What We Do:
The Office of the Director provides leadership, direction, and oversight for all OSPC activities, including NIDA's interface with the U.S. Congress.
Jack B. Stein, MSW, Ph.D., Director
Dr. Stein joined NIDA in August 2012 as the Director of the Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC). He has over two decades of professional experience in leading national drug and HIV-related research, practice, and policy initiatives for NIDA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) where, before coming back to NIDA, he served as the Chief of the Prevention Branch.
Niki Andrews, Program Analyst
Ms. Andrews is a Program Analyst in the Office of the Director (OD), Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC). She provides staff support to the Director in coordinating and managing all aspects of OSPC’s administrative activities which include the Office budgets (contract and research management and services), administration policies and personnel. Other responsibilities include performing analytic functions: conducting background research to support senior management decision-making, mining multiple databases to collect requested information, and preparing detailed reports analyzing findings. Ms. Andrews serves on a regular and as requested ad hoc workgroups/committees representing the Office and/or NIDA. She also serves as a mentor to the Project Officer for the Policy Planning Support contract in the OD. Ms. Andrews began her federal career in January 1990 in the Division of Preclinical Research and joined OSPC in September 1990. Ms. Andrews recently completed the year-long nomination driven NIH Mid-Level Leadership Program. This program offers a multifaceted, mid-level leadership development program that builds an effective bridge between senior leadership and junior staff by providing GS-12/13/14 employees with the leadership skills and knowledge to aid them in effectively leading from both supervisory and non-supervisory positions.
Holly Buchanan, Staff Assistant
Ms. Buchanan serves as Staff Assistant to the Director, Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC) and provides administrative and program support related to day-to-day needs of the Director and Office. Ms. Buchanan also serves as the OSPC expert on travel and procurement activities as well as the training coordinator for Federal Acquisition Certification –Contract Officer Representatives (FAC-COR) training requirements for all OSPC COR’s. Ms. Buchanan also assists Mrs. Andrews with RM&S budget activities and serves as the Project Officer for the Policy Planning Support contract. Ms. Buchanan joined OSPC in May 2001 as the Secretary to the Deputy Director. Prior to joining NIDA, Ms. Buchanan worked at the National Naval Medical Center in the Orthopedic Department, scheduling patients, doctors and serving as the point of contact for the Department.
Geoffrey Laredo, Program Analysis Officer/Senior Advisor to the Director, OSPC
Mr. Laredo is a senior advisor to the Director of the Office of Science Policy and Communications at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health. In this role, he is involved in variety of intergovernmental initiatives and is the Institute’s point of contact for the U.S. Congress. Before joining NIDA in late 2004, Mr. Laredo spent a year working as a policy fellow for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Subcommittee on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. As Senate staff, he assisted the subcommittee chairman and staff with a variety of issues across the substance abuse and mental health fields. Prior to his Senate position, Mr. Laredo was the Director of the Office of Policy and Public Liaison at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health. Earlier in his career, Mr. Laredo held staff positions at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Laredo received his Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics.