As Policy Manager for the DPA New Jersey office, Alex Staropoli works on a variety of drug policy issues with a focus on criminal justice reform.
Staropoli completed her Bachelor of Science in Family Science at the University of Maryland, College Park and her Juris Doctor at the University of Maryland School of Law, where she was the 2012 recipient of the Anne Barlow Gallagher Prize for Service to Children and Youth. While in law school, Staropoli participated in the Community Justice Clinic and held externships at Community Law in Action, the Public Justice Center, and the National Juvenile Justice Network. After law school, Staropoli was the Associate Director of Government and Field Relations for the Coalition for Juvenile Justice in Washington, DC.
Most recently, Staropoli served as the Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst for the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention in Maryland. In this capacity, Staropoli worked on a wide range of criminal justice issues including pretrial justice, substance abuse treatment and overdose prevention, domestic violence, and reentry. While in Maryland, Staropoli also served as a Court Appointed Attorney for indigent defendants at their initial appearance hearings.