Queen Adesuyi is a policy manager at the Drug Policy Alliance’s National Affairs office in Washington, D.C., where she works to advance several of DPA’s legislative priorities on the federal level, including marijuana legalization with a racial justice focus, drug decriminalization, and eliminating collateral consequences for drug use and previous convictions. She also advocates for equity/racial justice in plans for the District of Columbia’s emerging marijuana industry, in addition to advancing overdose prevention measures and harm reduction in the District.
While at DPA, Queen saw through the introduction of the Marijuana Justice Act, Congress’ first marijuana reform bill that addressed racial justice and justice reform issues. She helped convene and co-leads the Marijuana Justice Coalition. Under her co-leadership, the Marijuana Justice Coalition has worked on the introduction and the historic passage of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment & Expungement (MORE) Act by the U.S. House of Representatives in the 116th Congress. The Coalition continues to work to see the continued improvement of the MORE Act and its successful reintroduction and movement through both chambers of Congress.
Adesuyi, a first-generation Nigerian-American who hails from the Morris Heights section of the Bronx, is an alumna from Georgetown University, where she majored in American Studies. Prior to joining DPA, Adesuyi worked with the Georgetown University Prisons and Justice Initiative and the National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens. She also successfully completed internships at the Office of Congressman Jose E. Serrano (D-NY), Mic.com, and the New York Times.