Jim Mosher is a leading scholar in the field of alcohol policy and the law. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on policy approaches to the prevention of alcohol problems. His pioneering work spans three decades as a researcher, legal scholar, policy analyst, lecturer, trainer, community organizer, and advocate.
He is the co-founder of the Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems, where he served as Executive Director and Director of Public Policy and Research from 1987 to 2000. He established the Center for the Study of Law and Enforcement Policy at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in 2001, serving as its director until March 2008. Today he is the Senior Policy Advisor at The CDM Group, Inc. and heads Alcohol Policy Consultations, a private consultancy group.
Mosher is the recipient of the Leadership Award, Section on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs, American Public Health Association and the Milton Terris Award for Distinguished Leadership in the Development and Implementation of Public Health Policy. He received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Maia D’Andrea received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Substance Abuse and Prevention from the University of Nevada, Reno. She had two internships in alcohol policy during her studies, working for Join Together Northern Nevada and the Office of Student Conduct at the University. Her internships gave her the opportunity to participate in the implementation of community prevention strategies and see first-hand their benefits and challenges. She chose to study Substance Abuse and Prevention as her minor because of her belief in and commitment to prevention as a means to promote individual well-being and community change. Maia also has a life-long interest in youth development, serving as a supervisor in summer youth recreation programs throughout her high school and college years. Now in California and working for Alcohol Policy Consultations, Maia is proud to be a part of the national effort to prevent alcohol and other drug problems and to continue her research, youth development, and community work.