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Christopher Poulos

Professional Speaker
Addiction | Recovery | Advocacy




Christopher Poulos is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Washington Statewide Reentry Council. Prior to his appointment, he served as Executive Director of Life of Purpose Treatment at the University of North Texas, where he was also an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice. During law school, he served at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and The Sentencing Project. Poulos has advised United States Senator Angus King (I-Maine) on addiction and justice policy and served on several task forces related to criminal justice policy. He graduated cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law, where he was President of the American Constitution Society and represented children facing criminal charges as a student attorney in the Juvenile Justice Clinic.

Poulos is an emerging national leader in criminal justice policy and addiction recovery. He has spoken to diverse organizations across the United States – including federal prisons, large nonprofits, universities, and addiction recovery organizations. He also provides consulting on addiction recovery and criminal justice policy.

Prior to law school, Poulos overcame many obstacles, including tragic family losses, addiction, homelessness, and a federal incarceration. He now dedicates his life to helping others overcome or avoid similar challenges and he supports a public health-­based approach to addiction. His work promotes equal access to the law and seeks to end mass incarceration and the collateral consequences now facing the tens of millions of people with criminal convictions.

Poulos has been featured in The Washington Post, and was named among “Maine’s Most Intriguing People” in Portland Magazine’s annual publication as well as selected as a “Law Student of the Year” by National Jurist Magazine.