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John P. Walters

Chief Operating Officer

John P. Walters is Chief Operating Officer of Hudson Institute and Director of Hudson Institute Political Studies.

As COO, Mr. Walters oversees the Hudson Institute’s operations, including staff and research management. From December 2001 to January 2009, he was director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and a cabinet member during the Bush Administration.

As the nation’s “Drug Czar,” Mr. Walters guided all aspects of federal drug policy and programs—supporting efforts that drove down teen drug use 25 percent, increased substance abuse treatment and screening in the healthcare system and dramatically dropped the availability of cocaine and methamphetamine in the U.S. He also helped build critical programs to counter narcoterrorism in Colombia, Mexico, and Afghanistan.

From 1996 until 2001, Mr. Walters served as President of the Philanthropy Roundtable, a national association of charitable foundations and individual donors. His prior government service included work at ONDCP, at its founding in 1989 as Chief of Staff, and later as Deputy Director of Supply Reduction. He was Assistant to the Secretary and Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Education during the Reagan Administration. He also served in the Division of Education Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1982-1985.

Mr. Walters has taught political science at Michigan State University’s James Madison College and at Boston College. He holds a BA from Michigan State University and a MA from the University of Toronto.

In the Media

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John Walters on Converations with Bill Kristol, May 21, 2017

John Walters on Converations with Bill Kristol, May 21, 2017

John Walters on the Seth and Chris Show, May 16, 2017

John Walters on the Seth and Chris Show, May 16, 2017

Former drug czar reacts to Justice Department's new policy, Fox News, May 14, 2017

Former drug czar reacts to Justice Department's new policy, Fox News, May 14, 2017

On the Confirmation Hearing of Sen. Jeff Sessions, The Seth and Chris Show, January 10, 2017

On the Confirmation Hearing of Sen. Jeff Sessions, The Seth and Chris Show, January 10, 2017

America's Opioid Problem, CNBC, August 30, 2016

America's Opioid Problem, CNBC, August 30, 2016

Don't Get Soft on Criminals, Bill Bennett Interview, May 12, 2016

Don't Get Soft on Criminals, Bill Bennett Interview, May 12, 2016

The War on Police: How the Federal Government Undermines State and Local Law Enforcement, Testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, November 17th, 2015

The War on Police: How the Federal Government Undermines State and Local Law Enforcement, Testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, November 17th, 2015

Examining the True Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Native Communities, Testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, July 29, 2015

Examining the True Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Native Communities, Testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, July 29, 2015

Commission Suggests Legalizing Heroin, Cocaine, Fox News, September 13, 2014

Commission Suggests Legalizing Heroin, Cocaine, Fox News, September 13, 2014

John Walters Responds to New York Times Editorial on Marijuana Legalization, Fox News, July 27, 2014

John Walters Responds to New York Times Editorial on Marijuana Legalization, Fox News, July 27, 2014

John Walters on illegal drug shipments, NPR, July 20, 2014

John Walters on illegal drug shipments, NPR, July 20, 2014

John P. Walters responds to George Soros and the war on drugs, Fox News, May 7, 2014

John P. Walters responds to George Soros and the war on drugs, Fox News, May 7, 2014

John Walters warns against releasing felons, Fox News, April 24, 2014

John Walters warns against releasing felons, Fox News, April 24, 2014

John Walters discussing how casual pot smoking may cause brain damage, Fox News, April 17, 2014

John Walters discussing how casual pot smoking may cause brain damage, Fox News, April 17, 2014

John Walters discusses White House's OK for banks' business with legal marijuana dealers, Fox News, February 16, 2014

John Walters discusses White House's OK for banks' business with legal marijuana dealers, Fox News, February 16, 2014

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John Walters on "What happened to the war on drugs?" Fox News, February 6, 2014

Walters with CNN's Jake Tapper on President Obama and Enforcement of Federal Marijuana Laws, January 24, 2014

Walters with CNN's Jake Tapper on President Obama and Enforcement of Federal Marijuana Laws, January 24, 2014

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Fox News: Walters on President Obama and Enforcement of Federal Marijuana Laws, January 24, 2014

Fox News: Walters on President Obama and Enforcement of Federal Marijuana Laws, January 24, 2014