby (5) and Elijah (2).