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. Responds to Freedom of Information Requests
- 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, Lead 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. Ms. Andrews began her federal career in January 1990 in the Division of Preclinical Research and joined OSPC in September 1990.
- 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 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.
- Lanette Palmquist, Program Analyst
Ms. Palmquist joined Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC) in November 1999 as a Program Analyst. Prior to joining OSPC, Ms. Palmquist was a Program Analyst in the Office of Science Policy at the National Center for Research Resources, NIH where she was responsible for a vast array of projects including contracts, evaluations and analyzing budget data. Ms. Palmquist is responsible for handling the Institute’s Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests and responding to e-mail queries and social media posts from the public. She also serves as the Alternate Contracting Office Representative (COR) for the Scholastic contract and assists OSPC staff with various projects. Ms. Palmquist received her B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Mount Holyoke College.
- Nancy Soulen, J.D., Program Analyst
Ms. Soulen has served as Senior Advisor on law, legislation and regulations in the Science Policy Branch of NIDA’s Office of Science Policy and Communications since August 1990, also providing services throughout the Institute. She received undergraduate degrees in zoology and sociology/anthropology from Wellesley College, her J.D. degree from Georgetown University School of Law, and graduate training in medicine and public health. She worked for 6 years in biomedical research at Harvard and is a member of the New York Bar, with 8 years of practice in the private sector as Assistant Legislative Counsel, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PMA); Associate General Counsel, Washington Office of the Council of State Governments; and Senior Attorney, American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA). She has 42 years of Federal employment, including serving as Attorney Advisor, HHS OGC; Staff Attorney, ADAMHA/NIDA; and Legal Advisor.
- Usha Charya, Program Analyst
Ms. Charya joined the Science Policy Branch of the Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC) in 2006 and serves as the Project Officer for the NIDA OSPC Science Meeting and Conference Services contract. Ms. Charya works with contract and program staff across the Institute and NIH to plan, coordinate, and execute scientific conferences and meetings. She serves as liaison to professional and scientific organizations partnering with NIDA in planning and sponsoring such conferences and events. In addition, Ms. Charya serves as NIDA liaison to the NIH Diversity Council. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Delhi University, India, and Bachelor of Communication and Journalism from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. Prior to joining NIDA, Ms. Charya worked as an event planner and government meetings contractor for over 20 years.