My name is Mikayla, and I have 9 years of experience empowering individuals, organizations, and event promoters to reduce risks associated with drug use in their communities.
In college, I became a chapter leader with Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) where I learned how to educate and organize my peers around changing failed drug laws. After graduating from the University of Maryland, I moved to DC and my extracurricular advocacy turned into a career. I now work for a nonprofit that promotes police accountability, alternatives to arrest and incarceration, and evidence-based drug policies.
My work as a drug educator is informed by the way drug issues intersect with history, research, public health, law enforcement, and institutional racism and other forms of prejudice. My approach to drug education runs counter to the traditional abstinence-only, fear-based model and is based on science, practicality, and the unique needs of each client.