David Condliffe is the Executive Director of the Center for Community Alternatives.
Mr. Condliffe’s career includes the private practice of law, leadership of nonprofit/public policy organizations, and public service. As a lawyer, he has served as Vice President and General Counsel of Children’s Television Workshop and as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton and Greenbaum, Wolf & Ernst in New York. In the nonprofit and public policy arenas, he has served as senior adviser for US Programs at the Open Society Institute (Open Society Foundations), Executive Director of the Drug Policy Foundation (later known as the Drug Policy Alliance) and Executive Director of the Coro Foundation. In public service, he has served on the staffs of three New York City mayors and one member of Congress.
As the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Drug Abuse Policy, Mr. Condliffe oversaw the development of innovative approaches to drug treatment and the dramatic expansion of services for women and justice-involved populations. He was responsible for monitoring and facilitating the implementation of the recommendations of the Katzenbach Study Group on Drug Abuse across many city agencies, including Corrections, DOH, Probation, CWA (now ACS), HRA (now Homeless Services), Beacon Schools (now DYCD), therapeutic nursery and other HHC services. Mr. Condliffe also served as Assistant to the Deputy Mayor who developed the NYC productivity program, the first data driven attempt to monitor the performance of NYC agencies (now the Mayor’s Management Report.) While at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, he helped launch the program for newly elected mayors and authored the Kennedy School’s public management case study of New York State Department of Corrections.
Mr. Condliffe is a member of the Governor’s Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration, the New York State Task Force on Raise the Age Implementation, the New York State Bar Association Task Force on the Parole System, the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on Mass Incarceration and its Committee on Corrections and Community Reentry and the Human Service Council’s Board of Directors and its Priority and Strategy Council. He is a member of the board of directors of START Treatment & Recovery Centers and the Havens Relief Fund Society.
Mr. Condliffe holds a BA from New York University, an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a JD from Rutgers School of Law – Newark.