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The Transition Team

Two Obama-Biden advisors have been given responsibility for serving as team leaders for review of the O.N.D.C.P. and the nation's drug policy. They are:

Christopher Putala, M.P.P. who is a consultant in Washington, D.C. He served as senior staff on the Senate Judiciary Committee for Chairman Joseph R. Biden, Jr. from 1989 to 1998. From 1999 to 2004 he was Vice President for Congressional Relations at the Cellular Telecom and Internet Association. He established his consulting firm, Pulaski Strategies, in 2004. He served as Executive Vice President for Public Policy at EarthLink, an Internet service provider, from 2005 to 2007.

Donald Vereen, Jr., M.D., M.P.H. who is the Director of Community Based Public Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He was formerly with the Natioanl Institutes of Health, where he developed extra- and intergovernmental collaborations to address drug abuse, addiction, mental illness, and violence. He also helped develop translational and clinical research efforts at NIH to address health disparities and the transfer of research findings to practitioners and the public. From 1998 to 2001, he served as Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Contact Information

If you are interested in conveying your views on this matter to the President-Elect, you can do so through the following webpage:

http://change.gov


After the Inauguration, he may be reached by email at
    comments@whitehouse.gov