Mathea Falco is President of Drug Strategies, a nonprofit research Institute based in Washington, D.C., which she created in 1993 with the support of major foundations. Ms. Falco is a graduate of Radcliffe College and Yale Law School. The author of The Making of a Drug-Free America: Programs That Work (Times Books) and numerous articles, Ms. Falco comments frequently on drug policy in the media and in public speeches across the country.

Ms. Falco is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Criminal Justice at the Harvard Law School as well as an Associate Professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College Department of Public Health in New York. From 2005-2007, Ms. Falco was a Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Until1993, she was Director of Health Policy, Department of Public Health, Cornell University Medical College in New York City. From 1977 to 1981, Ms. Falco was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters. In earlier positions, she served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Juvenile Delinquency Subcommittee, and as Special Assistant to the President of the Drug Abuse Council.

Ms. Falco has been a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University, a Trustee of Radcliffe College, and the Chair of the Visiting Committee on Harvard University Health Services. She also has served on the national boards of Girl Scouts, USA; Big Brothers of America; the International Women's Health Coalition; the International Center for Research on Women; the Ploughshares Fund; the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and the Board of Directors of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund. She is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Youth Law and the Treatment Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

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