Anaka Adams

Anaka Adams joined ACS in June 2021 and currently serves as the Communications Associate.

Before joining ACS, Adams graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2021 with degrees in Political Science and French. While at SMU, Anaka served as a student coordinator for the Office of Social Change and Intercultural Engagement, where she helped develop the Education Bank to provide students with well-informed resources on major social issues.

Anaka also held several leadership positions while in college, including serving as President of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Rho Chapter and Community Service Chair for the Association of Black Students and the Natural Hair Network. She also served a Fellow with the Collin Allred 2018 Congressional Campaign.

Pablo Willis

Pablo Willis joined ACS in 2021 and currently serves as Press Secretary.

Before joining ACS, Willis served as Mid-Atlantic Press Secretary for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, where he developed and executed communications strategies that contributed to the passage of historic clean energy legislation, the retirement of seven coal plants, and successful outcomes against coal-related pollution in Appalachia. He previously served as a Legislative Researcher for CQ Roll Call and is an Associate Member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Willis started his career serving as a Congressional Intern for three Members of Congress. 

Willis received his BA in political science and certificate in women's studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and will complete his master’s degree in political management from George Washington University in May 2021.

Maude Carroll

As Digital Engagement Strategist, Maude Carroll oversees the organization’s digital presence, including web, social media, and email communications.

Before joining ACS, Carroll served as Digital Strategist at Heartland Alliance, an international anti-poverty organization, where she managed web and email marketing. Prior to that role, she was the Digital Communications Manager at the ACLU of Illinois, producing multimedia content on a vast range of civil liberties issues.

Carroll received her BA in Communications from Antioch College with a focus on documentary video production. Originally from New York City, she currently lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

Jeanne Hruska

Hruska joined ACS in 2021 and serves as the Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy.

Before joining ACS, Hruska served as the Political Director for the ACLU of New Hampshire, where she helped repeal the death penalty, enact bail reform, and advance Trans lived equality. She previously served in the U.S. Department of State under the Obama Administration, working to promote democracy and human rights in central Africa and coordinating U.S. sanctions policy. She started her career on the local level, working for a Los Angeles City Councilman.

Hruska received her JD from George Washington University Law School, and her BA from the University of Southern California. She was born and raised in New England.

Nancy Rodriguez

Nancy Rodriguez leads ACS’s media relations strategy as part of the Communications Department. Before joining ACS, Rodriguez was a journalist for nearly 20 years, focusing on education, state government and the impact of both on students and their families.

Rodriguez has been a communications and media relations professional since 2011. She served seven years as the Assistant Director of Communications and Media Liaison for the Kentucky Department of Education and, most recently, was press secretary for the Council of Chief State School Officers, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states and other U.S. jurisdictions.

Rodriguez received her B.A. from Hofstra University in English with minors in communications and international affairs and holds a Master’s in communications from Bellarmine University. She also has a Certificate in Social Media Management from Georgetown University.

A native Rhode Islander, Rodriguez lives in Virginia with her husband and son.