Stephanie Polito is the program manager for DPA's public policy program. She is responsible for supporting the internal operations of the program, including developing systems that foster communication and collaboration, managing regular retreats and meetings, and coordinating the development of content for the bi-annual International Drug Policy Reform Conference.
In her prior role within the organization, Polito served as program associate for the Drug Policy Alliance’s advocacy grants program, supporting the organization’s grant-making efforts and managing the National Scholarships Program for the bi-annual International Drug Policy Reform Conference. Prior to joining DPA, Polito worked as a clinical interviewer for the Institute for Social and Psychiatric Initiatives, a research project run by the NYU School of Medicine, administering diagnostic assessments to individuals with mental illnesses hospitalized at Bellevue Hospital.
She previously interned with the Mental Health Court Advocacy Program in Brooklyn, a pre-arraignment diversion program for individuals with mental illness. She also volunteers with the Crime Victims Treatment Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and is certified as a rape crisis counselor in the state of New York.
Polito received a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Loyola University Maryland in 2006 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.