Chairman and CEO, DEA Educational Foundation
William "Bill" Alden has spent his entire distinguished career of over 40 years in the field of drug enforcement and abuse prevention, first as a DEA agent on the front lines, where he was the youngest agent ever promoted to front line supervisor, then, as the Chief of DEA’s Office of Congressional and Public Affairs. While heading the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, he was instrumental in raising public awareness of drug related issues through developing “Drug Wars: The Camarena Story”, and by appearing in print and TV media to promote awareness of DEA’s mission. He has been very active as a media expert, consultant to Hollywood producers, and in Congressional liaison. His diverse experience led him to become the Deputy Director of DARE America and later to operate his own consulting firm, The Alden Group, providing law enforcement and drug prevention services to organizations including DARE America, Noblis, Verint Technology Inc., and Lafayette Group.
In 2001, Mr. Alden proposed the concept of a DEA Educational Foundation which came to fruition through his efforts and of which he was first the president and is now the Chairman and CEO. He currently lends his talent and expertise to the Foundation in support of the DEA Museum soliciting sponsors and partnerships to allow the museum to develop state-of-the-art displays and traveling exhibits. One such exhibit, Target America, has been seen by more than 20 million teachers, students and parents in eight cities across the country. In Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, New Orleans and other venues, large numbers of students had the opportunity to learn about drugs. Working with local citizens concerned about drug use made his work and success possible. The museum’s activities were privately funded. Another exhibit, Target Afghanistan, is currently on display in Kabul to educate Afghans on the dangers of opium use. Thousands of students in Afghanistan have viewed the exhibit.
As these examples illustrate, Mr. Alden’s dedication to drug awareness and his wide range of expertise and skills continue to be an invaluable asset to the Foundation. Mr. Alden has developed both federal and private funding to support prevention and education in drug and alcohol abuse.