Drug Strategies, created in 1993 with support from major foundations, is a non-profit research institute that promotes more effective drug abuse prevention, education, and treatment.


Our mission is to identify and promote more effective approaches to substance abuse and to increase public understanding of current research on what works and what does not.

Board of Directors


Philip B. Heyman

Board Chair
Harvard Law School Professor
Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General

Mathea Falco

President, Drug Strategies
Former U.S. Secretary of State for International Narcotic Matters


Louise Bryson
Chair Emerita, J. Paul Getty Trust
Charles Kirkwood
President, Shawnee Holding LLC
Marian Wright Edelman
President, Children’s Defense Fund
Dr. A. Thomas McLellan
Former Deputy Director, U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy
James R. Jones
Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Former Member of Congress
Morris Panner
CEO, Ambra Health
Michael Kantor
Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Former U.S. Trade Representative
Marni Vliet
Former President, Kansas Health Foundation
Dr. David A. Kessler
Former FDA Commissioner
Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology
Hubert Williams
Former President, Police Foundation

Former Board Members

Robert Carswell (1928–2016)
Senior Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Dr. Dean Jamison
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington
Charles Ruff (1939–2000)
Former White House Counsel
Dr. Michael Crichton (1942–2008)
Author, Film Director
Mark Kleiman (1951-2019)
Professor of Public Policy, NYU
Chairman, BOTEC Analysis Corporation
Dr. Thomas Schelling (1921–2016)
Nobel Laureate, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland
Neil Goldschmidt
Former Governor of Oregon, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Robert S. McNamara (1916–2009)
Former President, World Bank
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
Herbert Sturz
Senior Advisor, Open Society Foundations
Dr. Avram Goldstein (1919–2012)
Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology, Stanford University
Norval Morris (1923–2004)
University of Chicago Law School
Hope Taft
Co-Founder, Ohio Parents for a Drug-Free Youth
Dr. Pedro José Greer
Florida International University School of Medicine
Dr. Robert B. Millman (1939–2017)
Psychiatrist, New York
Nancy Dickerson Whitehead (1927–1997)
President, Television Corporation of America
Dr. Margaret Hamburg
Former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Former Commissioner of Health, New York City
Howard E. Prunty
Former President, National Association of Black Social Workers
Lee Hamilton
Former Director, The Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.
Alice Rivlin (1931-2019)
Brookings Institution
Former Vice Chair, Federal Reserve

Foundation Support

Drug Strategies has received generous support from the following foundations:


Abell Foundation

The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Bonderman Family Foundation

Carolyn and Kenneth Brody Foundation

The California Endowment

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Cisco Foundation

The Commonwealth Fund

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

Fannie Mae Foundation

Ford Foundation

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

John and Lisa Pritzker Family Fund

John and Louise Bryson Family Fund

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Kansas Health Foundation

Mimi and Peter Haas Foundation

The New York Community Trust

Open Society Foundations

Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Spencer Foundation

Whitehead Foundation

William T. Grant Foundation

Contact Us

2101 L St. NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20037