Alison Holcomb is Drug Policy Director for the ACLU of Washington State. She develops and implements strategies aimed at replacing over-reliance on criminal sanctions with approaches that treat drug use as a public health concern and at the same time respect civil liberties, reduce incarceration, and promote racial justice. Her work includes public education, policy advocacy, and litigation. Before joining the ACLU in 2006, she was a trial lawyer for thirteen years.
Alison is a past vice-president of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and former chair of the Legal Frameworks Group of the King County Bar Association's Drug Policy Project. She has served on the Seattle City Council's I-75 Marijuana Policy Review Panel and its Jail Capacity Study Advisory Group, which examined the impact of alternative approaches to low-level drug offenses on jail use.
Alison received her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.