Steven Davenport


Mr. Davenport currently serves as an Advisor (2013 – ), but previously he has been Managing Director (2012-2013) and Analyst (2010 – 2011). As an analyst, his work with BOTEC has included studies of illicit markets, swift-and-certain sanctioning regimes, and strategies for violence reduction in Mexican drug markets. Mr. Davenport has served as project manager for BOTEC’s two major projects advising jurisdictions for cannabis legalization laws: First, for the Washington State Liquor Control Board regarding the implementation of Initiative 502, Washington State’s law to legalize and regulate cannabis. For that effort, he headed BOTEC’s Washington State headquarters and coordinated communications between BOTEC, the client, and the media. Second, for the Government of Jamaica’s Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC) as they sought to write regulations for Jamaica’s new medical cannabis regime authorized by the Dangerous Drug (Amendment) Act of 2015. Mr. Davenport studied under Professor Kleiman at UCLA as an undergraduate, where he majored in International Development Studies and earned a minor in Public Affairs. Mr. Davenport received a Master’s of Science in Public Policy and Management (Data Analytics Track) at the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University. As of Fall 2015, he has been working on a doctorate degree in Policy Analysis at Pardee RAND.

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