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John P. Walters

Chief Operating Officer

John P. Walters is Chief Operating Officer of Hudson Institute and Director of Hudson Institute Political Studies.

As COO, Mr. Walters oversees the Hudson 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 as 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.

Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence: A Conversation with Alex Berenson February 28 Event

The Ambassadors Series: French Ambassador Discusses the Evolving U.S.-French Relationship

Combating the Opioid Epidemic: Finding Alternatives in Pain Management July 25 Event

The New Peace Agreement in Colombia December 9th Event

Handle with Fear: Fixing a Broken International Postal System September 19th Event

Remarks by Senator Tom Cotton on Crime and Justice in America May 19th Event

Crossroads in Caracas: Strategic Considerations for the U.S. October 6th Event

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Beyond Retrofitting: Innovation in Higher Education

Chavez's Win? Venezuela Post Election

After the Domodedovo Attack: The State of Russian Democracy

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Terrorists, Drug Traffickers, and Gangs in Latin America: Undermining Democracy