Tamar Todd works on progressive policy reform and ballot initiatives nationwide, with a focus on drug policy and criminal justice policy reform. She has expertise in advocacy, legislative drafting, statewide political campaign strategy, regulatory implementation, and non-profit management in the areas of drug law reform, marijuana law and policy, public health, and criminal justice.
Todd currently teaches marijuana law at Berkeley Law and drug law and policy at UC Davis School of Law. She also serves on the California Cannabis Advisory Committee, which advises the California Bureau of Cannabis Control on the implementation of California’s marijuana legalization law. Todd is the former legal director of the Drug Policy Alliance, where she was responsible for developing and overseeing the organization’s legal work as it related to legislative drafting, policy advocacy, litigation, and public education in local, state and federal jurisdictions.
Todd received her B.A. from the University of Vermont and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. After law school, she clerked for the Hon. Emmet Sullivan on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and she spent several years representing death row inmates as a staff attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta.
years representing death row inmates as a staff attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta.