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Allie Hunter McDade

Executive Director

The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative

Biography

In August 2016, Allie Hunter McDade became the founding Executive Director of the Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI), a movement of law enforcement agencies that believe in treatment over arrest. As Executive Director, Allie is responsible for program expansion and effectiveness as well as organizational growth and sustainability. To date, Allie has helped launch more than 300 non-arrest diversion programs nationwide. Allie came to PAARI with over 12 years of experience in nonprofit management and leadership. Allie holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and international relations from Ursinus College and a master’s degree in international development from Ohio University, where she focused on community health and behavior change. She also earned a certificate from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. In spring 2017, Allie received a Nonprofit Excellence Award and was named young professional of the year by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. In fall 2018, Allie also accepted an AmeriCorps Excellence Award for Best New Program for PAARI’s first-of-its-kind program to embed AmeriCorps members directly in police departments to address the opioid epidemic. Allie is based in Boston, Massachusetts and spends much of her time traveling around the country to support current and prospective law enforcement partners. Like many, Allie has been personally touched by the disease of addiction and has a close family member who is in recovery from an opioid use disorder.

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