State Director, New York
Melissa Moore's fifteen years of experience managing media and campaign strategy for progressive nonprofits focused on criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, poverty, community-led international development, and resource rights shape her role at Drug Policy Alliance. Throughout her career, Melissa has worked toward social change by bridging policy analysis and targeted campaigns with direct engagement. She has trained advocates across the country and internationally on effective communications, helping activists leverage their voices to target key audiences to move campaigns and policy forward and make a lasting impact.
Melissa's experiences growing up in Los Angeles and seeing firsthand the devastation wrought by the War on Drugs motivated her to join the Drug Policy Alliance.
Her work at DPA centers on shifting New York's approach to drug policy and repairing the harms that the War on Drugs has caused to individuals and communities, particularly through her work leading the Start SMART campaign to legalize marijuana and contributions to the EndOverdoseNY campaign. She has been invited to give keynotes and has delivered testimony at municipal and state government hearings.
Melissa's expertise and views on drug policy issues have been featured by CNN, The Hill, Forbes, NPR, POLITICO, CBS News, NBC News, NY1, Fox5, Daily News, Newsweek, Times-Union Huffington Post, Gothamist, and more.