Academy of Lifelong Learning

Jan Elvin

Jan is a writer who has spent most of her career with the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington, DC. She founded and edited the NPP Journal, a quarterly publication of the National Prison Project of the ACLU. While she appreciates most things about writing, she finds the most pleasure in conducting interviews and doing research. Along with her work with the ACLU, Jan has also worked with victims of domestic abuse, and considers advocacy for those without a voice to be her most important endeavor. 

Jan is also the author of The Box from Braunau: In Search of My Father’s War, a memoir published in 2009, which depicts the effects of combat in WWII and the liberation of a concentration camp on her father and his family. In 2011 she and her husband, Al Bronstein, a civil rights attorney with the ACLU, moved to Chestertown. Jan has a son, four step-daughters, and a passel of grandchildren. Today she lives in town with her dog, Nacho, and enjoys biking, writing, genealogy, kayaking, and her WC-ALL classes.