Program Director, Addiction and Public Policy Initiative
Regina LaBelle is a Distinguished Scholar and Program Director of the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. She manages a project portfolio focused on the opioid epidemic, addiction policies, barriers to treatment for substance use disorders, public health approaches to drug policies and how law can promote access to treatment and support recovery; expanding the Institute’s current scope of work in this area.
Before joining the Institute, LaBelle worked as the Chief of Staff and senior policy advisor in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) during the Obama Administration. At ONDCP she oversaw the Agency’s efforts to address the opioid epidemic and other drug policy issues, including overseeing implementation of the National Drug Control Strategy.
Prior to her work at the national level, LaBelle served as legal counsel to Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels where she provided legal and policy advice to the Mayor on high-profile city initiatives. From 1998 – 2005, LaBelle was an adjunct professor of policy and ethics at the Seattle University Institute for Policy Studies.
She received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and her BA from Boston College. LaBelle is an active member of the Washington State Bar.