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Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President
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As Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, John Walters oversees the Institute's operations, including staff and research management. From December 2001 to January 2009, he was director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and a cabinet member during the Bush Administration.
As the nation's "Drug Czar," Mr. Walters guided all aspects of federal drug policy and programs--supporting efforts that drove down teen drug use 25 percent, increased substance abuse treatment and screening in the healthcare system and dramatically dropped the availability of cocaine and methamphetamine in the U.S. He also helped build critical programs to counter narcoterrorism in Colombia, Mexico, and Afghanistan.
From 1996 until 2001 Mr. Walters served as president of the Philanthropy
Roundtable, a national association of charitable foundations and individual donors. His prior government service included work at ONDCP at its founding in 1989 as chief of staff and later deputy director of supply reduction. He was assistant to the secretary and chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education during the Reagan Administration. He also served in the Division of Education Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1982-1985.
Mr. Walters has taught political science at Michigan State University's James Madison College and at Boston College. He holds a BA from Michigan State University and a MA from the University of Toronto.
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