Gretchen Bergman


Gretchen Burns Bergman is Executive Director / Co-Founder of A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing), a non-profit organization that works to reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders through education and compassionate support and to advocate for therapeutic rather than punitive drug policies.  She served as California State Chairperson for Proposition 36 in 2000 (treatment instead of incarceration), and she was one of the three signers of Prop 64 in 2016 to legalize marijuana. She is lead organizer of the Moms United to End the War on Drugs international campaign, started in 2009. Her articles on therapeutic justice and harm reduction strategies have been published nationwide, and she has spoken before countless audiences. Since 2014, A New PATH has been providing overdose prevention trainings and Narcan distribution in San Diego County. She has two grown sons who are in long-term recovery from heroin addiction.