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Stephen is the Deputy Executive Director for Programs at the Drug Policy Alliance, the nation’s leading organization promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. The Drug Policy Alliance fights for drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights and seeks to promote dialogue on cutting-edge drug policy issues around the country. Based in Los Angeles, California, he has served as DPA’s California director since 2008, overseeing the organization’s statewide legislative agenda, “model city” initiative in San Francisco, and marijuana policy reform efforts, including advocacy on behalf of Proposition 19 on the 2010 ballot. His wide-ranging media appearances include include NCB Nightly News, CNN, Telemundo, and Fox News as well as in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post and dozens of other outlets. Stephen has worked for cultural and social change organizations in Boston, New York and Los Angeles,. Prior to joining DPA, he served for 8 years as executive director of Outfest, the L.A. based nonprofit devoted to nurturing, exhibiting, and preserving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media. He also previously served as director of develop-ment and communications for the Labor/Community Strategy Center, the L.A based social and environmental justice organization best known for organizing low-income, transit-dependent bus riders. He has served since 2006 on the Community Funding Board of the Liberty Hill Foundation, the leading social change grantmaker in Los Angeles.