David Mineta and Benjamin Tucker were confirmed by the Senate this week as deputy directors of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Mineta will oversee the Office of Demand Reduction, which focuses on promoting drug prevention and drug treatment programs, as well as a newly created focus on programs for individuals in recovery from addiction. Mineta specializes in working with community-based organizations to reduce demand for substances of abuse. Since 1991, he has obtained $18,750,000 in federal, state, local government, and private grants. Since 1996, Mineta has worked with Asian American Recovery Services throughout California.
Tucker is now Deputy Director of State, Local and Tribal Affairs. He will oversee the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program (HIDTA), Drug-Free Communities (DFC), National Youth-Anti-Drug Media Campaign, and Counter-Drug Technology Assessment Center (CTAC). Tucker brings 40 years of experience 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.