Widney Brown

Widney Brown is the incoming managing director of the Drug Policy Alliance. Previously, she was director of programs at Physicians for Human Rights, where she oversaw research, investigations, monitoring and evaluation, documentation, advocacy, and capacity-building projects.

Prior to joining Physicians for Human Rights, Brown served as the senior director for international law and policy at Amnesty International’s Secretariat in London and was responsible for the strategic litigation program, standard-setting initiatives, the international justice program, advocacy in global and regional intergovernmental settings, and policy development. Brown previously worked at Human Rights Watch for nine years during which time she served in a variety of roles, including as a deputy program director.

Brown holds a BA from the George Washington University and a JD from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar.