John Ward, Communications Director

John Ward joined the ACLU of Massachusetts in July 2017 with nearly a decade of communications and government relations experience. Most recently, he served as Director of Legislative Affairs for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department in Boston, where he spearheaded Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins’ criminal justice reform agenda within local and state government. Prior to joining the Suffolk Sheriff’s Department, John was Director of External Affairs for Roca, Inc., a nationally recognized non-profit dedicated to reducing incarceration and poverty among high-risk young people. He also has worked as a hip-hop artist and is a published author.

You can reach John Ward by email at or by phone at 617.482.3170 x336.


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