Brittany Macaluso

Policy and Advocacy Director


Brittany graduated from Columbia University with her Master of Social Work with a policy practice track and a concentration in contemporary social issues. She also holds a Bachelors of Social Work with a minor in sociology from Monmouth University.

During her time at Columbia she was a leader of the Mental Health Caucus. Where space was held in the community for mindfulness, and safe and open conversations.

She was the recipient of two awards during her time as an undergrad, the first being Monmouth University Program for Gender and Intersectionality Studies 2019-2020 Award, affectionately called the ‘Giraffe Award’ given for sticking one’s neck out for gender and racial inclusivity. The second award was Monmouth University School of Social Work Dean’s Leadership Award 2021 from Dean Mama for showing leadership within the school and various leadership positions throughout undergrad.

During her time at Monmouth, she was inducted into the Phi Alpha Social Work Honors Society and served as the president of the social work society where she successfully organized two teach in’s. One was about the opioid crisis and the other was about the social issues that were brought to light during the pandemic. The event successfully reached 13 states with people logging in to listen from different time zones.

Brittany hopes to use her policy analysis to uplift and advocate for underserved communities. Her particular advocacy and policy interests lie in prison reform and the intersection with mental illness and how it is criminalized.

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