Judy Cushing, president and chief executive officer emeritus of Lines for Life, has been a leader in the substance abuse prevention field for 30 years. For the past 15 years she has served as CEO of Lines for Life (formerly Oregon Partnership), Portland, Oregon, a statewide nonprofit that she founded in 1993. Lines for Life is dedicated to substance abuse prevention and education and suicide and crisis intervention services. Ms. Cushing’s responsibilities include leadership development and public policy advocacy at the state and national levels; managing a 30-member staff providing prevention education; media and public policy advocacy; coalition and parent training; treatment referral services; and youth development.
Ms. Cushing was a member of the National Research Council Institute of Medicine’s Committee that produced the landmark report, “Reducing Underage Drinking – A Collective Responsibility.” In 2003 Ms. Cushing was appointed by President Bush to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Drug-Free Communities. She also serves as an advisor to national, state, and community organizations, including the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and has served on the Executive Working Group for the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free. She is a past member of national Coalition Advisory Board of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, and serves on the executive board of the National Family Partnership. Ms. Cushing received the Tom Dargan Award from Oregon’s Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and is the recipient of the National Leadership Award from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. In 2000 she was awarded the National Kiki Camarena Award from National Family Partnership for her leadership in prevention.