Interim Managing Co-Director, Operations and Director, Grants and Partnerships
Stephanie Polito is the director of grants and partnerships. She is responsible for ensuring the program’s staff is set up to deliver on important strategic goals over the short and long term by developing and implementing systems that foster collaboration and streamline work. She also manages the department’s regular retreats and meetings and oversees the development of content for the bi-annual International Drug Policy Reform Conference.
Polito received a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Loyola University Maryland and continued her education in New York, receiving a Master’s Degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in mental health law from New York Law School. Prior to joining DPA and while pursuing her graduate degrees, Polito advocated for people with mental illnesses and survivors of interpersonal violence as they navigated various stages of the criminal justice system, including working with the Mental Health Court Advocacy Program in Brooklyn, a pre-arraignment diversion program for people with mental illness, and with the Crime Victims Treatment Center at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital as a certified rape crisis counselor.