Senior Director, Office of Legal Affairs
Tamar Todd directs DPA’s Office of Legal Affairs. She is responsible for developing and overseeing the organization’s legal work as it relates to legislative drafting, policy advocacy, litigation, and public education in local, state and federal jurisdictions.
Todd has particular expertise in marijuana decriminalization, legalization, and regulation, and she co-authored several state and local ballot initiatives and statutes, including Amendment 64 in Colorado and Proposition 64 in California. She has advised on efforts to legalize the production and distribution of marijuana internationally, and she has testified in numerous legislative and government bodies in the United States and abroad on the issue of drug policy and the intersection of state and federal law.
Todd currently serves as the Vice Chair of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control’s Advisory Committee, which was established to assist with the implementation of California’s legalization law. She also teaches a course on Marijuana Law and Policy at U.C. Berkeley School of Law and a course on Drug Law and Policy at U.C. Davis School of Law.
Todd received her B.A. from the University of Vermont and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. After law school, she clerked for the Hon. Emmet Sullivan on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and she spent several years representing death row inmates as a staff attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta.