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WELCOME

FROM OUR

E XECUTIVE D IRECTOR

Dear SSDP Members and Friends: Since I started as executive director last June, I’ve been  awed by students all over the world.  The energy and  drive I’ve seen is inspiring, not to mention humbling. In the midst of so many positive developments for  our movement, it’s easy to forget that our activists  sometimes face tremendous challenges at the local  level.  Our students start chapters in cities where  talking about legalizing marijuana or ending student  drug testing invites uncomfortable responses with the  average town resident or college administrator. When students from the University of Arkansas SSDP chapter succeeded in passing  a policy that equalized marijuana and alcohol penalties, the school posted the new  policy in residence halls.  Administrators even added the new policy to the student  handbook.  But then just as quickly as they had changed the policy for the better, the  administrators reversed themselves. !"#$%&#"%'#&()#**+,#-(./&)'#&()')0#&()#/%12-3#4%516#(.7)#$)7)'#8))$#/.99)6#2$#&()#:'9&# place.  But when school administrators reneged on the policy, the students held them  accountable. We’re here to honor that sort of commitment and persistence and to offer tools and  concepts that will enhance your efforts. ;<-2&2$=#&(2$=9#.')#(.//)$2$=#.&#**+,>##?)#@59&#%/)$)6#.#$)4#%":-)#2$#A)<2-%#B2&3>## We added more than 100,000 supporters to our e­mail list in 2010, and we ran a  -.C/.2=$#&%#&5'$#%5&#&()#3%5&(#7%&)#2$#B.12"%'$2.#"%'#C.'2@5.$.#1)=.12D.&2%$>##?)#(.7)# some tremendous opportunities to amplify our message of drug policy reform ahead.   June will mark the 40th anniversary of President Nixon declaring the “war on drugs,”  which will invite more media scrutiny and discussion about the failure of the drug war. We speak truth to power and we bring people together.  We create a safe space for  students of all political stripes to have honest conversations. We know that the status  quo doesn’t work and that we’re at the brink of a historic shift, and we’re not afraid to  talk about it. Thank you for being here.  I can’t wait to end the drug war with you! Sincerely,       Aaron Houston Executive Director


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CONTENTS welcome message 

 

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at­a­glance schedule   

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detailed conference agenda  

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presenter biographies 

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area map  

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emergency contact numbers and reference  

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November 2­5, 2011 Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles, CA

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AT - A - G L A N C E S C H E D U L E

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7:00 p.m. ­ 10:00 p.m. Registration (Clarion Inn)

8:00 a.m. ­ 4:30 p.m. Registration (Ballroom) 9:00 a.m. ­ 9:30 p.m. Breakfast (Ballroom)

TH URSDAY S PEAKERS & M EETUP D AY 8:00 a.m. ­ 4:30 p.m. Registration (Ballroom) 9:00 a.m. ­ 10:45 a.m. Coffee, & light breakfast served 11:00 a.m. ­ 5:15 p.m. Tech Station (Ballroom) 11:00 a.m. ­ 12:30 p.m. Breakout Workshops Sessions I

  Option 1 ­ Ask a Campaign Pro (Jiminez)   Option 2 ­ Lobby Meeting Basics (Brent)   Option 3 ­ Chapter Management (Carroll)

9:00 a.m. ­ 6:00 p.m. Exhibitor Booths (Carroll) 9:30 a.m. ­ 10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks (Ballroom) 10:15 a.m. ­ 11:30 a.m. Breakout Workshops Sessions I

  Option 1 ­ Chapter Management (Jiminez)   Option 2 ­ Creative Outreach:                       Using Art for Activism (Brent)

  Option 3 ­ “On the Record” Project (Banneker) 11:45 a.m. ­ 1:00 p.m. Breakout Workshops Session II

  Option 1 ­ Event Planning (Jiminez)   Option 2 ­ Online Organizing 

12:45 p.m. ­ 2:00 p.m. Lunch : State of SSDP Staff Panel

                      (Beginners & Intermediate) (Brent)

2:15 p.m. ­ 3:30 p.m. Region Meetups

  Option 3 ­ Organizing Tactics (Banneker)

  Option 1 ­ West Coast, South, & Mountain Plains (Ballroom)   Option 2 ­ Mid­Atlanic (Jiminez)   Option 3 ­ Northeast (Brent)   Option 4 ­ Midwest (Carroll)

1:00 p.m. ­ 2:30 p.m. Lunch & Back to Our Roots:                        SSDP Timeline

3:45 p.m. ­ 5:15 p.m. Breakout Workshops Sessions II

  Option 1 ­ Just Say Now (Jiminez)   Option 2 ­ Lobby Meeting Basics (Brent)   Option 3 ­ “On the Record” Project (Carroll)

2:45 p.m. ­ 4:00 p.m. Breakout Workshops Sessions III

  Option 1 ­ “On the Record” Project (Jiminez)   Option 2 ­ Online Organizing (Advanced) (Brent)   Option 3 ­ Organizing Tactics (Banneker) 4:30 p.m. ­ 5:30 p.m. Breakout Workshops IV

(Colony Ballroom)

  Option 1 ­ “Chapter Management” (Jiminez)   Option 2 ­ Event Planning (Brent)   Option 3 ­ Ask the Alumni (Banneker)

7:00 p.m. ­ 12:00 a.m. Meet & Greet Reception (Clarion Inn)

5:45 p.m. ­ 6:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m. ­ 6:00 p.m. Congressman Jared Polis (D­CO)

FRIDAY

8:00 p.m. ­ 2:00 a.m. Awards Ceremony and   $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$035347$8,59317$:$;%17.$(Clarion Inn)

L OBBY D AY 7:00 a.m. ­ 8:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee (Clarion Inn) !"##$%&'&$($)"*#$%&'&$+,--.$/%.$0123456$(Clarion Inn Shuttle buses from hotel to Metro Station; Travel by Metro to Capitol Hill

10:00 a.m. ­ 4:00 p.m. Lobby Meetings (Capitol Hill) 4:45 p.m. ­ 5:00 p.m. Group Picture 

Picture will be taken in front of U.S. Capitol Building

8:00 p.m. ­ 10:00 p.m. Alumni Reunion Dinner  Ledo’s Pizza, College Park

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WEDNESDAY 3/16 EAR LY ARRI VA L 7:00 p.m.  –  10:00 p.m. Early Registration   Clarion Inn  8601 Baltimore Avenue  College Park, MD 20740 

Carroll

A must for all chapter leaders and members,  this workshop will provide participants with  practical training in building strong and active  chapters. Learn about organizing and managing  educational campaigns, building a team, working  with volunteers, and most importantly, recruiting  new people to the cause! Stacia Cosner ­ SSDP Staff  Brandon Levey ­ UMD SSDP

12:45 p.m. ­ 2:00 p.m.

THURSDAY 3/17 SPEAKERS & MEETUP DAY 8:00 a.m. ­ 4:30 p.m. Registration Colony Ballroom

9:00 a.m. ­ 10:45 a.m. 

Lunch and State of SSDP  Discussion  Colony Ballroom

Curious about the future of SSDP? Grab a bite to  eat and join us for a panel discussion on the state  of SSDP. SSDP’s staff members will highlight  some of our accomplishments over the past year  including chapter growth, successful campaigns,  new resources and much more!

3:45 p.m. ­ 5:15 p.m.  “On the Record” Project Carroll

Participants will learn about SSDP’s “On the  Record” project and how to effectively elicit  13CD,5C3C$H1,'$3E3973?$,H492%EC$%-,G7$?1G6$ policy at public events like town hall meetings.  This will teach students how to formulate  effective questions, work as a team, and to  IG29JE.$D1,?G93$%5?$GDE,%?$K2?3,C$,H$,H492%EC$ speaking about drug policies. Jonathan Perri ­ SSDP Staff

Just Say Now: Beyond Prop. 19 Jiminez

SSDP recently partnered with the progressive  organizing powerhouse Firedoglake to form  the Just Say Now Campaign aimed at building  massive support for sensible marijuana legislation  and initiatives around the country.  Learn about  Just Say Now and get details on how students  utilized our online phone banking tool and  collected petition signatures during the fall  campaign. 

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Aaron Houston ­ SSDP Staff  Jonathan Perri ­ SSDP Staff  Stacia Cosner ­ SSDP Staff

11:00 a.m. ­ 5:15 p.m.

2:00 p.m. ­ 3:30 p.m. 

Technology Station

Regional Meet Ups

Lobby Meeting Basics

Various Rooms

Brent

Chapters from each region will meet together to  discuss ways to increase communication with  one another and develop strong relationships that  @2EE$25FG3593$9%'D%265C$%5?$A3ED$CD13%?$>>/;$ to nearby college campuses. 

This workshop will provide participants with  best practices techniques for educating  lawmakers. These include meeting preparation,  communication strategies, conveying your  message, and understanding federal and state  laws regarding lobbying practices.

Colony Ballroom 

Colony Ballroom

Sign up to preview a demo of the SSDP   8<=$:$8=>$037%$%5?$'337$@27A$>>/;BC$61%DA29$ designer and webmaster. Learn more about  solidifying your chapter’s online presence, making  the most of social networks, and managing  data with an endless list of advanced tools and  resources. You will also be given the opportunity  to submit your ideas on how to better streamline  your organization. Garret Overstreet ­ SSDP Staff

11:00 a.m. ­ 12:15 p.m. G9F#.#B.C/.2=$#,'%

Northeast  Brent Jason Ortiz, Katharine Celentano, Evan Nison,   Marc Pottak

Mid­Atlantic  Jiminez

Jiminez

Devon Tackels, Irina Alexander, Stefan Reed

Participants will hear from experienced campaign  operatives with diverse campaign tactics and  styles. Presenters will answer questions from  the audience about winning drug policy reform  campaigns.

Midwest 

RJ Bee ­ Hattaway Communications  Jill Harris ­ Drug Policy Alliance

Lobby Meeting Basics  Brent

This workshop will provide participants with  best practices techniques for educating  lawmakers. These include meeting preparation,  communication strategies, conveying your  message, and understanding federal and state  laws regarding lobbying practices. Aaron Houston ­ SSDP Staff

Carroll Angelica Gagliardi, Emily Basham,   Jeremy Orbach

Southern  Ballroom David Aarons, Rob Pfountz

Mountain Plains  Colony Ballroom Christopher Pezza

?)9&#B%.9&  Colony Ballroom Alex Woon

Jane Hamsher ­ Firedoglake  Michael Whitney ­ Just Say Now  Aaron Houston ­ SSDP Staff

Jasmine Tyler ­ Drug Policy Alliance

5:30 p.m. ­ 6:00 p.m.  B1%92$=#H)C.'F9 Colony Ballroom

Congressman Jared Polis (D­CO) is one of the  strongest allies of drug policy reform on Capitol  Hill.  Jared won statewide election in 2000 to the  Colorado Board of Education. During his six­year  tenure, he was a strong advocate for school  reform and enhancing educational opportunities.   In 2008, Jared was elected to the United States  Congress to represent the second Congressional  district of Colorado.  He has the distinction  ,H$-3256$7A3$41C7$,D35E.$6%.$'%5$3E3973?$7,$ Congress as a non­incumbent.   Congressman Jared Polis ­ (D­CO)

7:00 p.m. ­ 11 p.m.  Fundome Meet & Greet Fundome Clarion Inn

L27A$7A3$41C7$?%.$,H$@,1JCA,DC$-3A25?$GCM$27BC$ time to mingle! Join us at the Clarion Inn for a  meet and greet reception with food and cash  bar. Don’t forget your business cards! Ethan  Nadelmann of Drug Policy Alliance will speak.     Ethan Nadelmann ­ Drug Policy Alliance


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D E TA I L E D C O N F E R E N C E AG E N DA 9:30 a.m. ­ 10:00 a.m.

FRIDAY 3/18 7:00 a.m. ­ 8:00 p.m. Breakfast and Pre­Lobbying  Pep Talk

Banneker

Participants will learn about SSDP’s “On  the Record” project and how to effectively  3E2927$13CD,5C3C$H1,'$3E3973?$,H492%EC$%-,G7$ drug policy at public events like town hall  meetings. This will teach students how to  formulate effective questions, work as a  team, and to quickly produce and upload  K2?3,C$,H$,H492%EC$CD3%J256$%-,G7$?1G6$ policies.

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Aaron Houston ­ SSDP Staff

10:15 a.m. ­ 11:30 a.m. B(./&)'#A.$.=)C)$& Jiminez

A must for all chapter leaders and  members, this workshop will provide  participants with practical training in  building strong and active chapters.  Learn about organizing and managing  educational campaigns, building a team,  working with volunteers, and most  importantly, recruiting new people to the  cause!

4:45 p.m. ­ 5:00 p.m. Group Photo

U.S. Capitol Hill Building

Meet in front of the U.S. Capitol Hill  -G2E?256$H,1$%$61,GD$DA,7,&$>D39249%EE.M$@3$ @2EE$'337$%7$7A3$C'%EE$71%H49$9219E3$53%1$7A3$ intersections of First St. SW, First St. NW &  Maryland Ave SW meet.

Jonathan Perri ­ SSDP Staff

8:00 p.m. ­ 10:00 p.m.

B').&27)#K5&').-(L  Using Art in Activism

Alumni Reunion Dinner Ledo’s Pizza

Brent

On Friday evening, SSDP alumni are invited  to Ledo’s in downtown College Park (7308  Yale Ave College Park, MD 20740) for  dinner and drinks.  Come out, swap stories  and celebrate accomplishments.  This  annual tradition always proves to be a huge  SSDP love fest, so don’t miss it!

Are you a talented graphic designer or a  future rock star? Art and activism have  always gone hand in hand and utilizing  your artistic talents is a fun and effective  way to promote your chapter, events and  campaigns. See examples of SSDP’s best  D,C731C$%5?$F.31C$?3C2653?$-.$9A%D731$ leaders (and learn how to make your own)  and get a lesson on SSDP’s AMPLIFY  Project which links our chapters up with  live music artists!

SATURDAY 3/19 ADVOC ACY SKILLS TRAINING DAY

Chris Wallis ­ SSDP AMPLIFY Project  Coordinator  Stefan Reed ­ NVCC SSDP   Garret Overstreet ­ SSDP Staff

8:00 a.m. ­ 4:30 p.m.  Registration Colony Ballroom

9:00 a.m. ­ 9:30 a.m. Colony Ballroom

Chances are good that 2011­2012 will  bring opportunities for your chapter to  work on local, state or national drug policy  reform campaigns ­ don’t be caught  off guard! Join some of SSDP’s most  experienced chapter leaders as they lead  students through this hands­on workshop  during which they will develop actionable  plans for determining and executing  effective educational campaigns.

“On the Record” Project

I'.7)1#&%#B./2&%1#J211#.$6#  Lobby Meetings

Breakfast

After you’ve gotten some breakfast and  coffee, SSDP staff members Jonathan Perri  and Stacia Cosner will kick off the day!

10:15 a.m. ­ 11:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m. ­ 4:00 p.m.

Travel by Metro to Union Station, see maps  for details. Shuttle service is available  from the Clarion Inn to the College Park  Metro station. Lobby meetings will occur at  various times throughout the day. 

Organizing Tactics

Stacia Cosner ­ SSDP Staff  Jonathan Perri ­ SSDP Staff

Clarion Inn

You can’t lobby on an empty stomach.  That’s why we’ve reserved the breakfast  area at the Clarion Inn to ensure you get  all the nutrients needed to bring common  sense to our nation’s drug policies. You’ll  also get last­minute lobbying tips and a  pep­talk from one of the movement’s most  experienced lobbyists.

Opening Remarks Colony Ballroom

LOBBY DAY

10:15 a.m. ­ 11:30 a.m.  Banneker

Jason Ortiz ­ UConn SSDP

11:45 a.m. ­ 1:00 p.m. Event Planning Jiminez

Successful events are a key component of  any SSDP chapter. Events help to increase  your chapter’s visibility, recruit new  members, and educate communities about  your campaigns. Participants will learn  the basics of event promotion, managing  volunteers, working with speakers, and  much more. Brian Wallace ­ MAPS

11:45 a.m. ­ 1:00 p.m. Online Organizing  (Beginning & Intermediate) Brent

Bring your computer and you’ll leave this  session with several online organizing  tools that will make your life as a student  organizer in 2011 much easier.  Session  leaders will explain the basic principles  behind the importance of information  management then walk students through  Q'%2EM$CA%13?$?,9G'357C:4E3C:9%E35?%1CM$ email lists, and Facebook groups & pages. Stacia Cosner ­ SSDP Staff  Drew Stromberg ­ WVU SSDP

11:45 a.m. ­ 1:00 p.m. “On The Record” Project Banneker

Participants will learn about SSDP’s “On  the Record” project and how to effectively  3E2927$13CD,5C3C$H1,'$3E3973?$,H492%EC$%-,G7$ drug policy at public events like town hall  meetings. This will teach students how to  formulate effective questions, work as a  team, and to quickly produce and upload  K2?3,C$,H$,H492%EC$CD3%J256$%-,G7$?1G6$ policies. Aaron Houston ­ SSDP Staff

 


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D E TA I L E D C O N F E R E N C E AG E N DA SATURDAY CONTINUED 1:00 p.m. ­ 2:30 p.m. Lunch & Back to Our Roots:  SSDP Timeline Colony Ballroom

This exciting luncheon will provide  conference attendees with a visual timeline  of SSDP’s history, going all the way back  to 1996 and right up to today! SSDP’s  founders, former executive directors, staff  members and board members will lead this  panel, each representing a different era of  SSDP. Shawn Heller ­ Former SSDP Executive  Director  Eric Sterling ­ SSDP Board Member  Amber Langston ­ Former SSDP Staff  Member  Dan Goldman ­ Former SSDP Staff  Member

2:45 p.m. ­ 4:15 p.m. “On The Record” Project Jiminez

Participants will learn about SSDP’s “On  the Record” project and how to effectively  3E2927$13CD,5C3C$H1,'$3E3973?$,H492%EC$%-,G7$ drug policy at public events like town hall  meetings. This will teach students how to  formulate effective questions, work as a  team, and to quickly produce and upload  K2?3,C$,H$,H492%EC$CD3%J256$%-,G7$?1G6$ policies. Aaron Houston ­  SSDP Staff

2:45 p.m. ­ 4:00 p.m. Online Organizing  (Advanced) Brent

For a deeper look inside the inner workings  of tools for organizing online, join this  expert panel for a discussion on what has  @,1J3?:H%2E3?$25$7A3$D%C7$%5?$@A%7$@3$ should expect in the future of using new  media for social change. Garret Overstreet ­ SSDP Staff  Michael Whitney ­ Just Say Now

2:45 p.m. ­ 4:00 p.m.  Organizing Tactics Banneker

Chances are good that 2011­2012 will  bring opportunities for your chapter to  work on local, state or national drug policy  reform campaigns ­ don’t be caught  off guard! Join some of SSDP’s most  experienced chapter leaders as they lead  students through this hands­on workshop 

during which they will develop actionable  plans for determining and executing  effective educational campaigns. Jason Ortiz­ UConn SSDP

4:30 p.m. ­ 5:30 p.m.  B(./&)'#A.$.=)C)$& Jiminez

A must for all chapter leaders and  members, this workshop will provide  participants with practical training in  building strong and active chapters.  Learn about organizing and managing  educational campaigns, building a team,  working with volunteers, and most  importantly, recruiting new people to the  cause! Stacia Cosner ­ SSDP Staff

4:30 p.m. ­ 5:30 p.m. Event Planning Brent

Successful events are a key component of  any SSDP chapter. Events help to increase  your chapter’s visibility, recruit new  members, and educate communities about  your campaigns. Participants will learn  the basics of event promotion, managing  volunteers, working with speakers, and  much more. Jonathan Perri ­ SSDP Staff  Brian Wallace ­ MAPS

4:30 p.m. ­ 5:30 p.m.  Ask the Alumni Banneker

Do you have general questions about  SSDP? Ever wonder how SSDP looks on  your resume? Concerned that your chapter  might not last after you graduate? We’ve  assembled a panel of some of SSDP’s best  alumni who will answer your questions and  provide you with advice to help build active  and long lasting chapters. Mischa Steiner ­ SSDP Alum, Brown  University  Victor Pinho ­ SSDP Alum, University of  Maryland College Park  Jason Matthys ­ SSDP Alum, Northern  Virginia Community College  Amanda Stauble ­ SSDP Alum, University  of Connecticut

5:45 p.m. ­  6:15 p.m.  B1%92$=#H)C.'F9 Colony Ballroom

SSDP’s executive director will conclude  7A3$3K357$@27A$%$H3@$45%E$7A,G6A7C&$$L27A$ highlights over the last year and a look at  things to come, be sure to join us as we  draw a close to our largest conference yet. Aaron Houston ­ SSDP Staff

8:00 p.m. ­ 2:00 a.m. G4.'690#B)')C%$30#E)$):&# B%$-)'&M,.'&3 Clarion Inn

RA3$S#TT$>>/;$035347$8,59317$N$U@%1?C$ Dinner is where we celebrate the incredible  work of some of our best chapters and  activists from around the country. It’s also  a raging party with live music from SSDP  AMPLIFY artist Roots of Creation! Be sure  to come hungry because we’ll have lots of  delicious food. Cash bar.

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David Aarons is a freshman at Florida Atlantic University. He currently leads the FAU chapter of SSDP/NORML. He enjoys creating positive social change and being a thorn in the side of his university’s administration. He’s not easily discouraged by much. Irina Alexander is chair of Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s board of directors. This past summer, she worked as an outreach intern at Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS) in Washington, DC and graduated magna cum laude in December 2010 at the University of Maryland as a criminology & criminal justice major with a minor in black women’s studies. Emily Basham is a junior at the University of Michigan in the Environmental Studies program. She is currently the Executive Director for the chapter there and has enjoyed being Assistant Executive Director and Secretary for the chapter in the past two years. Katharine Celentano studies neuroscience and economics at Columbia University with the intention of eventually working in policy development. A November SSDP Chapter Leader of the Week, she also coordinates the undergraduate chapter of the inter­school Columbia University Harm Reduction Outreach Network (CUHRON) and serves on the Young Professionals Board (YPB) of the Washington Heights CORNER Project (WHCP), a New York City syringe exchange. Stacia Cosner is an associate director with SSDP. Stacia served as President of the University of Maryland SSDP chapter from 2006­2008. Under her leadership, the chapter received SSDP’s “Outstanding Chapter Award” in 2006 and led successful campaigns to reduce sanctions for marijuana violations and adopt a Good Samaritan policy. She served a two­year term on SSDP’s board of directors and was

given SSDP’s “Rising Star Award” in 2006, and “Outstanding Student Activist Award” in 2007. Angelica Gagliardi co­founded the SSDP chapter at Kent State University in the Fall of 2008. Since, she has served on the board as Vice President and Treasurer and helped the chapter pass a Good Samaritan Policy on campus. She is currently in her last semester at Kent and serving as SSDP’s Ohio State Coordinator. Dan Goldman served on SSDP’s staff as Director of Outreach and Alumni from August 2005 to May 2006. Prior to joining the staff, he served on the Board of Directors as both a student in 2000 and a non­student from 2001 to 2003. In December 2007, he was honored with SSDP’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” and currently he is pursuing a master’s degree in secondary social studies education at The City College of New York. Jane Hamsher is the founder of !"#$%&'()#*+%,-.(.'#($/0&.1"%&"#22/3#. blog. Her work has appeared on The Daily Beat, AlterNet, The Nation and The American Prospect. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, PBS and the BBC and is the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct. Jane and FDL partnered with SSDP to launch the Just Say Now Project in 2010. Jill Harris is an advocacy and campaign professional in the greater New York City area. She received an undergrad degree at Harvard University then went on to New York University where she received her law degree. Most recently serving as the Ohio Early Vote director at the Barack Obama Campaign for Change. But most importantly she is the Managing Director for Public Policy at the Drug Policy Alliance Network. Shawn A. Heller is a founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy,

who also served as SSDP’s Executive Director from 2000 through 2003. Shawn is a member of SSDP’s Counsel of Advisers. Currently, Shawn resides in Miami, FL, and works as a civil rights attorney for the Florida Justice Institute. Aaron Houston is executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Named a “Rising Star of Politics” by Campaigns & Elections’ Politics Magazine in 2008, Aaron is a nationally recognized expert on drug policy, having played a key role in pushing the Department of Justice to formally issue written guidelines on medical marijuana state laws in October 2009. Aaron has appeared on NBC’s Today show, The Colbert Report, FOX News, CNN, and NPR, and his efforts on Capitol Hill were chronicled in a 2007 Showtime original documentary, In Pot We Trust. Amber Iris Langston is a former student leader, board member, national outreach director and international spokesperson for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Amber recently worked (2.(.!#'$.+%024'5(05.6%".7,#"/+(02. for Safe Access in Oakland, CA, and as media liaison for Proposition 19, the Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 in California. Amber is currently moving to Kansas City, Missouri, where she will be working full­time in her home state on local marijuana policy and property rights. Brandon Levey is currently a Junior studying history, philosophy, and Israel Studies at the University of Maryland, and is the Co­President of the SSDP chapter there. Before college, Brandon volunteered and studied in Israel for 8.,%0592.(0$.:(2.(.!#'$.%"&(0/;#". staffer for the Democratic Party in New Hampshire before the election in 2008. Jason Matthys is an alumni of Northern Virginia Community College where he founded an SSDP chapter in 2009. In his 2 years as SSDP Chapter President he helped build one of the most active chapters in


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ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS the country and organized numerous events including the DC Marijuana March. He has served SSDP as an intern in Washington DC and also as the AMPLIFY Project Coordinator. Currently Jason works as a medical cannabis patient advisor for Harborside Health Center in Oakland, California. Dr. Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. As one of the most respected critics of US and international drug control policies, his /0<4#05/('."%'#.:(2.0%5#$.=>.?%''/0&. Stone Magazine, which called him “the point man” for drug­policy­reform efforts. Dr. Nadelmann received his BA, JD and PhD from Harvard, a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics, and taught politics and public affairs at Princeton University from 1987 to 1994. Evan Nison is a junior business major at Ithaca College where he serves are President the school’s SSDP chapter. He also co­founded NY Cannabis Alliance, is the Ballot Initiative Coordinator for NORML NJ, worked in California for the Yes on 19 campaign as the Statewide Campus Organizer, and was High Times’ “Freedom Fighter of the Month” in their April 2011 issue.

rallies and acts of civil disobedience. Ortiz has worked on many issues %59#".59(0.$"4&.1%'/+>.24+9.(2.!&95/0&. tuition hikes, anti­war protests, pushing 6%".40/3#"2('.9#('59+("#-.!&95/0&.5%. preserve student free speech rights, and many others. Garret Overstreet is the webmaster and graphic designer for Students for Sensible Drug Policy and several other drug law reform organizations, coast­ to­coast. Garret is also the founder and President of Tulsa NORML, working to reform marijuana laws in the state of Oklahoma. He has worked on several campaigns across the nation since 2005 and was High Times’ “Freedom Fighter of the Month” in June 2010. Jonathan Perri currently serves as associate director with SSDP and is based in San Francisco, CA. Jon earned his B.A. in Psychology from Franklin Pierce University, where he founded an SSDP chapter. He was given SSDP’s Outstanding Activist Award in 2006. Before joining SSDP’s staff, he worked as a college coordinator for LEAP and also as a substance abuse counselor for teens in a residential treatment program with Phoenix House, one of the largest treatment providers in the country.

Jeremy Orbach founded the Northern Illinois University chapter of SSDP in March, 2010, and was President until this semester. Jeremy worked with the SSDP Board of Directors and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) to force the administration to reinstate the chapter /0.(++%"$(0+#.:/59.59#.!"25.(,#0$,#05. following SSDP being banned from NIU’s campus.

Chris Pezza is currently SSDP’s Colorado State Coordinator, opening communication channels and providing support to chapters around the state. Chris has founded and led two SSDP chapters in Colorado and is currently pursuing a degree in business administration and computer information systems at the University of Northern Colorado.

Jason Ortiz is a member of the SSDP board of directors and the current chair of the Outreach, Recruitment, Diversity committee. Jason has worked on numerous campaigns from running for state representative in 2010 to organizing conferences, concerts,

RJ Bee is a Director at Hattaway Communications, and has 10 years of experience in policy research, political communications and media relations. He has conducted research, developed messages, and designed communications campaigns for a wide

range of clients, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, Connect To Learn, U.S Composting Council, and the New England Clean Energy Council. Before joining Hattaway, RJ worked at Schwartz Communications and Hill & Knowlton, executing communications plans for companies large and small, including HP and Borrego Solar. Rob Pfountz is the former President of the University of Arkansas SSDP chapter, Rob was awarded SAFER’s 2010 Outstanding Student Activism Award for leading a successful initiative campaign to equalize student penalties for marijuana and alcohol on campus. He has taken on his new role as Arkansas SSDP State Coordinator by starting up new chapters, and assisting Arkansans for Compassionate Care’s effort to place medical marijuana on the Arkansas ballot in 2012. Victor Pinho has been actively involved in drug policy reform since co­founding the NORML and SSDP chapters at the University of Maryland in 2004. Currently serving as the SSDP’s New Jersey Chapter Coordinator, he provides guidance and assistance to chapters in the Garden State and coordinates statewide initiatives. Victor is also a Community Organizer with Coalition for Medical Marijuana of New Jersey. Marc Pottak is in his third year at SUNY New Paltz, where he is Co­ President of SUNY New Paltz SSDP. He is originally from Farmingdale, NY on Long Island, he got involved with SSDP his freshman year, and hopes to work with them for quite a while. Stefan Reed is the chapter president of SSDP at Northern Virginia Community College (SSDP NOVA). He’s been involved with SSDP since the Fall of 2009. He’s an art education major and plans to minor /0.0%0@1"%!5.,(0(&#,#05*..A0$#".9/2. leadership, the NOVA SSDP chapter has consistently been toward one


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of the leading schools the Just Say Now campus challenge by collecting thousands of signatures. Amanda Catherine Stauble graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2009 with a degree in Political Science and a love for community organizing and activism thanks to her involvement with SSDP, Human Rights organizations, and the Women’s Center. She now co­owns and operates a freedom focused, tech cafe in New Paltz, NY called Slash Root Technology Collective where clients can sip on organic coffee in a relaxed environment :9/'#.59#/".+%,145#"./2.=#/0&.!B#$.%". their website is being designed. Eric E. Sterling is a member of SSDP’s board of directors and is the President of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. He has organized, or participated in, almost every kind of nonviolent protest action and political (+5/3/5>-.#B+#15."400/0&.6%".%6!+#*. A former criminal defense lawyer, and counsel to the House Judiciary Committee (1979­1989), he has been an advocate for sensible drug policies in many arenas for 35 years. Drew Stromberg is the founder and president of the West Virginia University chapter of SSDP. A longtime advocate of social media, Drew started the WVU chapter almost entirely on Facebook. He was the Technology C05#"0.(5.DDEFG2.0(5/%0('.%6!+#.'(25. summer and now he works as Social Media Manager for a consulting company in Morgantown.

Devon Tackels is founder and President of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Devon worked as an outreach intern 6%".59#.0(5/%0('.DDEF.%6!+#.59/2.1(25. summer, and was awarded the SSDP “Rising Star” activist award at our international conference last March.

Jasmine Tyler works as a federal lobbyist with the Drug Policy Alliance. She has worked directly on increasing access to substance abuse treatment, eliminating both the Washington, DC, and federal bans on syringe exchange funding, equalizing the penalties for crack and powder cocaine, eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing, and repealing laws that amount to collateral sanctions for felony drug convictions such as the loss of voting rights and public assistance. She received a B.S. in sociology from James Madison University and an M.A. in sociology from Brown University.

Brian Wallace is the Director of Development for The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Brian studied neuroscience, philosophy, and medical sociology at Cabrillo College and UC Santa Cruz, where he founded the school’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter and served as President from 2007­2009. Brian coordinates individual donations of assets and income, special event production and sponsorship opportunities, volunteer recruitment and training, and various educational and outreach­oriented endeavors.

Mischa Steiner began his journey into drug policy reform in an unusual way: he grew up in Mendocino County, California, where cannabis makes up a larger part of the economy than the top three legal industries combined. He then left California for four years to study Political Science at Brown University, where he served as the president of his SSDP chapter, and interned at the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, where he taught patients how to cultivate their own medicine. Upon graduation, he moved back to California to work in the cannabis industry. Mischa currently resides in Oakland, works for the H(:.I6!+#2.%6.J(,#2.7059%0>.(0$. Harborside Health Center, and it the vice chair of SSDP’s national board of directors.

Chris Wallis is SSDP’s AMPLIFY Project Coordinator and co­founder of Kent State SSDP. When he is not helping to end the Drug War through music, he engages in photo­ storytelling, plays music, and is a senior photojournalism major at Kent State University.

Congressman Jared Polis represents Colorado’s second congressional district. He currently serves on the House Rules Committee and the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and is a Democratic Caucus Regional Whip. He is a charter member and vice­chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Coalition, the Chair of the Immigration task­force of the Progressive Caucus, and an honorary Co­Chair of Third Way. Polis is also a successful innovator and entrepreneur, having founded several successful internet companies.

Michael Whitney directs the digital strategy of Firedoglake.com and Just Say Now. He previously managed online campaigns with the Service Employees International Union on '#&/2'(5/3#.(0$.!0(0+/('."#6%",./224#2*. Michael got his start in online politics as the founder of Generation Dean, the youth organizing arm of Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. Alexander Woon founded the San Jose State SSDP chapter in 2008, and has since worked with various drug policy reform organizations such as Americans for Safe Access and the Oakland Civil Liberties Alliance in the Bay Area. In November 2010, he also assisted with the Proposition 19 campaign, which increased public opinion to the tipping point in favor of Marijuana Legalization. He currently serves on the SSDP Board of Directors, and will continue to support SSDP chapter growth & Marijuana Legalization initiatives in the West Coast Region.


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