Regina LaBelle is currently on a leave of absence, serving as the acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States.

Regina LaBelle is a distinguished scholar and director of the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative at the O’Neill Institute. She focuses on the overdose 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. LaBelle also serves as the director for an interdisciplinary master’s of science in addiction policy and practice at Georgetown’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Before joining the O’Neill 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 the 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 to 2005, LaBelle was an adjunct professor of policy and ethics at the Seattle University Institute for Policy Studies.

LaBelle received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from Boston College. She is an active member of the Washington State Bar.

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