Jim Carroll most recently served as the Nation’s “Drug Czar” for three years, unanimously confirmed to the position by the United States Senate. He oversaw an annual budget of $35 billion, successfully coordinating and monitoring the activities of 16 Federal Government agency budgets and funding.
Under his leadership, overdose deaths declined for the first time in 30 years, federal grants supporting public health programs reached their highest levels, and drug interdictions stood at all-time highs.
Prior to ONDCP, Mr. Carroll served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff and General Counsel for the Office of Management and Budget. He previously served as Washington Counsel, Global Director of Compliance for Ford Motor Company. During the Bush Administration, he served as Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to the President, Deputy General Counsel and Acting General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Treasury, and as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Uttam Dhillon served as the fifteenth director of INTERPOL Washington—the U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB)—until January 2021. As Director, Mr. Dhillon acted as the official U.S. representative to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the world’s largest police organization, and its 194 member countries. From 2018 to 2020, Mr. Dhillon served as the Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration where he led a workforce of over 15,000 and oversaw a budget of $3.2 billion. Mr. Dhillon was responsible for DEA’s enforcement, intelligence, administration and regulatory activities worldwide.
Mr. Dhillon has also served as Deputy Counsel and Deputy Assistant to the President, as an Associate Deputy Attorney General, and as a federal prosecutor. In 2006, Mr. Dhillon was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate as the first Director of the Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Dhillon has significant Congressional experience including serving as Chief Oversight Counsel for the House Financial Services Committee, Chief Counsel and Deputy Staff Director for the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, and Senior Investigative Counsel for the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.
Christina B. Hawkins
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Michael Best Consulting LLC
Christina is a dynamic and organized leader who focuses on growth strategy, business development, marketing, and client service delivery for Michael Best Consulting. Her extensive background includes nearly 15 years of executive-level leadership experience, with a focus in consulting and healthcare organizations.
Before joining Michael Best Consulting, she was the Director of Strategic Partnerships for DC Consulting, a leading business consulting and public policy advocacy organization in the nation’s capital. There, she spearheaded overall growth efforts, publicity, and developing key relationships.
In prior leadership positions, Christina served as Chief Strategy and Public Relations Officer for a health management company, and in several similar roles as a Vice President of Business Development for multiple healthcare provider and managed care organizations. Earlier, Christina worked as a client relationship manager and as a publicist.
Christina brings strong skills in public and media relations, government relations, consensus building, stakeholder engagement, market analysis and research, and new market entry, among other areas of expertise, and she works collaboratively with Michael Best’s Client Value, Business Development, and Marketing teams to develop and implement growth initiatives and continually improve the client experience.