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Jessica Hulsey Nickel ’98

Jessica Hulsey Nickel is the founder and CEO of the Addiction Policy Forum, a national nonprofit organization that advocates for patients and families impacted by addiction, translates the science and helps to implement a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery and criminal justice reform. Her 25-year career focusing on substance use disorder includes work in prevention, treatment, public policy and the criminal justice fields. In 1998, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the Drug-Free Communities Commission that helped guide the implementation of the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997. She worked for Senator Rob Portman while he was in the House, developing policy strategies around addiction and criminal justice, including the Second Chance Act, Access to Recovery and the Drug Free Communities Act. She has been center-stage at major events, from hosting a forum on addiction for presidential candidates in New Hampshire in 2016, a series of forums on addiction with House and Senate Congressional leaders, to drug policy events with President George W. Bush and President H.W. Bush. She was also profiled in a book by Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio) called “Courage Is Contagious: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the Face of America” as one of the stories of courage, and her work has been featured in a Lifetime Network series, Discovery Health Channel profile, Cosmopolitan, LA Times, The New York Times, MSNBC and USA Today. Addiction Policy Forum’s current focus spans from and Emergency Medicine Initiative in partnership with Yale Medical School; the ADDICTION video series to translate the science of addiction; the Addiction Resource Center, a new addiction telehealth center; and Focus on Innovation, which highlights innovative programs across the nation.    Jessica is active in service to her community through the Princeton Club of Washington DC and Interfaith Works, a nonprofit dedicated to vulnerable and homeless families.  She is also mom to three beautiful boys – Conner (14), Jack (13) and Tyler (10).


Small Roundtable Discussions

Saturday, October 6

Moderated informal discussions on topics regarding family, health, financial planning and identity.

Vanessa Tyson ’98
, Associate Professor of Politics, Scripps College; Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building, Room 399

Envisioning the Future of Cancer Therapy
Jennifer Wheler ’88, SVP Clinical Development TScan Therapeutics
Carl A. Fields Center, Multipurpose Room

Identity Politics and the LGBTQ Community
Tina Madison White ‘82, Executive Director, Blue Ridge Pride Center, Inc.
Carl A. Fields Center, Multipurpose Room

Innovations and Solutions in Addressing Addiction
Jessica Hulsey Nickel ’98, Founder, President and CEO, Addiction Policy Forum
Carl A. Fields Center, Multipurpose Room

Single Mom by Choice
If you have been thinking about having or adopting a child as a single parent, if you are in the process of trying to become a single mother, or if you are parenting as a single mother by choice, then come join the conversation. This roundtable will discuss things like: how to start, what single parenting really looks like, how to tell your family, friends or even your child, or different ways of becoming a single mother by choice. Come for a casual discussion about becoming a single mother by choice and to connect with others on the journey. (Note: This is not a discussion for single mothers by divorce, but for women who, at least initially, start the process as a sole parent).
Anne-Marie Maman ’84, Executive Director, Princeton Entrepreneurship Council
Carl A. Fields Center, Multipurpose Room

Tapping Resilience in a Time of Grief
Jill Smolowe ’77, Author and Certified Grief and Divorce Coach
Carl A. Fields Center, Multipurpose Room

Turning the Tables: Caring for Our Aging Parents
Jenni Levy ’82, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician
Louis A. Simpson International Building, Room B60A-C

An Unexpected Path: Parenting Young Adults With Mental Illness
Robin Herman ’73, Assistant Dean, Retired, and Hilary Herbold *97, Psychotherapist, Princeton University Counseling and Psychological Services
Carl A. Fields Center, Multipurpose Room