Jeff Beeson serves as the Deputy Director and Chief of Staff for the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (W/B HIDTA) program, where he is responsible for the overall administration of the HIDTA program including the budget, annual report, threat assessment and strategy, as well as direct oversight of the treatment, prevention, and training initiatives. Prior to joining the W/B HIDTA, Jeff served as Assistant Vice President for Applied Research at Towson University, overseeing a portfolio of state and federal grants and contracts supporting workforce and public safety initiatives. Jeff has been appointed to several positions within Maryland state government, including the Maryland Department of Public Safety. He began his career as a senate staffer for U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland. Jeff has a master's degree in social sciences, with a focus in criminal justice.