Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic

About Us

About Us


About S.A.F.E. Project US

S.A.F.E. Project US (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic) is a national nonprofit working through a disciplined, collaborative, multi-pronged and non-partisan approach to end the nation’s catastrophic opioid epidemic. Founders Mary and Admiral James Winnefeld established the organization in November 2017, following the loss of their 19-year old son Jonathan to opioids. For more information visit our donation and endorsement policy pages.


Our Mission: 

To contribute in a tangible way to overcoming the epidemic of opioid addiction in the United States.

Our Vision: 

Support action that will prevent fatal opioid overdoses, and to otherwise mitigate opioid addiction’s impact on our society.

*Click here to Read About Our Six Lines of Operation

Our Guiding Principles:

We will stick to our lines of operation.

We will not compete with related efforts – rather, we will be a unifier.

We will seek meaningful metrics.

We will provide feedback to our donors.

We will strive for meaningful action.

We will sustain the effort.

We will use evidence-based approaches.

We will be non-partisan, but will illuminate policy choices and who is making them.

Our Founders:


Retired Navy Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and served for 37 years in the United States Navy. He retired in 2015 after serving four years as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the United States’ number two ranking military officer.

Admiral Winnefeld is a frequently published author and a director or advisory board member for several companies, including Enterprise Holdings, operating in a broad spectrum of business sectors.  He currently serves as Distinguished Professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, where he is also a member of the Engineering Hall of Fame.  He is on the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy, and a senior non-resident fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. 




Mary A. Winnefeld is the co-founder of the S.A.F.E. Project, a non-profit organization working through a disciplined, collaborative, multi-pronged and non-partisan approach to end our country’s catastrophic opioid epidemic. Mary and her husband, retired Navy admiral and former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James “Sandy” Winnefeld, established the organization in November 2017 following the loss of their 19-year old son Jonathan to an accidental opioid overdose.

Through her personal experience as a military spouse and mother, Ms. Winnefeld has been actively involved in the health and welfare of military and veteran families, as well as the policies and procedures that affect their lives. She has a keen awareness of the hardships that affect military families─especially the stress involved with casualty, illness, multiple deployments and numerous moves─and has been a dedicated advocate to them for more than thirty years.

Ms. Winnefeld currently serves on the board of directors for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Cohen Veterans Network, USO Metropolitan Washington and is an Ambassador for the Tragedy Assistance for Survivors (TAPS).  She previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) and on the grant committee for Newman’s Own Foundation.

Prior to dedicating her life to the S.A.F.E. mission and the welfare of military and veteran families, Ms. Winnefeld was employed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) for close to 20 years, serving as a program manager for NATO as well as a member of SAIC’s Ethics Board.

Ms. Winnefeld is the recipient of both the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy Meritorious Public Service Award.

Ms. Winnefeld holds a BA from the University of San Diego and a MA from San Diego State University.


Our Guiding Coalition

These are people who have offered to actively provide advice and guidance to drive our efforts.

Dr. Sarah Werner (Dentist, Denver, Colorado)

Ms. Bonnie Carroll (CEO, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS)

Ms. Shailagh Murray (article editing)

Mr. Jack Dougherty (article editing)

Dr. Jack Barchas (Cornell University research psychologist)

Mr John Bridgeland (CEO, Civic Enterprises)

Mr. Denis McDonough

Ms. Anna McDonough (Cozen Connor)

Mr. Peter Corsell

Ms. Terri Tanelian