Stephen Gutwillig

Deputy Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance

Stephen Gutwillig is the Deputy Executive Director for Programs of the Drug Policy Alliance, the nation’s leading organization working to promote alternatives to the failed war on drugs.

Gutwillig leads DPA's public policy program, which includes seven offices across the country. Based in Los Angeles, he served as DPA's California director until 2012, overseeing the organization’s statewide legislative agenda, "model city" initiative in San Francisco, and marijuana reform efforts, including advocacy on behalf of Proposition 19 on the 2010 ballot. He has appeared on NBC Nightly News, CNN, Telemundo, and Fox News as well as in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and dozens of other media outlets.

For more than 20 years, Gutwillig has worked for cultural and social change organizations in Boston, New York and Los Angeles. He has served since 2006 on the Community Funding Board of the Liberty Hill Foundation, the leading social change grantmaker in L.A.