Kassandra Frederique, Policy Coordinator
Kassandra Frederique is a New York Policy Coordinator at the Drug Policy Alliance. Frederique works to build powerful coalitions in communities devastated by drug misuse and the war on drugs.
Prior to joining DPA, Frederique completed a year-long internship with DPA's State Organizing and Policy Project, served as a social worker in New York City schools and domestic violence clinics, organized workers in Chicago and New Orleans, and worked as a higher education paraprofessional in Ithaca and New York City.
Frederique earned her master's degree in Social Work at Columbia University's School of Social Work, where she specialized in advanced generalist practice, with a focus on contemporary social issues. She previously completed a B.S. in Industrial Labor Relations at Cornell University, with minors in Social Inequalities and Law & Society. While pursuing her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Frederique developed curricula to address social oppression, which were used for more than 4,000 students at both Cornell and Columbia University's student orientations. Her passion for challenging social oppression and inequalities led her to work on ending the drug war – which she believes is the amalgamation of all the issues she has worked on thus far.