Who We Are

SmartDrugPolicy is both a resource and a voice for those seeking innovative solutions to the global drug problem. Based in Washington DC, we provide you news and analysis on drug policy reform that is accessible to the policy makers and informed citizen alike. As a non-partisan 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, we are grateful for contributions from supporters like you (Please Contribute). If you need more information, have a question, or would like to provide feedback (as we are always trying to improve our website), please email us at info@smartdrugpolicy.org. Also, make sure to follow us on Twitter @smartdrugpolicy.

Board Members

Bernardo J. Rico, Founder and President – Bernardo has 25 of experience in international development and finance in Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe. He has spent over a decade living and working on development issues in Central America. In addition to his development work, Bernardo has spent the last six years researching and writing on drug policy issues in the Americas. He has a Masters in Latin American Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins’s, School of Advanced International Studies and a B.S. in Management from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He is bilingual in Spanish and English and fluent in Portuguese.

Mark Gilbert, Treasurer – Mark is a Financial Advisor for UBS Financial Services, Inc. He has over 25 years of business and financial management experience across a broad array of industries in the private and public sectors. Mark spent 10 years as a principal in a closely held business in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has 8 years of public policy consulting experience. Mark earned his B.A. in History from Wabash College and a MBA with Honors from the University of Detroit Mercy. He is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Anaïs Faure, Secretary – Anaïs has worked as a foreign affairs analyst with the Guatemalan government and an international policy consultant on security and development policy issues for Central America and East Asia–Latin America inter-regional relations. She has two Masters Degrees: one in Development Policy from the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management, and another in Korean Studies from the Academy of Korean Studies. Anaïs received her B.A. in Political Science from Guatemala’s Francisco Marroquín University with the distinction of the highest GPA in her class from the School of Political Science. In addition to being bilingual in English and Spanish, she is fluent in French and Korean. Anais has played an instrumental role in the development of SmartDrugPolicy.