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.