Managing Director, Policy
Widney Brown is the Drug Policy Alliance’s Managing Director of Policy, overseeing work at the state and national level promoting drug policies that are compassionate, based in science and uphold the human rights of people who use drugs.
Prior to joining DPA, Brown was the Director of Programs at Physicians for Human Rights where she oversaw the organization’s research, documentation and training projects with a particular focus on Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Syria. She writes extensively on human rights issues, recently publishing an article on the intersection of social justice and human rights. Previously Brown was the Senior Director for International Law and Policy at the Secretariat of Amnesty International in London where she was responsible for the organization’s legal analysis, policy development, and advocacy. Brown held a variety of positions, including deputy program director, at Human Rights Watch from 1997 through 2005.
Brown received her B.A. from the George Washington University and her J.D. from the New York University School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar.