Queen Adesuyi

Senior Manager, National Policy

Queen Adesuyi (she/her) is a Senior Manager of National Policy for Drug Policy Alliance’s National Policy team, working to advance criminal legal and policing reform - including drug decriminalization - across the country. In addition to providing campaign and policy advocacy support nationally, she leads the #DecrimPovertyDC campaign, which is a grassroots, legislative campaign seeking to decriminalize drugs in the District, and radically invest in a harm reduction infrastructure to address the health and well-being of people who use drugs. 

Since 2016, Adesuyi has worked to advance several of DPA’s legislative priorities on the local, national, and federal levels, including marijuana legalization with a racial justice focus, drug decriminalization, and eliminating collateral consequences for drug use and previous convictions. While at DPA, Adesuyi 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-led the Marijuana Justice Coalition. Under her co-leadership, the Marijuana Justice Coalition 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. Adesuyi also laid the groundwork for and saw through the introduction of the first drug decriminalization bill in Congress on the 50th anniversary of when President Nixon declared the War on Drugs. Locally, Adesuyi relentlessly worked to decriminalize possession and community-based organization distribution of drug paraphernalia in D.C., in order to expand access to harm reduction tools - such as safer smoking and snorting kits - previously criminalized as paraphernalia. 

Adesuyi, a first-generation Nigerian-American who hails from the Morris Heights section of the Bronx, is an alumna from Georgetown University (C’16), where she majored in American Studies. Adesuyi sits on the Mirror Memoirs board, where she supports a growing abolitionist organization led by other queer and trans child sexual violence survivors committed to ending the phenomenon without relying on cages. 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.