Peter has over 30 years’ experience in the substance use disorder treatment and recovery field. He joined the Office of National Drug Control (ONDCP) in October 2010 as the Chief of the Recovery Branch and currently serves as a Senior Policy Analyst supporting the ONDCP Office of Public Health. In this capacity, Peter provides expertise on a wide range of public health policy and regulatory issues, including in relation to harm reduction, recovery support services, and employment for people in recovery. As Chief of the Recovery Branch, Peter helped frame the federal government’s approach to improving long-term recovery outcomes, assisting in the development of national policy goals and objectives and creating and implementing plans to achieve them.
Prior to joining ONDCP, Peter worked with Altarum Institute and Abt Associates Inc. to provide technical assistance to states and tribes and the federal government on developing and implementing recovery-oriented systems, services, and polices. Earlier, he served as the Administrator of Program Development for the Illinois Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA), as an analyst at the Illinois Office of Management and Budget; as a program director, family educator, and counselor in the addiction treatment field; as an English and French instructor; and, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina-Faso, West Africa.
Peter is a person in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol. He works to raise awareness of addiction and recovery and to reduce the stigma and misunderstanding that contribute to social exclusion and can prevent people with substance use from achieving long-term recovery and fully rejoining and contributing to their communities.
Mr. Gaumond holds master’s degree from the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice at the University of Chicago and a BA in English from Marquette University. He also studied at the Université de Paris V (Académie Rene Descartes) and at the Université de Paris IV (La Sorbonne) and current serves as Vice President of the Crown Family School Alumni Board.