Melissa Fitzgerald | ASAP Ambassador
In November of 2013, Melissa Fitzgerald joined the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) as senior director of Justice For Vets. She has recently expanded her role as director of NADCP’s newly launched Advancing Justice, a global initiative to lead justice reform.
As an actor, Ms. Fitzgerald is best known for her seven-year role as Carol on the award-winning television series The West Wing. She is also widely recognized as an advocate for people in need. She co-founded Voices in Harmony, a theater-focused mentoring organization for underserved teens. She then took Voices in Harmony to war-torn northern Uganda to work with former abducted child soldiers, an effort that resulted in the award-winning documentary After Kony: Staging Hope. She is also the co-executive producer of Halfway Home, a film that profiles several returning veterans as they share their struggles reintegrating after experiencing the trauma of war.
Ms. Fitzgerald is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a guest lecturer at universities all over the country and has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post and the book The Enough Moment by John Prendergast and Don Cheadle. She has made numerous media appearances on behalf of NADCP and Justice For Vets, including Hardball with Chris Matthews, Morning Joe, CBS Sunday Morning and NPR. In 2017, she received the Secretary of the Army’s Public Service Medal.