August Ask the Expert John de Miranda, Ed.M.
John de Miranda is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Stepping Stone of San Diego, an addiction treatment and recovery program that serves primarily, but not exclusively, the lesban, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. He is also the pro bono Executive Director of the National Association on Alcohol, Drugs and Disabilities, Inc., a network of individuals and organizations dedicated to improving access to substance abuse prevention and treatment services for people with disabilities. In this capacity he directed the National Access Project, funded by grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, the JM Foundation and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Previous executive leadership positions have been with the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, American Red Cross, Bay Area Chapter, Youth Power, formerly “Just Say No” International, and Join Together/Boston University School of Public Health.
With a professional background in the human services field that spans 35 years, Mr. de Miranda has served as program administrator, management consultant, therapist, educator, government official, researcher, and trainer. The son of a Cuban immigrant he graduated from the nation’s oldest public school, Boston Latin. Following graduation from Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut) with a B.A. degree in Sociology, he earned a Masters degree in Counseling & Consulting Psychology from Harvard University in 1979. He has conducted research and published on topics as varied as special education, responsible alcoholic beverage service, consumer self-determination, legislative policy, healthcare cost containment, prevention, legal protections for people in recovery, disability rehabilitation, and advocacy for people with disabilities. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Committee of The Prevention Researcher. Mr. de Miranda is a regular contributor to Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Weekly. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Committee of the University of San Francisco, College of Professional Studies. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Faces and Voices of Recovery. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, California State University, East Bay, the University of San Francisco and San Quentin State Prison.