CADCA Applauds Confirmation of Benjamin Tucker and David K. Mineta To Office Of National Drug Control Policy Posts
This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed David K. Mineta as the Deputy Director of Demand Reduction for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Benjamin Tucker as the ONDCP’s Deputy Director of State, Local and Tribal Affairs. CADCA commends the Administration for selecting people of this caliber for these critical posts, as both individuals bring a broad range of experience working with communities to prevent substance abuse and to help enforce laws and regulations.
In his new role, Mineta will oversee ONDCP's Office of Demand Reduction, which focuses on promoting drug prevention and drug treatment programs, as well as the agency's newly created focus on programs for individuals in recovery from addiction. Tucker will oversee ONDCP's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program (HIDTA), Drug-Free Communities (DFC), National Youth-Anti-Drug Media Campaign, and Counter-Drug Technology Assessment Center (CTAC). The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) program supports more than 700 community anti-drug coalitions located nationwide. Grants from the DFC program help communities address and respond to their local substance abuse problems.
“These are two very important posts for community anti-drug coalitions across the country and we are thrilled that both Mineta and Tucker have now been officially confirmed,” said Gen. Arthur Dean, CADCA’s Chairman and CEO. “David Mineta has experience working with community-based organizations and understands the need for a community-based approach to substance abuse prevention; and with his background in community policing, Ben Tucker will be a valuable asset to the Drug Free Communities program and I welcome the opportunity to work with both Tucker and Mineta.”
Mr. Mineta brings nearly 20 years of broad, nationally-recognized experience in the design and delivery of effective demand reduction programs. He specializes in working with community-based organizations to reduce demand for substances of abuse, particularly among underserved ethnic, racial and gender communities. Since 1991, he has secured $18,750,000 worth of funding from Federal, state, local government, and private grants.
Mr. Tucker brings 40 years of broad experience in both law enforcement and criminal justice from New York City and Washington D.C. Beginning as Deputy Director of New York's Law Enforcement Services Center, he went on to serve as a senior research associate at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service, as Deputy Director for the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing, and later as chief executive for New York City's Department of Education.