Allan Clear, Executive Director of Harm Reduction Coalition since late 1995, has been a passionate advocate for social inclusion, self-representation, and social services for drug users, marginalized populations, and people living with HIV since 1990. Under his leadership, Harm Reduction Coalition has become the preeminent US-based organization promoting harm reduction as a mode of working with drug users and noted for its capacity building, national conferences, resource development, and policy work. Mr. Clear was the original Executive Director of Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center, one of the five original New York City syringe exchange programs authorized in 1992. He is a member of the North American Syringe Exchange Network and the New York Commission on AIDS. Mr. Clear is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on harm reduction, drug treatment, and drug user rights.