Candis Tolliver is an organizer for the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Advocacy Department. She is responsible for implementing public advocacy campaigns that mobilize NYCLU members and supporters to uphold and defend civil liberties and rights. Candis leads the NYCLU’s police reform organizing efforts and is heavily involved in all public education and advocacy activities related to building support in NYC for a more just and humane policing paradigm. She is the lead NYCLU organizer on the Communities United for Police Reform Campaign and helps to manage the Campaign’s Policy Working Group. Candis is also the primary presenter of the NYCLU’s Know Your Rights with Police workshops.
Candis graduated from Norfolk State University in 2006, earning a B.A. in Political Science. Shortly after graduation she worked as a grassroots organizer for Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, and later as the public affairs coordinator. In 2010, Candis earned an M.S. in Urban Policy Analysis from Milano the New School for Management and Urban Policy.
Candis joined the NYCLU staff in 2010. She is originally from Long Island.