Levitt will speak about efforts (some successful, some not) to raise the visibility and appreciation of media literacy within various Federal government agencies so that media literacy will play a greater role in their strategies, priorities,
and programs related to substance abuse prevention among youth.
Alan Levitt has spent most of his career in communications positions in the federal government, including 15 years in various positions at the White House Drug Policy Office, where he was an Associate Director and led the planning and direction of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign for nearly seven years (largest media campaign in government). He also co-chaired ONDCP’s Interagency Demand Reduction Working Group on Prevention and Education with more than 25 federal agency representatives.
He has been Director, Public Affairs for the National Science Foundation, and Deputy Director-Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Interior. He has a B.A. in Communications and Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. in Communications from American University. He also attended the Kennedy School’s Program for Senior Managers in Government.