Deputy State Director, New York
Melissa Moore brings more than a decade of experience managing media and campaign strategy for progressive nonprofits focused on criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, poverty, community-led international development, and resource rights.
Throughout her career, Melissa has worked toward social change by bridging policy analysis and targeted campaigns with direct engagement, first as part of the Economic and Social Human Rights Program at the Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First, then as the Communications Director for the Oakland Institute, and as Media Outreach Coordinator for The Opportunity Agenda.
She has trained advocates across the country and internationally on effective communications, helping activists leverage their voices and learn how best to target key audiences to move campaigns and policy forward and make a lasting impact. Her work has also included guiding messaging development and framing on a wide range of issues. In tandem with her nonprofit roles, Melissa served as an award-winning editor with Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House.
A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Melissa's experiences growing up in Los Angeles and seeing firsthand the devastation wrought by the War on Drugs motivated her to join the Drug Policy Alliance.