Human Rights Commission picks new executive director

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 02, 2011, at 4:27 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Human Rights Commission has chosen a new executive director.

Amy Sneirson, Esq., who is the managing attorney of the civil rights program at the Maine Center on Deafness, will be sworn in at the commission’s Dec. 12 meeting. She will start work in January.

Sneirson will replace Patricia Ryan who retired in June after serving 32 years as the executive director. John Gause, the commission’s counsel, has been filling in as acting director since Ryan’s retirement.

“We are very pleased to have found such a charismatic and highly qualified person to fill the role of executive director,” said Paul K. Vestal, Jr., the commission’s chair, in a press release issued Wednesday afternoon. “Amy possesses a thorough understanding of the Maine Human Rights Act, and she brings the perspective of having represented individual, state and corporate interests. She is deeply committed to the core principles of equal opportunity.”

The Human Rights Commission is the independent state agency that helps enforce Maine’s anti-discrimination law, the Maine Human Rights Act.

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