Ira GlasserMr. Glasser is President of the Drug Policy Alliance Board of Directors. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1978 until 2001.

Prior to his affiliation with the ACLU, Mr. Glasser was a mathematician and a member of the science and mathematics faculties of Queens college and Sarah Lawrence College. He was also editor of Current magazine.

Mr. Glasser authored a book, Visions of Liberty: The Bill of Rights for All Americans, published in November 1991 by Arcade Publishing, Inc. in New York City. An insightful analysis of how our rights developed, Visions was written to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Bill of Rights.

In addition to authoring Visions, Mr. Glasser is a widely published essayist on civil liberties principles and issues whose writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Harper’s, The New Republic, The Nation, and Christianity and Crisis, among other publications. He is also the co-author of Doing Good: The Limits of Benevolence, published by Pantheon in 1978.

Mr. Glasser received a B.S. degree in mathematics and graduated with honors in literature and the arts from Queens College in 1959. He has a master’s degree in mathematics from Ohio State University and also studied sociology and philosophy on the graduate level at the New School for Social Research.

Born and raised in New York, Mr. Glasser is married and the father of four children.