Creighton Drury is CEO of Center on Addiction. Inspired by the benefits he received from his childhood and teenage passion for sports, he has pursued a career dedicated to helping young people identify and follow their own positive interests and ambitions. His efforts have focused on providing young people with opportunities and resources that position them to lead healthy, successful lives. Through his work, Mr. Drury has witnessed first-hand the causes and consequences of addiction. Now more than ever, he is resolved to be part of the movement to do something about it.
In various executive leadership roles at Covenant House and New Jersey Community Development Corporation, Mr. Drury co-led organizations positively impacting the lives of thousands of young people. Some of his many contributions included founding an urban charter elementary school, designing and implementing a strategic network of school-based youth services programs, championing and implementing a trauma-informed strength-based practice approach, and advancing the vision and plan for a comprehensive program center for homeless youth.
As New Jersey’s Director of Gang and Crime Prevention Strategies, Mr. Drury influenced policy and funding priorities for youth in underserved communities. As an attorney with the law firm of Lowenstein Sandler, his pro bono practice included cases protecting and advancing the rights of children and homeless individuals. He also served as an assistant state director for Senator Bill Bradley.
He received his B.A. in history and political science from Rutgers University, where he was captain of the men’s basketball team, and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Most importantly, he is a proud husband and father of three.