Andy Ko

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Andy Ko manages the Campaign for a New Drug Policy at the Open Society Foundations.

Ko was founding director of the Drug Policy Reform Project at the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and then joined the national ACLU’s Drug Law Reform Project as State Strategies Counsel. At the ACLU, he pursued legal, political, and public education strategies to challenge local, state, and federal drug policies that cause racial disparities and extraordinary rates of incarceration. Earlier in his career, Ko received a Skadden Fellowship to work with the Homeless Rights Project of the Legal Aid Society of New York City, providing individual and class representation to homeless families with children in foster care. He later provided legal services to low-income people, immigrants and individual members of tribal communities at Columbia Legal Services in northwest Washington State.

He is a graduate of Tufts University and received his law degree from New York University.