NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Partnership at Drugfree.org, the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to finding evidence-based solutions to adolescent substance use disorders, announced the election of Alan Hoffman to its Board of Directors.
Alan Hoffman is Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs for PepsiCo, managing public policy and government affairs activities worldwide. Recently serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States Joe Biden and Deputy Assistant to the President, Hoffman was responsible for long-term planning and day-to-day operations of the vice president's office. Prior to that, Hoffman served as the Chief of Staff to Senator Biden from 1998 to 2003, and again from 2006 to 2008. He was also senior presidential campaign advisor and chief operating officer to Vice President Biden during the transition following the 2008 presidential election.
"Throughout his career, Alan has been a steadfast advocate for families struggling with addiction. We are grateful for his unwavering commitment to ensuring that substance abuse prevention, treatment and research were a federal policy priority," said Steve Pasierb, President & CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. "We anticipate Alan will play an instrumental role in helping to both chart and implement our future government affairs strategy, aid in efforts toward building advocacy and assist in our united efforts to broaden the base of corporate and foundation support vital to sustaining the important work of The Partnership."
"It has been my great fortune to work with Steve and his dedicated and talented team in preventing, treating and researching substance abuse for more than a decade," said Hoffman. "I look forward to continuing this important relationship as a member of the Board."
Hoffman previously served as senior vice president for external relations for the University of California (UC), directing strategy, communications, marketing, advocacy, government relations, fundraising and community relations for the 10 campuses, five medical centers and three national labs that comprise the UC system. He spent time as a federal prosecutor; partner at Timmons & Company, a Washington, D.C. government relations and consulting firm; and as vice president for external relations at the RAND Corporation. He worked on health policy issues in the Clinton White House earlier in his career.
"It is an honor to have Alan join our board and lend his energy and expertise during an exciting time of opportunity and change in the addiction field," said Pat Russo, Chairman of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. "We take very seriously the role of our board not only from a governance perspective, but also rely on each individual to take a personal stake in helping to advance The Partnership's life-saving mission. Alan's perspective and good counsel will be invaluable to me as Chairman, to our board and our executive team."
Hoffman holds a J.D. and a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California and a B.A. degree from Lafayette College.
About The Partnership at Drugfree.org
Ninety percent of addictions start in the teenage years. The Partnership at Drugfree.org is dedicated to solving the problem of teen substance abuse. Together with experts in science, parenting and communications, the nonprofit translates research on teen behavior, addiction and treatment into useful and effective resources for both individuals and communities. Working toward a vision where all young people will be able to live their lives free of drug and alcohol abuse, The Partnership at Drugfree.org works with parents and other influencers to help them prevent and get help for drug and alcohol abuse by teens and young adults. The organization depends on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and the public sector and is thankful to SAG-AFTRA and the advertising and media industries for their ongoing generosity. If you or someone you know is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, please call The Parents Toll-Free Helpline at 1-855-DRUGFREE.
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