Benjamin B. Tucker
Deputy Director of State, Local, and Tribal Affairs
Benjamin B. Tucker was nominated by President Obama and confirmed on June 22, 2010 by the U.S. Senate as Deputy Director of State, Local and Tribal Affairs for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). In his position, Mr. Tucker oversees ONDCP’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program , Drug-Free Communities (DFC), National Youth-Anti-Drug Media Campaign, and Counter-Drug Technology Assessment Center (CTAC).
With 40 years of experience in the fields of law enforcement and criminal justice, Mr. Tucker is a recognized expert in community policing. Prior to joining ONDCP, Mr. Tucker served as a professor of criminal justice at Pace University. He has also worked as a consultant to the Urban Institute and as Director of Field Operations and Senior Research Associate at Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. Within government, Mr. Tucker served as Chief Executive for School Safety and Planning at the New York City Department of Education; Deputy Director for Operations at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; Chief of Operations in Office of The Manhattan Borough President; Executive Director of the New York City Commission on Human Rights; Deputy Assistant Director for Law Enforcement Services in the Office of the Mayor of New York City; and Assistant Director of The New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board.
Mr. Tucker began his career with the New York City Police Department in 1969, and prior to being assigned as beat cop, was one of a select group of new precinct service officers educated by medical and other substance abuse experts to conduct innovative drug prevention and education programs in city schools and colleges.
Born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; Mr. Tucker received his BS in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and his JD from the Fordham University School of Law.