Melissa Franqui

Manager, Communications and Marketing

Melissa Franqui is the manager of communications and marketing for the Drug Policy Alliance, based in New York. She is responsible for supporting the execution of campaigns with visual components, as well as the development and promotion of the organization’s publications and merchandise. Franqui also manages internal and external branding for DPA’s offices, conferences and events.  She is passionate about social justice and is driven to combat the inequities created by America’s failed war on drugs, particularly in communities of color.

Franqui has ten years of experience in communications strategy and event management. She previously worked as a communications consultant for Housing + Solutions, a grassroots nonprofit serving homeless women in Brooklyn. She also previously served as the director of communications for the Abyssinian Development Corporation, a community-based organization dedicated to the empowerment of Harlem residents through economic development, affordable housing, education and social services. Prior to that, she worked to produce walk-a-thons in Central Park for a breast cancer awareness organization, and began her career at Fordham University’s Development and Special Events Office.

Franqui attended Wellesley College where she majored in English literature and concentrated in Africana studies.