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Marlene Sallo

Director, Preventing Targeted Violence

Marlene Sallo serves as the Director for Preventing Targeted Violence at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. Prior to joining the McCain Institute, Sallo served as the Executive Director of the Disability Law Center (DLC) of Massachusetts, the Commonwealth’s Protection & Advocacy Agency. Under her leadership, DLC secured a critical victory in federal court that ensured Massachusetts voters with print and visual disabilities could exercise their right to vote privately and independently in the 2020 general election.

Before joining DLC, Sallo served as Deputy Chief of Engagement for the U.S. Countering Violent Extremism Task Force and as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service.  Appointed by President Obama in 2013, she also served as Staff Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Early in her career, Sallo served as an attorney with Florida’s Department of Children & Families and as a civil rights attorney/trainer with the Children’s Law Center, University of South Carolina School of Law.

Sallo has served on multiple Boards and Commissions throughout her career. In 2019, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker appointed her to serve on the Restrictive Housing Oversight Committee and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. She also served as Commissioner on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Sallo graduated with a B.A. from Manhattanville College and a J.D. from Florida State University College of Law.