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. Before working at MADP, Esmie was 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 Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, graduating cum laude with department honors. While at UMKC, she was the Managing Editor of University News, the independent student newspaper, and helped push the publication into a more serious forum by covering topics such as the university's handling of a sexual assault on campus and related security concerns as well as 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 and, occasionally, runs and rock climbs.