Flex Your Rights Board of Directors

Paul Bennett, Secretary

paul-bennettPaul Bennett serves as Building & Operations Coordinator with the Mertz Gilmore Foundation (MGF), a private grant-making institution that supports and promotes healthy communities, the performing arts, and a sustainable environment. Paul manages the upkeep of building systems within the foundation’s four-story brownstone. He also serves as MGF’s liaison to progressive nonprofits that use the space for meetings and events.

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Ashley Bergstrom

Ashley BergstromAshley Bergstrom oversees business development and relationship management within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector for Avalere Health. She applies her background in health policy and government affairs to advise life sciences clients on market access, product commercialization, reimbursement policy, value strategy and the policy implications of health care reform. She previously served as Key Account Manager at Bloomberg Government.

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David Borden

david-bordenDavid Borden is founder and Executive Director of StoptheDrugWar.org: the Drug Reform Coordination Network.Borden played the leading role in pioneering use of the Internet for education and organizing in drug policy reform after founding DRCNet in late 1993. Since 2000 he has overseen DRCNet’s work on the Higher Education Act Reform Campaign, an effort to repeal a federal law that denies students financial aid because of drug convictions. He has initiated programs including the John W. Perry Fund scholarship program and the Out from the Shadows international conference series.

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Marisa Garcia

Marisa Garcia Flex Your RightsMarisa Garcia began working in drug policy reform in 2000 after being denied financial aid under the Higher Education Act Drug Provision due to a minor marijuana offense. Shortly after being denied aid she came into contact and became active with Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

She formed an SSDP chapter on her campus and began working with the national office telling her story to reporters from all over the country. She has appeared in numerous venues including The New York Times, US News & World Report, The Rolling Stone, CNN and FOX.

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Fritz Mulhauser

Fritz MulhauserFritz Mulhauser is an attorney in Washington, D.C. In twenty years with the American Civil Liberties Union he specialized in police accountability in his hometown, working on dozens of cases challenging unconstitutional actions by D.C. and federal agency police and winning both damages and changes in policy. He was part also of advocacy efforts with the numerous police agencies in D.C. and the D.C. Council in areas such as treatment of mass demonstrations in the Bush era, noninterference with citizen photography of buildings or videos of police, respectful treatment of Muslim women in jail lockups, transparency and oversight of new privacy-invasive technologies such as cell location tracking, automated license plate readers and cell-site simulators.

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Chad Thevenot

chad-thevenotChad Thevenot is the executive director of the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS). He is an alumnus of IHS’s summer seminar program and was awarded a Humane Studies Fellowship from IHS in 2001 and 2002 while earning a master’s degree in Communications, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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