Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting drug policy reform and alternatives to the war on drugs.
Nadelmann was born in New York City and received his BA, JD, and PhD from Harvard University, and a masters degree in international relations from the London School of Economics. He then taught politics and public affairs at Princeton University from 1987 to 1994, where his speaking and writings on drug policy attracted international attention. He authored the book, “Cops Across Borders.”
In 1994, Nadelmann founded the Lindesmith Center, a drug policy institute created with the philanthropic support of George Soros. In 2000, the growing Center merged with another organization to form the Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates for drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. Described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts, Ethan Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad.