Melody Lee, Policy Associate
Melody Lee is a policy associate for the Drug Policy Alliance’s New York policy office. Her interest in drug policy reform stems from her passion for combating racial injustice and systems of oppression.
Prior to becoming a policy associate at DPA, she was a public policy intern with DPA’s New York policy office. Lee has also interned with the Center for Community Alternatives, where she advocated for alternatives to incarceration for youth in Brooklyn Family Court, as well as with Brandworkers International, where she worked to empower food and retail workers to fight for unpaid wages and improved working conditions.
Lee currently works with churches, high schools, and grassroots organizations from across the country to screen the Sundance award-winning documentary The House I Live In. She utilizes the film as an advocacy tool for local drug policy reform campaigns, increasing discourse around ineffective drug policies that perpetuate institutional racism.
Lee received a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in public policy and psychology.