Gia Mitcham is a Policy Associate at DPA’s New York office. As an associate, Gia works with the State Director to sustain and grow DPA’s legislative and advocacy campaigns in New York on statewide and local levels. She also assists in organizing New York residents and community groups in support of health-centered responses to drug use and the overdose crisis, such as overdose prevention centers, harm reduction programs, and drug decriminalization efforts.
Gia’s passion for policy emerged from a policy and research program she completed as a Young Scholar with the African American Policy Forum (AAPF), where she and her cohort investigated the intersections of spirituality and reproductive choice, reproductive justice in prisons, and educational apartheid. While Gia’s research with the AAPF focused primarily on research and reform recommendations for reproductive healthcare policy, her general interests lie in fixing the structural harm caused by overly punitive policies and the carceral state. Gia also has experience in sociopolitical advocacy and education, serving in several social justice organizations throughout her undergraduate career. She received her B.A. from Boston College in 2023, completing her major in Communication and minors in Marketing and African & African Diaspora Studies.