Policy Development, Office of (1981); Drug Abuse Policy Office (1982-1989)


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Sue Daoulas served as a Policy Analyst in the Drug Abuse Policy Office (DAPO) and as a representative to the United Nations International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Secretariat from 1986-1987.

Daoulas was born on August 12, 1957 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She obtained a BS in Political Science from Indiana State University in 1979. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree, she served as an intern in Congressman Dan Quayle’s office. She obtained two Masters Degrees after her service in the Reagan Administration. One degree was awarded from American University in 1993 in International Affairs; the second degree was obtained in 2012 from Saint Joseph’s University in Organizational Development and Leadership.

She was hired by the White House’s Office of Policy Development in 1981 where she worked under Ronald Frankum. In 1982, she was transferred to the Drug Abuse Policy Office where she was an Executive Assistant to Carlton Turner. Daoulas was promoted to the position of Policy Analyst in 1985. In 1986 she was assigned by the White House to represent the United States at the United Nations’ International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Vienna, Austria.

Following the end of the Reagan Administration, Daoulas assisted in the presidential transition from Ronald Reagan to George H. W. Bush, contributing to the 1989 National Drug Control Strategy draft. In September 1989, she left the White House to operate her own consulting and research company. Daoulas went on to hold various consulting positions in private industry. She was working for the American Farm Bureau Foundation as a lobbyist up until her death.

Sue Daoulas passed away on May 16, 2018 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was living and working in the DC area. Daoulas was married to William Daoulas, and had two children, Arthur and Arian


Scope and Content

As a member of the Drug Abuse Policy Office, Sue Daoulas’ collection documents the creation of drug abuse policy guidelines at the behest of President Reagan and Nancy Reagan. Due to the overlapping demographics of Americans impacted by drug abuse policy and HIV/AIDS policy, Daoulas also created DAPO guidelines for adhering to President Reagan’s directive to combat HIV/AIDS. The three main components of this collection document Daoulas’ work regarding drug abuse policy, DAPO’s adherence to newly developed AIDS policy, and documenting the United Nations’ International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

A portion of this collection was transferred to Donald Ian MacDonald’s collection. The material transferred, consisting of memos, reports, etc. was work product created by MacDonald.

This collection consists of two series. The series are as follows: SERIES I: AIDS File and SERIES II: Drug Abuse Policy Files.


SERIES I: AIDS FILE (1.2 l.ft.; Boxes 1-3)

This series contains material documenting the Drug Abuse Policy Offices’ (DAPO) response to the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis. After the Presidential Commission on HIV was published in June 1988, President Reagan issued an action plan to combat HIV/AIDS. Agencies were directed to adopt policies complying with these new initiatives. Daoulas assisted in developing DAPO guidelines to comply with this directive. This series contains material documenting the analysis and implementation of new federal policies on HIV/AIDS.

This series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

SERIES II: DRUG ABUSE POLICY FILE (0.8 l.ft.; Boxes 3-5)

This series contains material dedicated to DAPO’s visible role in fighting the drug abuse problem in America. This contains all material used by Daoulas to draft and analyze drug abuse policy.

This series also contains documentation of her role in the UN International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The material reflects She sent back numerous press releases, reports, and guidelines from the UN in Austria, demonstrating the conference’s progress towards an international, unified drug policy.

This series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

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Frankum, Ronald B.: Files, 1981-1982

Macdonald, Donald Ian: Files, 1987-1989

Turner, Carlton E.: Files, 1981-1987

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