WASHINGTON (March 5, 2010) The White House Office of the Press Secretary reported last week that President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate David K. Mineta, Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President.
Since 1996 Mineta has served as Deputy Director of Asian American Recovery Services, Inc., one of the nation’s largest behavioral health organizations specifically targeting the underserved Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
AARS provides substance abuse prevention and treatment services to thousands of residents across Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties.
Mineta is also serving his third term on the Jefferson Union High School District’s Board of Trustees since 2000. He is also a Commissioner on San Mateo’s First Five Commission, a county commission overseeing the granting and oversight of early childhood education and health funds.
He has also served in various positions with Lutheran Social Services of Northern California, the Santa Clara County Alcohol and Drugs Department, and Asian Americans for Community Involvement. He earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Jose State University in 1990 and his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986.
President Obama also announced his intent to appoint several individuals to serve on the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel: Steven Koch, Chris Sale, Malcolm K. Sparrow, and Edward Tufte, Appointee for Member, Recovery Independent Advisory Panel
“These impressive individuals will be valued additions to our team as we work to confront the challenges facing our nation,” President Obama said. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”