Gara LaMarche is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Atlantic Phlanthropies. Before being named to the post last year, LaMarche was vice president and director of U.S. Programs for the Open Society Institute. Before joining OSI in 1996, LaMarche served as associate director of Human Rights Watch and was director of its Free Expression Project (1990-1996) and the Freedom-To-Write Program of the PEN American Center (1988-1990). From 1976 to 1988, he served in a variety of positions with the American Civil Liberties Union, including associate director of its New York branch (1979-1984) and executive director of the Texas Civil Liberties Union (1984-1988). In 1988-1989, he was a Charles H. Revson Fellow on the Future of the City of New York.
LaMarche is the author of over 100 articles on civil liberties and human rights topics and has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the Nation, and the Texas Observer. He is the editor of Speech and Equality: Do We Really Have to Choose? (New York University Press, 1996).