Yolande Cadore, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Yolande Cadore, the Drug Policy Alliance's Director of Strategic Partnerships, has worked with grassroots organizations in New York City for more than ten years. Early in her career, she worked for the Working Families Party as a Brooklyn canvasser, and she later worked as an organizer with the grassroots organizing and advocacy group, ACORN. Following her time at ACORN, she spent four years as the lead organizer at New York State Tenants and Neighbors, a statewide housing organization. Recognizing the connections between poverty and environmental degradation, such as low-quality housing and poor health, Yolande joined WE ACT for Environmental Justice, where she was the director of community organizing for six years. In that position, she developed the organization's outreach and advocacy campaigns. Most recently, she was the national field director for The Praxis Project.

Yolande understands the idiosyncrasies of disenfranchised and marginalized communities - and believes that the strategic alignment of individuals and organizations is an important catalyst to effecting long-term social change. At the Drug Policy Alliance, she hopes to further the understanding among traditional and non-traditional allies that - as with all wars - the victims of the war on drugs are human beings. Yolande resides in the Bronx, where she is active in her community as a Young Adult Minister at her local church.