Interim Executive Director
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.
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.
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).
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.
- 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.”
Office: (202) 393-5280
Direct: (410) 299-3433
Mailing Address: 1317 F Street NW, Suite 501, Washington DC 20004
Blog posts by Stacia
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
SSDP's accomplishments and activities for 2012 - 2013
Posted on: September 5, 2013
We’re so excited to release our 2013 Students for Sensible Drug Policy Annual Report! (If you have trouble viewing the PDF, please try the Issuu document viewer below.) This 20 page document outlines SSDP’s accomplishments, online presence, media clips, student testimonials, … more
University of Maryland SSDP strategic plan outline from Stacia Cosner's days as a student activist
Posted on: August 20, 2013
As many of you know, I have been a member of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy national staff for the past four years, currently serving as Deputy Director. But my involvement with SSDP started much before that (I went … more
Board of Directors finalizes plan for the upcoming year
Posted on: July 2, 2013
Each year, the Students for Sensible Drug Policy board, staff, and select students and alumni come together for an in-person “Strategy Summit.” Last weekend we discussed the activities and direction of the organization and came to conclusions on our plan … more
Tips for staying connected to SSDP after you leave campus
Posted on: May 21, 2013
It’s about that time of year when lots of students are wrapping up their college years, but that certainly doesn’t mean an end to their time as an advocate for drug policy reform. The SSDP alumni network is a vast … more
Scholarship application and registration now open
Posted on: April 25, 2013
Our movement faces a critically limited window of time between now and this summer, when the U.S. House of Representatives may vote on an amendment that would seek to curtail DEA enforcement activities in states with legal marijuana markets. Join … more
Four generations of SSDP activists' work results in victory
Posted on: February 15, 2013
Yesterday, I returned to the University of Maryland, my alma mater, to attend a University Senate (the governing body comprised of 90% faculty and staff, and 10% students) meeting where members voted 81-2-1 in favor of an important life-saving overdose … more
SSDP Staff members will travel to Boston, Chicago, Portland for one day training events
Posted on: February 7, 2013
These events serve to unite the SSDP chapter network for a day of training, workshops, discussion, networking, and expert presentations aimed to help us refine our skills as advocates for ending the destructive war on drugs. Interactive sessions and workshops … more
Reflecting on our biggest achievements of the year
Posted on: December 28, 2012
1. Making history in Colorado and Washington. Election Day this year marked the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition as Colorado (55%-45% on Amendment 64) and Washington (56%-44% on Initiative 502) voters said yes to legalizing marijuana! Through our … more
Today is the 79th anniversary of the end of alcohol prohibition.
Posted on: December 5, 2012
Seventy-nine years ago today, alcohol prohibition ended. At midnight tonight, personal protections for marijuana use and possession go into effect in Washington. This is the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition, and it’s because of all of us. Thank … more