Glenn Backes is an independent researcherand public policy consultant, specializing in public health and criminal justice policies. He serves on the Board of directors of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
Glenn Backes holds a Masters Degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of North Carolina.
In addition to extensive work in the California State Capitol, Glenn Backes has worked on initiative campaigns to Fix 3 Strikes, and in opposition to the Runner Initiative, which would have spent billions more on prison building, and would have made more young people vulnerable to prosecution as adults
Drug Policy Activism
Glenn Backes was senior staff at the Drug Policy Alliance for eight years, leading their policy reform efforts in the California from 2000 until 2005. In his previous position as the Director of the Soros Foundation International Harm Reduction Development Program, Backes helped establish drug treatment and HIV prevention projects throughout Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
He worked for five years as a counselor and outreach worker at the Streetwork Project in New York City, where he helped homeless youth develop plans to rebuild their lives. Glenn has consulted for the World Bank, Unicef and the United Nations Programme on AIDS.