Board of Directors
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is governed by our Board of Directors and our Board of Trustees,
a designated body of the Board of Directors. Together, they are responsible for crafting strategy for the organization, overseeing compliance and financial affairs, and overseeing SSDP’s Executive Director.
To view Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s bylaws, click here.
Amy Hildebrand '16 | DePaul University Amy Hildebrand ‘16 is an alumnus of DePaul University where she earned her degree in American Studies and History in 2018. In coupling a love of personal drug exploration and a desire to keep people out of prison, she has known she needed to fight the war on drugs since high school and views finding SSDP as an act of fate. Amy restarted the DePaul SSDP Chapter in 2016, was awarded SSDP’s Rising Star award in 2017 and at SSDP2018 in Baltimore, the DePaul chapter was awarded Outstanding Chapter. Amy has been dedicated to the Illinois cannabis legalization effort for the past few years and currently serves on the Board of Directors of IL NORML. She works with 4Front, a multistate cannabis operator, as president and co-founder (and original SSDP-er!) Kris Krane’s assistant. She is a proud Deadhead.
Julia Hilbert '17 | University of Pittsburgh Julia Hilbert ‘17 has been involved with SSDP since the founding of the University of Pittsburgh’s chapter in 2017. She is a student in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, and plans to continue on to get her Master's degree in social work with a specialization in Community Outreach and Social Action. She plans to use this degree to go into work with and on behalf of people who use drugs. She currently serves as the Vice President of her SSDP chapter, the President and founder of her Dancesafe chapter, the Business Manager of Pittsburgh Agents of Cultural Change, an active volunteer and intern with Prevention Point Pittsburgh, an active member of the Pittsburgh Psychedelic Society, and an active member of the National Association of Social Workers. She is passionate about harm reduction in any form, and planning to dedicate her career to ending the War on Drugs.
Grant Loew '15 | Binghamton University Grant Loew ‘15 was a student of Environmental Chemistry at Binghamton University with a passion for science, cannabis, education and policy. He has lobbied to freeze public education tuition hikes, to legalize marijuana on both state and federal levels, and to amend the RAVE Act. He attends music festivals, providing health and safety information. He has grown cannabis for Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Pilot Program with 4Front, and plans to return to the cannabis industry shortly. Overall, Grant knows that the end of drug prohibition (yes, all of them) means a more just and fair society. Frankly, he’s sick of the racist criminal ‘justice’ system oppressing communities of color. He believes in prison abolish and community self-governance over an abusive and corrupt police force. He is currently a Member and Secretary of the SSDP Board of Directors.
Clement Bofa-Oppong '16 | University of Ghana Clement Bofa-Oppong ‘XX is a passionate youth activist currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Geography and History at the University of Ghana (UG). He started the SSDP UG Chapter in 2016 and served as the Students Coordinator for SSDP Ghana. Clement has been very pivotal to the successes of SSDP Ghana since its inception. He has received training on Drug Use Prevention by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. Through his advocacies together with other civil society organizations in Ghana, the current Narcotics Control Commission Bill will soon go through the first reading in parliament which will be the first of its kind in Africa to consider humane drug laws in the region. Clement is the project head for the youth led initiative, “Campaign Against Tramadol Abuse” working closely with the Narcotics Control Board. He is the co-founder of Happy Smiles Foundation, an NGO that reaches out to destitute children and does charitable works in dynamism. Clement has volunteered and served in various leadership capacities including the Speaker of Parliament for his campus hall, polling station youth organizer at Ayawaso-West Constituency, a General Assembly member of the Students Representative Council (SRC) and a former SRC Presidential Candidate. He was adjudged the Students Activist of the year in 2018 for his hall in UG. Clement hopes to pursue a career in Law and Diplomacy.
Dominique Coronel '17 | DePaul University Dominique Coronel ‘17 is currently a junior at DePaul University, pursuing his degree in political science. Dom has traveled across the nation fighting for justice. His journey has taken him to Standing Rock, Flint, Michigan, and across his hometown of Chicago. It is his life’s passion to stand up to systems of oppression and lead social movements to enact concrete policy change. On campus, Dom championed a successful campaign to increase access to naloxone. At the state level, he lobbied for racial equity in the cannabis industry, reparations for those impacted by the War on Drugs, and advocated for evidence-based drug education in public schools through the Illinois Cannabis Legalization Bill. Recognizing the Power of Psychedelics to heal, help, and find our common humanity, he has volunteered at events for MAPS and the Zendo Project on behalf of SSDP. As a student who himself has overcome homelessness and poverty, Dom is the spokesperson for the DePaul USA Dax program, appearing on various networks, like CBS Sunday Morning, Vice News, and Broadly, to advocate for homeless college students in Chicago and throughout the United States. Orphaned by the Drug War, Dom knows firsthand the impact drug prohibition has on people of color and low-income communities. Dom will seek to bridge the gaps between policy and music, art and culture, to bring people into the political process and help create a radical and revolutionary movement to end the disastrous War on Drugs.
Eric Sterling '98 | Criminal Justice Policy Foundation Eric E. Sterling has been a funder and advisor to SSDP since 1999, and been on SSDP’s board of directors since 2004. SSDP’s Lifetime Achievement Award is named after Eric, commemorating his contributions to the organization and drug policy reform. He has been an attorney forty years, has been active in several bar associations, and been part-time faculty at American University and George Washington University. He was a prominent student activist at Haverford College (’73) and Villanova Law School (’76). He was a public defender in the late 1970s. For nine years in the 1980s, he was counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, responsible for drugs, gun control, pornography, money laundering, organized crime, and other issues. He is Executive Director and co-founder of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation (1989), and co-founder and advisor of other drug policy and criminal justice reform organizations (MPP, FAMM). He is active in civic and community affairs, such as serving as past president of his local elementary school PTA. He is in his ninth year on the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council of Montgomery County, MD. In 2013, he was appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to a four-year term on the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, where he was a leader in developing the regulations to implement medical cannabis production and distribution there. In 2015, he was presented with the NORML Lifetime Achievement Award. He is Vice-Chair of Marijuana Majority and a LEAP speaker. He led wilderness canoe trips in the mid 1970s, was active in trail and bicycle politics in Pennsylvania in the late 1970s and climbed the Matterhorn in 1979. He loves biking, hiking, reading, cooking, parenting and dancing, and lives with his wife of 20 years in Maryland. His daughter is in the class of ‘20 at her college.
Erica Darragh '14 | University of North Georgia Erica Darragh is an alumni psychology undergraduate pursuing a career as a psychedelic therapist. She became involved with SSDP in 2014 during the founding semester of the University of North Georgia chapter, where they worked on medical amnesty, naloxone access, and cannabis policy reform. UNG was recognized as Outstanding Chapter for these efforts. As a McNair Scholar, Erica completed at study titled "Lexical harm reduction: Language perpetuates stigma related to substance use disorder." Erica currently serves as chapter director of Dancesafe Georgia, board member of Peachtree NORML, social media manager of Psymposia, and regularly volunteers with MAPS and Zendo Project. As a board member, she is focused on addressing discrimination in higher education, building a consent culture throughout our community, and encouraging respectful but critical conversations related to the mainstreaming of psychedelics.
Evan Nison '09 | Nison Co. and CFO, Whoopie & Maya Evan Nison is the youngest ever Executive Director of NORML New Jersey, and has been a member on Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s Board of Directors for several years. He also runs a cannabis specific PR firm, NisonCo and is a co-founder of Whoopi & Maya.. In New York he is the Co-Founder of the NY Cannabis Alliance, which has helped craft numerous pieces of cannabis related legislation in New York. In 2010 he moved to California to run the college outreach effort for Prop 19 in California, which spanned over 40 schools. He was President of Ithaca Students for Sensible Drug Policy for 4 years, which was rated the #1 college drug law reform chapter in the country in 2011, and under his leadership passed one of the first college policies in the country that equalized penalties for cannabis and alcohol on campus. Evan was instrumental in the passage of the New York 911 Good Samaritan Law and served as Drug Policy Advisor to Mayor Svante Myrick of Ithaca, NY, one of the youngest mayors in the country, where he helped spearhead an effort to pass a US Conference of Mayors resolution supporting the legalization of marijuana. Evan has been mentioned in news sources such as the NY Times, Politico, USA Today, NBC New York, Bloomberg TV, Forbes, and has been profiled in the Ithaca Times, Home News Tribune, and the Sun Times. He also received the 2011 NORML Student Activism Award and High Times Freedom Fighter Award for his advocacy.
James Gould '15 | University of Colorado Boulder James Gould ‘XX is founder of the Rights Restoration Project (caniexpunge.org), a nonprofit that provides information about individual eligibility for records expungement or mitigation as well as voting rights eligibility of people with criminal records, a former intern for SSDP and DPA, a former contractor with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, and former chapter leader of SSDP at the University of Colorado Boulder and Psychedelic Club of Boulder. After high school, he taught himself how to program and entered a career doing web development, several years later he relocated to Colorado after receiving a job offer in Boulder. Shortly after moving to Colorado, he got involved with student activism at CU, specifically around drug policy and prison policy, and began attending CU part-time to allow for further involvement in this work. It was around this time he formed his habit of including a joke in every bio to see if anyone actually reads them, to which end he has been gravely disappointed (unfortunately, while typing this bio, he wasn't feeling very funny, sorry). After several years of involvement in student activism and community organizing, he started a contract working for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which served as his primary place of employment for a year. Later that year, he found Caniexpunge, which later became the Rights Restoration Project, and the next year was elected to the board of directors of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
Kat Murti '09 | Feminists for Liberty Kat Murti is a libertarian, feminist, and activist, working to make the world a better, freer place, one day at a time. Kat has been actively involved with SSDP since January 2009, and currently serves on the Board of Directors and co-chairs the SSDP-DARE and Fundraising committee. Kat was named an Alumni All Star in December of 2010, a Spotlighted Alum in January of 2012, and the 2016 A. Kathryn Parker Outstanding Alumnus in Service to SSDP. Kat first became involved with drug policy in 2007 when she joined the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of NORML. She served as Bay Area Regional Director of the Proposition 19 campaign to legalize adult recreational cannabis, and has worked at the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. Kat is a graduate of Oaksterdam University. She lives and works in Washington, D.C., and occasionally plays on the One Hitters softball team. Kat earned her B.A. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, where she served as president of CalSSDP. While in college, she interned at SSDP’s San Francisco office and served as co-coordinator of the AMPLIFY Project.
Michael Williams '15 | Ferris State University Michael Williams recently completed his B.S. in Applied Speech Communication with a Public Advocacy Concentration and Minor in Philosophy. He is also currently pursuing a degree in Industrial Chemistry Technology. On campus he has been a member of over a dozen student organizations, founding four different successful student organizations. Outside of student organizing, he has also been an active member of the Michigan Psychedelic Society, Climate Reality Project, and has worked on numerous cannabis reform campaigns in Michigan since 2006, serving as the Mecosta County volunteer leader for MILegalize since 2016 and spring 2018 campaign intern. Currently, he is working with others around the state to start the first Michigan DanceSafe chapter and working as a field organizer with NextGen Michigan to get out the 2018 youth vote. Previously Michael was the Director of Operations for the High Five Program based out of Grand Rapids, MI providing sustainable business solutions such as compost/recycle/landfill infrastructure, vendor materials sourcing, and patron outreach/education/incentives for street fairs, festivals and temporary communities across the United States. In his spare time, he can be found following his favorite bands on tour or in the studio making music. After college, Michael hopes to find himself continuing his work in the fields of drug policy reform and eventually plans to run for state office.
Riley Tillitt '16 | Oxford University Riley Tillitt hails from Eden Prairie, Minnesota and is a rising graduate student at Oxford University, where he will study Criminology and Public Policy on a Rhodes Scholarship. During his time as an undergraduate, he led Yale University's SSDP chapter and successfully lobbied Yale to adopt a medical amnesty policy for drug use, hosted a debate on drug policy with several candidates for governor, and organized SSDP’s Northeast Regional Conference. Riley has interned with the Drug Policy Alliance in Washington, D.C. and the Legal Action Center in New York City. In his free time, he likes to cook, read, and explore Minnesota's more than 10,000 lakes.
Aidan Pillard '16 | Yale University Aidan is a junior in the Humanities major at Yale. Before college, Aidan experienced the fallout of the opioid epidemic first-hand in his work as a paramedic in southern Indiana and Boston, MA. Since then, he has worked on the connection between emergency services, harm reduction, and comprehensive addiction treatment. During his time with Yale SSDP, the group has expanded the campus medical emergency policy to cover all drugs, supported local harm reduction and treatment services through community organizing, and advanced cannabis legalization and MAT access in prison at the state level. After Yale, he plans to go to Mt. Sinai for medical school. He likes waffles, running.
Bashorun Olufemi '16 | Crescent University, Abeokuta Bashorun became involved with SSDP in 2016 after he received a disturbing call from a friend that four Students of the Lagos State University had been arrested because substances were found on them. The sum of N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) was requested from each of them before regaining their freedom. Confusion, surprise and shock took over him at that moment. He approached a friend who told him about SSDP in Nigeria. Bashorun got a number to call and connected himself with SSDP, and with the help of SSDP, he got the students released without paying a dime. At that point, he took the decision to become a member, and to dedicate his time and resources to SSDP. He started as a member, then became the Director of Administrations, and now the Chapter President. He is now a final year student of Crescent University, Abeokuta
Betty Aldworth | Students for Sensible Drug Policy Betty Aldworth joined the SSDP team in February 2014 as Executive Director. In 2012, Betty was the spokesperson and advocacy director for Colorado’s Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the first to make marijuana legal for adult use. She served as deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association in 2013, where she was responsible for developing NCIA’s then-nascent educational programming and framing the national conversation about the marijuana industry. In 2014, she became executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, the international network of more than 3,000 students dedicated to ending the War on Drugs. Prior to her work in cannabis and drug policy, Betty spent a decade motivating and engaging volunteers as a nonprofit leadership professional in Denver, CO.