Heather Conley is a Research & Policy Advisor at the National Network for Safe Communities. In this role, Heather supports the Research and Innovations team in building and sustaining a feedback loop with partner sites and staff; researching and implementing new innovations; staying abreast of recent criminal justice research and disseminating to staff; and, works across teams to inform and lead research, analyze trends, and contribute to NNSC’s work to reduce violence and achieve public safety outcomes.
During her tenure at NNSC, Heather has also held the roles of Special Projects Associate and Field Associate. As Field Associate, Heather provided operational support and guidance to NNSC partner sites on the Field Innovations and Group Violence Intervention teams; supported NNSC’s research and development agenda by identifying and prioritizing new areas of interest; and, contributed to the conception, development, and drafting of research proposals for innovations within existing portfolios and new interventions.
Prior to joining NNSC in 2015, Heather had an over twenty-year long career as a freelance photographer. Based in Los Angeles and New York, she specialized in portraits for editorial and advertising clients. The latter years of her career focused on work that highlighted issues pertaining to social and criminal justice. Her clients have included Time, Rolling Stone, W Magazine, Essence, and the Innocence Project.
Heather is currently pursuing a BA/MA in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.