A headshot of Kwanza.


Finance Manager


Human Resouces



Kwanza Downs joined the ACLU of Virginia as the Finance Manager in January 2021.  As Finance Manager, Kwanza is responsible for working across the organization to manage its financial needs and support all stakeholders.  One of her primary goals is to strategically help create a financial structure that will prepare the ACLU of Virginia for future growth.  Kwanza spent the majority of her early career with Altria where she served in many roles including procurement, audit and treasury.  Kwanza received her bachelor of science degree in Accounting from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has a MBA and is a Certified Public Accountant.