Eliza Wheeler oversees the project’s efforts to prevent overdose deaths in the San Francisco/Bay Area. Prior to joining Harm Reduction Coalition, Eliza ran the Cambridge Needle Exchange for eight years and helped develop the overdose prevention program in Massachusetts. Working to prevent overdose deaths remains her main passion to this day. As a direct service provider and program manager, she received several awards for her work in Massachusetts, including the Exemplary Leader in Prevention Award from the Cambridge Prevention Coalition in 2007, the Open Door Award from Mt. Auburn Hospital in 2007, the New England Prevention Alliance (NEPA) Activist of the Year Award in 2003 and the Outreach Educator of the Year Award, MA Department of Public Health/Boston Public Health Commission in 2002. Ms. Wheeler has two Masters degrees from Suffolk University in Crime and Justice Studies with a concentration on drug policy and Public Administration. Academically, she has focused on examining how drug policy, the criminal justice system and public health intersect and on ways to improve the effectiveness of non-profit organizations in the community.