Claire Guthrie Gastañaga is ChangeServant. She served as the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia from June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2021. She "retired" from the organization to make room for new and diverse leadership. As of June 1, 2021, she is an independent advocate and non-profit governance consultant. Prior to joining the ACLU of Virginia, she was the principal of CG2 Consulting which ceased operating on May 31, 2012. This page is an archive of her past work.

Learn more about her work at the ChangeServant Website & Blog.

Archived (1981-2010)

Publications & Resources

Selected Presentations

"Title IX, Sexual Misconduct and Bullying: New Concerns for College Student Affairs Leaders Presentation for Pennsylvania Community College Student Affairs Vice Presidents and Deans, September 23, 2011

"Managing Legal Risks, "CIC Department and Division Chairs Workshop, Richmond, VA, 2004

"Managing Legal Risks," CIC Department Chairs Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, June 5, 2003

"Current Issues of Concern to Faculty, "Presentation to Board of Virginia AAUP, October 2001

"Current Issues in University Management, "Commonwealth Business Management Institute, August 2001

"Academic Freedom, "Colloquia 2001, Wentworth Institute, January 2001.

Opinions/Editorials (OpEd)

"Rules Are Necessary When Professionalism Fails," Speak Out, AFT On Campus , February 1998.


"Legal Issues: Identification and Management," Creating Career Programs in a Liberal Arts Context with David J. Figuli and Andy Abrams, Mary Ann Rehnke, ed. (New Directions for Higher Education No. 57, Jossey-Bass, Inc. 1987).

"Judicial and Administrative Enforcement of Federal Civil Rights Laws," Impact and Challenges of a Changing Federal Role, Virginia Ann Hodgkinson, ed. (New Directions for Institutional Research No. 45, Jossey-Bass, Inc. 1985).

"The Legal Ins and Outs of University-Industry Collaboration," 64 Educational Record 19 (Spring 1983); co-authored with David S. Tatel.

"Students and Athletics, "Handicapped Access," Legal Deskbook for Administrators of Independent Colleges and Universities (Center for Constitutional Studies, 1982).

"Legal Report", appearing quarterly in Educational Record from Winter 1980 to Spring 1982.

"Administration Reform of Civil Rights Rules: A Year's Work?" May 1982 NACUBO Business Officer 20.

"Sexual Harrassment and Preventive Planning," 5 Lex Collegii 1 (Fall 1981).

"Brief Amici Curiae in University of Texas v. Camenisch," 8 J. of Coll. and U. Law 68 (1981-82).

"Identifying Compliance Criteria for Title IX," October 1980 NACUBO Business Officer 12.

"Understanding the 'Legal Technicalities' of Federal Regulations," Assuring Access for the Handicapped, Martha Ross Redden, ed. (New Directions for Higher Education No. 25, Jossey-Bass, Inc. 1980).

Online Audio/Video--Advocacy and Commentary

Political Blogging in Virginia, August 30, 2005 Charlottesville Podcasting Network

Capitol Region Roundtable: Legislative Redistricting, May 1, 2002, Moderator: Professor Toni Michelle Travis, Participants: John H. Rust, Jr., Partner, Rust & Rust; Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, CG2 Consulting; Professor Scott Keeter.

Oral Argument, Wilder v. Virginia Hospital Association, United States Supreme Court. Decision Date: January 9, 1990.

Selected Presentations

Legal Constraints: Registration and Regulation Of Corporate PACs and Lobbyists in Virginia," Virginia State Government Relations Workshop, Public Affairs Council, January 16-17, 2002.

"Ethical Concerns for Local Government Employees: The Fundamentals of Legal and Ethical Behavior, " Training Session for County Employees, December 2001.

"Overview: Virginia's Legal and Political Environment", VRMSDC Annual Meeting for Minority Business Enterprises, December 2001.

"Tips on Lobbying for Women, "Annual Conference, Southern Women in Public Service, May 2001

Opinions/Editorials (OpEd)

"Justification Without ustice", with Shaun Kenney, Style Weekly, August 11, 2010

"It's Time to Stop Trading on Fear", Richmond Times-Dispatch, August 6, 2010

"Shilling for Bob", Style Weekly, November 11, 2009

"It's About More Than Marriage," Daily Press (Newport News), May 7, 2006

"Women Won the Right to Vote in 1920...So Why Not Use it", Daily Press (Newport News, VA), Outlook Section, August 15, 2004, p. J1

"Mr. Wilkins, Use Your Clout for a Woman as Next Speaker." The Virginian Pilot, 23 June 2002: J1.

"Create Positive Legacy for VA. Women," Daily Press, 20 June 2002, A11.

"Times Haven't Changed That Much: A Commentary on Wilkins' 'I am a victim' Defense."

"Kilgore Making a Place at the Table for Women." The Virginian Pilot, 12 December 2001: B11.


"Making Sense of Immigration", Virginia Issues and Answers, Fall 2010

"Help Virginia Make the Right Kind of History" V Magazine for Women (Richmond Edition), October 2006 (Published online at

"Keeping It Civil" Style Weekly, August 30, 2006 (Published online at

"The People's Lawyer: Why It Matters Who Is Virginia's Attorney General" RichmondWOMAN, December 2005 (Published online at

"So, You Want to Run for Office? Five Questions Every Woman Must Answer Before She Decides to Run" RichmondWOMAN, November 2005 (Published online at

"The Health Care Crisis: First We Need to Make Patients Safe - Part 2" RichmondWOMAN, Vol. 2, Issue 16, July 2005, pp. 16-17

"The Health Care Crisis: First We Need to Make Patients Safe - Part 1" RichmondWOMAN, Vol. 2, Issue 16, June 2005, pp. 16-17

"Connecting Women to Power(SM): 10 Books that Can Help You Connect to And Use Power" RichmondWOMAN, Vol. 2, Issue 15, May 2005, pp. 16-17

"Mothers Be Good to Your Daughters: Teach Them To Vote" RichmondWOMAN, Vol. 2, Issue 14, April 2005, pp. 16-17

"Let's Change the Language of Politics "It's Time to Stop the Hate," RichmondWOMAN, Vol. 2, Issue 13, February/March 2005, pp. 16-17

"Domestic Violence: Moving the Agenda from Punishment to Prevention,"RichmondWOMAN, Vol. 2, Issue 12, December 2004, pp. 16-17

"Immigrants Make Significant Contributions and Face Many Challenges in Virginia, "RichmondWOMAN, Vol. 2, Issue 11, November 2004, pp. 16, 19

"Stop and Identify Laws Create Additional Concerns for Immigrants, "Qué Pasa Washington, Volume 1, Issue 3, October 2004, pp. 11,13

"Playing on the Women's Team: 'She Wins -- You Win' in the Political Context," RichmondWOMAN, Vol. 1, Issue 9, August/September 2004, pp. 12-14

"New Law Threatens Trust between Local Law Enforcement and Immigrants," Qué Pasa Washington, Volume 1, Issue 2, July 2004, p. 1

"Financing Virginia Elections -- Time for Change?" Richmond WOMAN, Vol. 1, Issue 8, July 2004, pp.12-13

"2004 Virginia General Assembly: Immigrants Face Continued Challenges," Que Pasa Washington, Vol. 1, Issue 1, June 2004, cover story

"Electing Richmond's Mayor: The Qualities We Seek and Eight Women Who Possess Them," with Viola Osborne Baskerville, RichmondWOMAN, Vol. 1, Issue 5, Spring 2004, pp. 12-14

"The 2004 General Assembly Session: Preparing to Participate in the Debate on Virginia's Tax Structure and Budget, "Richmond WOMAN, Vol. 1, Issue 4, February 2004, pp. 12-13

"Why Women Don't Vote in Virginia and Why They Should: 3 Reasons for Richmond Area Women to Vote on November 4th, Richmond WOMAN, Vol. 1, Issue 3, November 2003, pp. 15-16

"Ten Tips on How to Become an Effective Advocate for Latinos in Richmond, "The Latino Messenger - El Mensajero, November 2003, p. 7

"Getting Involved in Government Affairs: Twelve Tips for Becoming an Effective Grass Roots Advocate," Richmond WOMAN, Vol. 1, Issue 2, October 2003, pp.16-17

"Women and Legislative Issues: First We Have to Elect More Women, "Richmond WOMAN, Vol. 1, Issue 1, September 2003, pp.15-16

The View from the Balcony: Advocating for Women in Politics," 21 UVA Lawyer 62 (Winter 1997)

Selected Presentations

"Making Work Work Women, Spotlight on Business," Presented at Working Women's Wellness 24/7, 7th Annual Conference on Women's Health sponsored by Women's Health of Virginia, June 11, 2004

"Education for Earnings: Establishing Credibility by Becoming A Better Business Person" University of Virginia Spring Vendor Fair, Charlottesville, VA, June 4, 2003

"Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," Social Security Administration, National Televised Seminar, September 2002

"Access to Capital for Women and Minority Owned Businesses," Testimony before the Committee on Small Business, U.S. House of Representatives, Roundtable on Access to Private Capital, March 1, 2002

"Sexual Harassment: An Overview of Current Employment Issues and Concerns

Opinions/Editorials (OpEd)

Legislators Should Clarify Day of Rest Laws," The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA), July 13, 2004, p. B1

"Give It a Rest," Bacon's Rebellion, Guest Column, Vol. 3, Issue 14, July 2004


"Not Getting Our Share 2: Federal Government Fails to Reach Goals for Women-Owned Small Businesses," Richmond WOMAN, Vol. 2, Issue 13, January 2005, pp. 16-17

Insuring Working Women's Health and Wellness: Where Are We Going?" (Available in English and Spanish) Richmond WOMAN, Vol. 2, Issue 10, October 2004, pp. 6 and 10 (English and Spanish)

Not Getting Our Share: The State Disparity Study and Next Steps," Richmond WOMAN, Vol. 1, Issue 3, June 2004, pp. 12-13

Getting Our Share," Richmond WOMAN, Vol. 1, Issue 4, December 2003, pp. 12-13


Selected Bibliography-- Sexual Harassment (2000)


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