Esmie Tseng is the Communications and Events Associate of the ACLU of Kansas. Prior to joining the ACLU in June 2018, Esmie was the Executive Assistant at Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP), where she managed communications and events, administration, research and reporting, and provided support for the executive director and board of directors. Before MADP, Esmie worked as an accounting assistant, project coordinator, and project manager for Installation and Service Technologies, Inc. (IST), an installation and service company for IT restaurant technologies.
From personal experience witnessing the inner workings of the criminal justice system, Esmie seeks to be part of the social, political, and economic solutions for people impacted by the intersection of racial inequity, poverty, mass incarceration, and political disempowerment.
Esmie received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While at UMKC, she was the Managing Editor of University News, the independent student newspaper, and pushed the publication to cover topics such as the university's handling of a sexual assault on campus, related security concerns, and ongoing budget and tuition issues.
Esmie lives in the Kansas City area with her partner Andrew and their dog Jelly. In her spare time, she trains and competes in powerlifting.