Linda Gustitus is President of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Ms. Gustitus has been a member of River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Bethesda, Maryland, for over 20 years. She was cofounder of the Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture in 2006 and was elected President of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture in 2007.
Ms. Gustitus served in the Senate for 24 years as an aide to Senator Carl Levin, Democrat from Michigan. For most of her time in the Senate she was Senator Levin’s Staff Director and Chief Counsel on his Governmental Affairs Committee subcommittee. The subcommittees included: Oversight of Government Management; Federal Services and Nuclear Proliferation; and the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. In 2001, Ms. Gustitus assumed the position of Chief of Staff to Senator Levin. She retired from the Senate in January 2003.
In June 2008 she was appointed to serve on the newly created bipartisan Congressional Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan on which she served for one year.
Ms. Gustitus received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1969 from Oberlin College, Ohio. She has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Washington College of Law, American University, and a lecturer for the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Public Policy. Prior to working in the Senate, she was a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Division, and she served as an assistant state’s attorney in Cook County, Illinois.
She is married, with two children, ages 25 and 29, and permanently resides in Washington, D.C.