About the center
About the center
About the center
                             Priscilla Lisicich, Ph. D.
                                            Co-Director of the National Meth Center

                                            In addition to her directorship of the meth center, Dr. Lisicich also is
                                            executive director of the Safe Streets Campaign in Pierce County,
                                            Washington. She has extensive experience in the areas of community
                                            coalition development, substance abuse prevention, adult learning and
                                            strategic planning.

                                            Safe Streets is a grass roots neighborhood organizing project, formed
                                            in 1989, that builds civic involvement through citizen empowerment
                                            and establishes and strengthens community and institutional
                                            partnerships for community safety. 

Using her role at Safe Streets as a launching point, Dr. Lisicich worked with key community partners to establish and fund The Washington State Methamphetamine Initiative to eradicate and prevent methamphetamine. In this project Dr. Lisicich has led the technical assistance team for community mobilization statewide by establishing multi-disciplinary action teams in each of the thirty-nine counties. Additionally, she has led the state in establishing a drug-endangered children program as a key part of the statewide methamphetamine eradication campaign.

With the recent resurgence of illegal gang activity Dr. Lisicich also has been called upon to work with national education efforts to inform community workers & police about gang prevention strategies. She also is president of Venture Learning in Tacoma, Wash., which provides consultation to education, human service and business organizations in community change, strategic planning, facilitation, collaboration and project design and development.

Prior positions held:
Vice president at Unuson Corporation, San Jose, Calif.
  • Regional director of the University of Phoenix, San Jose, Calif.
  • Community education coordinator at Birmingham (Mich.) Public Schools
  • Director of the National Clearinghouse at the National Community Education Association, Flint. Mich.
  • Community laboratory placement specialist at the Tacoma (Wash.) Public Schools

  • University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Wash.
  • The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.
  • National Interagency Counterdrug Institute
  • University of Phoenix
  • St. Mary's College, California
  • University of Redlands, California
  • Regis College, Denver, CO

Boards, commissions and appointments:
  • Washington State Governor's Council on Substance Abuse (both as a member and chair)Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors
  • American Leadership Forum, Board
  • Pierce County Alliance Board, vice president
  • Governor's Substance Abuse Prevention Advisory Committee
  • Washington State Incentive Grant
  • Washington State Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention
  • Governor's Methamphetamine Coordinating Committee
  • Washington State Methamphetamine Initiative
  • Pierce County Law & Justice Commission
  • Pierce County Methamphetamine Action Team
  • Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Advisory Committee
  • Tacoma Public Schools, District Safety Committee
  • Golden Tennis Shoe Award - Senator Patty Murray
  • National Interagency Counterdrug Institute Advisory Committee
  • High Intensity Drug Traffic Area, Executive Committee
  • Byrne Memorial Grant Advisory Committee
  • Washington State Law & Justice Advisory Committee
  • Another Door to Learning, Board of Directors
  • Join Together Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • American Leadership Forum, Class IV

  • University of Michigan - Ph.D., 1976
  • Arizona State University - Masters of Arts in Education, 1974
  • University of Puget Sound - BA - Political Science, 1969
  • Austro-American Institute, Vienna, Austria, 1968

  • “Meth is a Killer. Help is the Healer”, Washington State Meth Initiative, 2005
  • Washington State site on Methpedia.org – A national website on meth challenges and solutions.
  • "Methamphetamine Abuse in Washington State", Priscilla Lisicich and Carol Owens, Washington State Community, Trade and Economic Development. May 2000
  • "Prevention of Blood-Borne Infections", a report issued by joint workgroups:  Governor's Council on HIV/AIDS and Governor's Council on Substance Abuse.  February 2000.
  • "Access to Substance Abuse Treatment in Washington State", Priscilla Lisicich and Carol Owens.  Washington State Community, Trade and Economic Development.  January 2000.
  • "Implementation of Initiative 692, The Washington Medical Use of Marijuana Act."  Lisicich, Priscilla and Carol Owens, Washington State Community, Trade and Economic Development.  January 2000.