About Sharda Sekaran

Sharda Sekaran manages the communications work of the Drug Policy Alliance, including media relations, publications, events and web.

Sharda has been an active human rights proponent since she was a high school student organizing opposition to budget cuts and inequity in the New York City public education system. She began her professional advocacy career in the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch, monitoring the international weapons trade. Sharda originally joined the Drug Policy Alliance in 2000 to produce programming for Arianna Huffington’s Shadow Conventions, which mirrored the Republican and Democratic Conventions in 2000 and helped put criticism of the drug war in the national spotlight. She served for several years as Associate Director of Public Policy and Community Outreach at DPA. Subsequently, Sharda co-founded a human rights group that works to combat poverty in the United States called the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), and served as Associate Director. She went on to work as a communications consultant with a number of organizations and causes. Sharda served as Director of News and Field Media at GLAAD and Director of Marketing and Communications at Citymeals-on-Wheels. She returned to the Drug Policy Alliance in 2013 as Managing Director of Communications.

Sharda holds an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School with concentrations in strategy and marketing. She earned her undergraduate degree in international relations from Pomona College.

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