David 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.
In August 2003, Borden sent an open letter to the District of Columbia’s chief judge, Rufus G. King, explaining his decision to refuse to report for jury service as a protest of the drug war, an action which was covered by the Washington Post.
Borden has written over 160 editorials on drug policy, and publishes DRCNet’s Prohibition in the Media blog.
He earned an A.B. with honors in Astrophysical Sciences from Princeton University in 1988, and completed an M.M. in Jazz Composition from New England Conservatory in 1990. He is a native of Englewood, New Jersey, one of the first communities in the state to achieve racial integration in its school system. Borden is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Anti-Prohibitionist League, and of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Council of Advisors.