Tracie Gardner


As Legal Action Center’s Vice President of Policy Advocacy, Tracie directs LAC’s Policy Advocacy work, spearheads major initiatives and fosters strategic partnerships that support LAC’s mission. Tracie has worked more than 30 years in the public health, public policy, and not-for-profit fields as a policy advocate, trainer, and lobbyist. She has led advocacy campaigns that achieved substantial increases in funding and landmark policy reforms in the areas of substance use, HIV, alternatives to incarceration and reentry services, and community and correctional health. She is currently a board member of NEXT Distro and Outreach Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services.

From 2015 to 2017, Tracie served as the Assistant Secretary of Mental Hygiene for New York State where she oversaw the State’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Office of Mental Health, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, and the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prior to her appointment by the Cuomo Administration, Tracie was a key member of the Legal Action Center for more than 14 years, serving as LAC’s Co-Director of Policy. In this role, she conducted and coordinated LAC’s New York State public policy advocacy in the areas of substance use disorders, criminal justice, and HIV and AIDS. Tracie received a BA from Mount Holyoke College.