Heather Conley is a Field Associate for the Field Innovations team at the National Network for Safe Communities. Heather provides operational support and guidance to NNSC partner sites on the Field Innovations and Group Violence Intervention teams; supports NNSC’s research and development agenda by identifying and prioritizing new areas of interest; and, contributes to the conception, development, and drafting of research proposals for innovations within existing portfolios and new interventions.
During her tenure at NNSC, Heather has also held the roles of Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director, and Special Projects Associate. As Special Projects Associate, Heather managed the logistics and development of programmatic content for numerous conference panels, working sessions, and national conferences including NNSC’s 2017 bi-annual conference, and managed the production and logistics for the Smart on Crime Innovations conference hosted at John Jay College in 2017 and 2018.
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.