The Office of National Drug Control Policy is pleased to announce the presidential appointment of Mary Lou Leary as Deputy Director for State, Local and Tribal Affairs. Ms. Leary brings to ONDCP more than 30 years of criminal justice experience working closely with states, local governments and community stakeholders.
Mary Lou Leary
Appointee for Deputy Director for State, Local, and Tribal Affairs,
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Mary Lou Leary is currently the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Justice Programs at the Department of Justice (DOJ), a position she has held since 2009. Previously, Ms. Leary served as the Executive Director for the National Center for Victims of Crime from 2005 to 2009. From 2004 to 2005, she was Senior Counsel to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and from 2001 to 2004, she served as Principal Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Ms. Leary served at DOJ as Acting Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Justice Programs from 2000 to 2001, and was Deputy Associate Attorney General from 1998 to 2000. She served as Acting Director for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services at DOJ in 1999, after serving as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1997 to 1998. From 1985 to 1998, Ms. Leary served in several positions in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, including Chief of the Superior Court Division; Executive Assistant for the U.S. Attorney for Operations; Deputy Chief of the Superior Court Division; and Assistant U.S. Attorney. She was a Law Clerk for The Honorable Frank J. Murray at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and for The Honorable Fred B. Ugast at the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. Ms. Leary received a B.A. from Syracuse University, an M.A. from Ohio State University, and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.
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