Ismail Lourido Ali
Policy & Advocacy Counsel – MAPS
Ismail is Policy & Advocacy Counsel for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), where he advocates to eliminate barriers to psychedelic therapy and research, develops and implements legal and policy strategy, and coordinates support for clinical research in Latin America. He also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Students for Sensible Drug Policy and sits on the Steering Committee of the Ayahuasca Defense Fund. Ismail has also worked for Muslim Advocates, the ACLU of Northern California’s Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Project, and the International Human Rights Law Clinic at Berkeley Law. Ismail earned his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2016, after receiving his Bachelor’s in Philosophy from California State University, Fresno, in 2012. Ismail believes that legal access to psychedelics is an essential part of a progressive drug policy paradigm.