Nicholas De Mauro
New Jersey native Nicholas De Mauro is the Executive Director for L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs), a non-profit (501C3) organization that addresses drugs, drug related crimes, peer to peer/cyber bullying and violence in communities in collaboration with educators, community leaders, families and other national, State and local organizations. Mr. De Mauro has over 35 years of experience in law enforcement, youth services and substance use prevention. With a B.A. in Human Services, his law enforcement career moved quickly from patrolman to detective (New Milford), also featuring the creation the agency’s Juvenile Division. Observing the destructive effects of substance abuse, in 1990 he founded the New Jersey chapter of the D.A.R.E. program, expanding it by 2015 to the nation’s largest statewide program. In the 1990s, Mr. De Mauro oversaw 25 statewide non -profit agencies throughout the United States. Because of his commitment to evidence-based programming, Mr. De Mauro was appointed Executive Director of L.E.A.D., inheriting the collaboration of hundreds of schools and over 1,000 enforcement officers he helped train in providing school- based programs. The demand for his services requires his extensive travel and lectures throughout the United States. His volunteer work with young people in educational settings has included interscholastic team coaching at New Milford, New Brunswick, West Windsor, Plainsboro and Elizabeth High Schools in NJ and the Burr and Burton Academy in VT. Mr. De Mauro is a member of major professional organizations, charitable Boards and has received many awards for his leadership and community service (e.g., from the NJ Conference of Mayors and the NJ League of Municipalities).