Deputy Director

Stacia Cosner

Overview

Anastacia “Stacia” Cosner is the Deputy Director for Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

Her areas of responsibility include: management, finances, administration, event planning, program implementation, development, communication, and data.

She was hired as an Outreach Director in June 2009, was promoted to Associate Director in January 2011, then promoted to Deputy Director in June 2013.

While a sophomore at the University of Maryland in 2006, Stacia spent her summer in the national SSDP office as an intern.

Student Activism

Stacia got involved with drug policy when she joined the campus SSDP chapter as a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2005. The next year, she was elected President of the UMD SSDP chapter, a role she served from 2006-2008.

While on campus, Stacia was elected to the University Senate, where she pushed for the equalization of judicial sanctions for marijuana and underage drinking and introduced a Good Samaritan Policy that was recently adopted by the University Senate. Under her leadership in 2006, the UMD chapter received SSDP’s “Most Outstanding Chapter” award. As a student, she received SSDP’s “Rising Star” award in 2006 and “Outstanding Student Activist” in 2007.

Also during her time as an undergrad, Stacia testified before the Maryland state legislature on several occasions regarding bills dealing with financial aid eligibility, felony voter disenfranchisement, mandatory minimum sentences, medical marijuana, Good Samaritan practices, among others.

Stacia was elected to SSDP’s national board of directors in 2006, serving her first year as Secretary and second year as Vice Chair.

Professional History

Prior to being hired by SSDP in June 2009, Stacia completed internships with Students for Sensible Drug Policy (2006), the Marijuana Policy Project (2007), the Institute for Humane Studies (2008), and DRCNet/StopTheDrugWar.org (2009).

Personal Life

On Wednesdays during the summer, you can find Stacia playing softball on the national mall with The One Hitters, a co-ed congressional league softball team comprised of DC drug policy reformers and friends.  She joined the team during her time as an SSDP intern in 2006, and became co-captain in 2012.  Stacia likes to brag about The One Hitters’ impressive record and the few weeks in June 2013 when the team went undefeated for their first 8 games and ranked #1 (out of 83 teams) in the Congressional Softball League. (They’re currently still in the top 8 with a record of 8-2). Stacia has been playing softball for about 20 years, and is very proud of her 3 home runs. She plays outfield, catcher and pitcher.

Stacia’s younger brother, Buddy Cosner, is also involved with the movement to end the war on drugs, participating in SSDP events and testifying in favor of marijuana decriminalization in the Maryland statehouse.

Stacia lives in the Bloomingdale neighborhood in Washington, DC with her partner of four years, Jonathan Monaghan.

Fun Facts

  • In 2008, Stacia studied abroad in holland for six months at Universiteit Leiden in Leiden, Netherlands.
  • Stacia was a competitive cheerleader for nearly ten years.
  • In June 2007, Stacia was named “Freedom Fighter of the Month” in High Times magazine.
  • Stacia’s car was featured in the film “10 Rules for Dealing with Police.”

Contact

Email: stacia@ssdp.org

Office: (202) 393-5280

Direct: (410) 299-3433

Mailing Address: 1011 O Street NW #1, Washington DC 20001


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Blog posts by Stacia


SSDP2014 conference session sneak peek

Check out what's in store for our largest-ever event in Washington DC this September

Posted on: August 7, 2014

Today we are proud to announce some of the topics that will be covered at next month’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference and Lobby Day! From the role of privilege and the war on drugs, to keeping festival and concert-goers safe, … more


Share your thoughts for a chance to win prizes

3rd annual SSDP membership survey active until 8/28

Posted on: August 5, 2014

As we are a grassroots network, your opinions about how and what we do are invaluable to us. Once you submit your survey responses, you’ll be entered to win one of several prizes that include $50 and $20 Amazon gift cards, … more


Honoring and remembering Daniel Jabbour

Announcing the Daniel Jabbour Memorial Scholarship Fund

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Daniel Jabbour, an SSDP all-star alumnus, passed away in April of this year. To honor and remember him, SSDP created this scholarship fund to send an outstanding activist to the 2014 Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference and Lobby Day. Daniel’s … more


Just two more days for discounted SSDP2014 registration

Early bird discount extended to June 30

Posted on: June 27, 2014

Great news! We’ve decided to extend the early bird discount deadline by a few days. You may take advantage of discounted registration rates for our 2014 Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference and Lobby Day until Monday, June 30 at … more


Get your limited edition One Hitters shirt today

35 One Hitters softball team shirts available to the public for the first time

Posted on: June 5, 2014

The One Hitters is a co-ed, DC-based recreational softball team in the Congressional Softball League. Sponsored by Mountain Medicine, the team comprises players who work for or support marijuana and other drug policy reform through organizations such as Students for Sensible … more


Pay for your SSDP2014 registration in monthly installments

New option makes it easier for you to attend our largest-ever event

Posted on: May 22, 2014

Even though we do everything we can to keep costs down for the 2014 Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference and Lobby Day, we realize that $60 for students and $90 for alumni is still a lot of money for … more


Register today for the 2014 SSDP Conference and Lobby Day

Early bird registration, session proposals and scholarship applications launched today!

Posted on: May 7, 2014

Over the course of three days every other fall, the SSDP network comes together to celebrate, learn, connect, and advocate at the SSDP Conference + Lobby Days. This year, SSDP2014 will bring more than 400 student members, alumni, and supporters … more


SSDP is hiring!

Now seeking applicants for 3 full-time paid positions and 2 internships

Posted on: April 4, 2014

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is now accepting applications to fill three paid and two unpaid positions in our Washington, DC headquarters. Applications will be accepted beginning April 4, reviewed immediately, and accepted until the position is filled. Anticipated start date … more


Top 13 Students for Sensible Drug Policy Highlights of 2013

Reflecting on our organizational accomplishments this year

Posted on: December 11, 2013

Wow, what a year! We’re proud to share with you our top 13 highlights of 2013. 1. Launched our most ambitious fundraising campaign ever A few weeks ago, SSDP launched a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo with an ambitious goal of … more


Help us say thanks to our donors

A quick, free way to support SSDP: write a thank you message to our financial supporters

Posted on: November 21, 2013

Last year, we asked our supporters who were not able to make a financial contribution to Students for Sensible Drug Policy to write quick thank you messages to those who were able to donate. Your responses were so powerful that … more