Tracie Gardner

    Tracie is the vice president of policy advocacy for the Legal Action Center. She has worked for almost 30 years in the public health, publicy policy and not-for-profit fields as an advocate, trainer and lobbyist. She has led advocacy campaigns that won substantial increases in funding for substance use, HIV, and alternatives-to-incarceration and reentry services, as well as achieving landmark HIV confidentiality and testing legislation and criminal justice reforms.

    From 2015-2017, Tracie served as the assistant secretary of Mental Hygiene for New York State, where she oversaw the state’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Office of Mental Health, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, and the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.



    To Address Addiction, Confront Racism in Our Health and Justice Systems

    It’s widely documented that decades of punitive criminal justice and drug policies have led ...