Jamie Favaro, Founder
Jamie began working in harm reduction at Tapestry Health in 2001. She went on to found Washington Heights CORNER Project which began out of a backpack and grew to be one of the most reputable syringe exchange programs in the United States. Jamie later managed the Injection Drug Users Health Alliance, a coalition of the 14 syringe exchange programs based in New York City, and also worked as a strategic expansion consultant in the field of harm reduction. When not working on NEXT, Jamie is the Senior Advisor for Strategy and Special Projects at Harm Reduction Coalition.
Schuyler Duveen, Technical Advisor
Schuyler Duveen is the Lead Developer at MoveOn.org. His past work includes Director of Technology at New York Public Radio (WNYC), and Senior Programmer at the Columbia University Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. While not working at MoveOn.org, Schuyler is developing non-linear 2d writing systems and participating at Progressive Hacknight.
Michael Gilbert, Technical Advisor
Michael Gilbert is a public health technologist with specializations in pharmacovigilance, health informatics, product development, and harm reduction. His past work includes design and implementation of public health informatics tools, research on successes and challenges in community-based distribution of naloxone, and development of technologies to support the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs. His current work focuses on the analysis of public and private sector interventions on drug markets, the design of tools to explore knowledge, attitudes and practices related to drug use, and direct service with local harm reduction programs.
Daniel Pasette, Technical Advisor
Daniel Pasette is the Senior Vice President of Core Engineering at MongoDB. Dan has been working in the field of technology for over 20 years. Prior to joining MongoDB, Dan worked as a developer and lead engineer at several media companies including LimeWire, MTV Networks, Sonicnet, and iXL. When not at MongoDB, Dan enjoys his work as Board Chair of the School Empowerment Network a not-for-profit that works to transform struggling schools.
Tino Fuentes, Board of Directors
Tino Fuentes is a former drug dealer and drug user who has lost countless friends and family members to drug overdose. Prompted by the lack of action from the government and an inability to get community programs on board, Tino began teaching people how to check their drugs for fentanyl in 2016. Tino has taught people overdose prevention and reversal, and how to test drugs for fentanyl in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Newark, Baltimore, Pueblo, Dublin, and Paris. Tino has been practicing harm reduction for over 15 years and has worked at several New York City syringe exchange programs including Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center, Washington Heights CORNER Project, and St. Ann's Corner of Harm Reduction.
Tracie Gardner, Board of Directors
Tracie Gardner has worked more than 25 years in the public health, public policy and not-for-profit fields as a policy advocate, trainer and lobbyist. She has led advocacy campaigns that won substantial increases in funding for substance use, HIV and alternatives to incarceration and reentry services, landmark HIV confidentiality and testing legislation, and landmark criminal justice reforms. From 2015-2017, Tracie served as the Assistant Secretary of Health for New York State, where she oversaw the state’s mental hygiene agencies, including, the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the Office of Mental Health, the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, and the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Tracie is currently the Associate Director of the Legal Action Center.
Dan O'Connell, Board of Directors
Dan O’Connell worked at the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute for 29 years before retiring in 2016. During his time with the Institute, Dan held a variety of positions including overseeing New York’s programs for HIV, STDs, hepatitis, LGBT health and drug user health, and was Institute director for his final three years with the state. He also served as an Executive Committee member for the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors and received its highest award for his years of work improving the nation’s response to the HIV epidemic. In 2014 Dan received an award from the White House for his leadership in combatting viral hepatitis. Since retiring, Dan has remained active in harm reduction issues, including advocating for safe consumption spaces. He is also currently vice president of the board of directors of the Albany Damien Center, a housing and supportive services program for people living with HIV.
Tracey Helton Mitchell, Board of Directors
Tracey Helton Mitchell has dedicated her life to the care and treatment of people who use drugs. Tracey entered school through an ex-offender's program where she earned a bachelors of business administration and masters of public administration. In addition, she is a certified addiction specialist and supervisor. She was featured in the movie Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street. She has also been featured by CNN, Anderson Cooper, Vice, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times.
Bruce Trigg MD, OOPP Clinical Director
Bruce Trigg is a public health physician who worked for 23 years with the New Mexico Department of Health where he was the medical director for the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Program in Albuquerque. He helped the NM Department of Health to develop and expand one of the first statewide harm reduction programs in the US that includes needle and syringe exchange, buprenorphine treatment, and overdose prevention with provision of naloxone. Since 2011, Dr. Trigg has been the medical director for several Opioid Treatment Programs in New Mexico. Dr. Trigg has recently relocated to New York City where he is a consultant with the NY State Department of Health, AIDS Institute, Office of Drug User Health. He is also a consultant with SAMHSA and with SAE Associates. Dr. Trigg graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1981 and did his pediatric residency training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC and the UNM Health Sciences Center. He has been a long-time activist for a single-payer, improved and expanded Medicare-for-All healthcare system for the US.