Joe Salas

Director, Membership

Joe Salas is the membership director of development at the Drug Policy Alliance where he works to engage and grow the organization’s membership base. He brings with him close to a decade of experience in nonprofit communications, fundraising and community engagement.

As an urban planner by trade, Joe has a strong interest in creating inclusive, fair and just cities and communities of all sizes. Before joining DPA, Joe worked for a traditional New York City settlement house where he raised awareness and support for a menu of community based social service programs including a methadone maintenance treatment program and chemical dependency program. Prior to that, he served as the External Communications Manager for New York Cares, the city’s leading volunteer management organization, where he developed crisis communications in wake of Hurricane Sandy.

A native of Chicago, Joe has a degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently lives in Brooklyn.