• Who We Are

    The National Network for Safe Communities supports communities implementing strategic interventions to reduce violence and community disorder, minimize arrests and incarceration, enhance police legitimacy, and rebuild relationships between law enforcement and distressed communities.


The National Network for Safe Communities, a project of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was launched in 2009 under the direction of David M. Kennedy and John Jay College President Jeremy Travis.

Director David Kennedy leads the National Network's dedicated staff at our New York City-based office, where we support and raise the profile of cities implementing proven strategic interventions to reduce violence and improve public safety, minimize arrest and incarceration, strengthen communities, and improve relationships between law enforcement and the communities it serves.

The National Network's Chicago-based staff is making critical progress in leading the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, a citywide partnership focused on reducing violence in Chicago communities.


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E: dakennedy@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)484-1323

David Kennedy


David M. Kennedy is the Director of the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY.

He led the Boston Gun Project, whose "Operation Ceasefire" intervention was responsible for a 63 percent reduction in youth homicide victimization and has since been effectively implemented in numerous cities as the Group Violence Intervention (GVI). His work in Boston won the Ford Foundation Innovations in Government award; two Herman Goldstein International Awards for Problem-Oriented Policing, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Webber Seavey Award. He developed the Drug Market Intervention (DMI) which also won an Innovations in Government Award. He helped design and field the Justice Department’s Strategic Approaches to Community Safety Initiative, the Treasury Department’s Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Drug Market Intervention Program.

He co-founded the National Network for Safe Communities, an alliance of more than 50 jurisdictions committed to strategies that combine the best of law enforcement and community-driven approaches to improve public safety, minimize arrests and incarceration, enhance police legitimacy, and rebuild relationships between law enforcement and distressed communities.

He is the author of Deterrence and Crime Prevention: Reconsidering the Prospect of Sanction, co-author of Beyond 911: A New Era for Policing, and a wide range of articles on gang violence, drug markets, domestic violence, firearms trafficking, deterrence theory, and other public safety issues. His latest book, Don’t Shoot, One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America, was published by Bloomsbury in 2011.

E: acrawford@jjay.cuny.edu T: (646)557-4795

Amy Crawford


Amy Crawford is the Deputy Director of the National Network for Safe Communities, an action-research center at John Jay College focusing on working with jurisdictions around the United States and internationally to strengthen communities and enhance public safety. In her role as deputy director, she oversees the implementation and innovations of the National Network strategies to reduce violence, minimize arrest and incarceration, enhance legitimacy, and strengthen relationships between law enforcement and communities. She is also  responsible for the organization's strategic planning, external relations, and overall operations. She is a frequent spokesperson and has presented at numerous conferences and panel discussions on the work of the National Network. Additionally, Ms. Crawford is serving as the acting Project Director of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. 

Previously, Ms. Crawford served as the deputy director at the Center for an Urban Future, a public policy organization that focuses on economic and workforce development. She also served as a public defender and as the director of development and pro bono at the Bronx Defenders, an innovative legal services organization located in the South Bronx in New York City.

Ms. Crawford holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

E: anardi@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)621-4077

Alessandro Nardi


Alessandro Nardi is the Executive Assistant to Director David Kennedy and Deputy Director Amy Crawford. Mr. Nardi is responsible for providing personalized secretarial, administrative, and operational support to Mr. Kennedy and Ms. Crawford.

Prior to joining the National Network, Mr. Nardi worked as the Office Manager of Smart Business Solutions where he was responsible for assisting clients and supporting the day-to-day functions of the business owner. He has also worked as a Legal Secretary with James, Schwartz, and Associates in Philadelphia, PA where he supported attorneys with office management and legal research tasks.

Mr. Nardi holds a BA in Political Science from Binghamton University in New York.  

E: mereiss@jjay.cuny.edu T: (646)781-5121

Meg Reiss


Meg Reiss is the Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution. Ms. Reiss is works with prosecutors, law enforcement experts, scholars, community and civic leaders, and others in the criminal justice field to reflect upon and drive innovation within the role and function of the office of the prosecutor. With more than 20 years of legal and criminal justice policy experience, Reiss has played a variety of roles as a prosecutor.  She has been a senior trial and investigative attorney, administrative division chief, policy advocate, project manager, and political leader.  

Ms. Reiss began her legal career in New York City as an assistant district attorney in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, finishing her tenure in the homicide bureau. Ms. Reiss has also served as a deputy monitor on the Kroll Inc. team that supervised the Los Angeles Police Department’s compliance with a landmark federal consent decree, overseeing the implementation of anti-discrimination, arrest, officer training, and community outreach policies and procedures. She later served in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office as the chief of staff, where she was number two to the former District Attorney. In Nassau County, she worked to broaden the role of the county prosecutor’s office to include crime prevention and criminal justice reform.  By developing and implementing initiatives that paired research data with partnerships between the community, police, local government, social service providers and prosecutors, the office drove crime decreases and improved police-community relations in Nassau County. More recently,  Ms. Reiss has advised on the Group Violence Intervention strategy that was implemented in three boroughs in London and led a team monitoring HSBC Holdings as part of a deferred prosecution agreement for violations of U.S. and U.K. laws involving money laundering and sanctions violations. Additionally, she sat on a five-member independent ethics panel overseeing the Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom. 

Ms. Reiss holds a JD from Brooklyn Law School and a BA from Colgate University. 

E: slwong@jjay.cuny.edu T: (646)557-4796

Sue-Lin Wong


Sue-Lin Wong is the Managing Director of Field Innovations at the National Network for Safe Communities. Ms. Wong participated in the team that launched the National Network. She leads the strategic planning for direct technical assistance and support for the National Network's partner jurisdictions utilizing emerging interventions, and provides strategic advising and data management to those sites. 

During her tenure at the National Network, Ms. Wong also held a research fellow position at the US-Asia Law Institute of New York University, where she conducted policy analysis on the state of death penalty reforms in Taiwan, prepared written reports for the Ford Foundation, developed strategies for working in China, fostered partnerships between academic institutes in China and research institutes in the US, and developed empirical research approaches for future pilot projects. Prior to that, Ms. Wong was an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice through the school's undergraduate honors program.

Ms. Wong received her MA in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and her BS in Psychology from State University of New York, Buffalo. 

E: mmcdonald@jjay.cuny.edu T: (646)557-4560

Meaghan McDonald


Meaghan McDonald is the Group Violence Intervention Director at the National Network for Safe Communities. She is responsible for managing direct technical assistance and support for the National Network’s partner jurisdictions, providing strategic advising and data management to sites implementing strategies to reduce violence and community disorder.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. McDonald worked in the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Public Safety in Philadelphia as part of the Focused Deterrence Group Violence Intervention strategy. As the Community Outreach Coordinator, she worked to establish community and social service provider partners to increase knowledge of and support for the strategy. She also spent four years working at Saint Joseph’s University, most recently as the Senior Analyst in the Office of Enrollment Management.

Ms. McDonald received her MA in Criminal Justice and her BS in Sociology both from Saint Joseph’s University.

E: rlocke@jjay.cuny.edu T: (646)557-4561

Rachel Locke


Rachel Locke is the Director of International Interventions at the National Network for Safe Communities. She is responsible for assisting with the management and implementation of the strategic agenda of the National Network. In her role, Ms. Locke brings the National Network's expertise in violence reduction to the international space through practical applications as well as policy discussion and research development. Ms. Locke provides direct technical assistance and support for National Network partner jurisdictions, providing strategic advising to sites implementing strategies to reduce violence and community disorder.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Locke worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at the United States Agency for International Development where she was responsible for developing and representing Agency-wide policy on issues concerning conflict, violence and fragility. She also led USAID research and policy on crime, conflict, and fragility. Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Locke served as a Technical Advisor and Economic Development Coordinator with the International Rescue Committee where she was based in Kenya and Uganda. In her work with the IRC, Ms. Locke designed programs to support increased economic opportunity and developed guide material to aid strategic the implementation process.

Ms. Locke holds a BA in International Relations with a concentration in Africa and Latin America. She also holds a MA in International Affairs from Columbia University, Graduate School of International and Public Affairs with a concentration in political development and humanitarian intervention and a regional focus on Africa. She has also published a variety of articles and other works focusing on humanitarian aid, conflict and transnational organized crime. 

E: laviles@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)393-6421

Louisa Aviles


Louisa Aviles is the Associate Director of the Group Violence Intervention at the National Network for Safe Communities. She is responsible for supporting the management of direct technical assistance and support for the National Network’s partner jurisdictions, providing strategic advising and data management to sites implementing strategies to reduce violence and community disorder.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Aviles worked in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services and was an advisor on the Young Men’s Initiative (YMI). There, she oversaw YMI programming and policy reforms specifically in the areas of educational achievement, school discipline, mentoring and violence reduction. She also spent three years working as an analyst in the Office of Management Analysis and Planning in the New York City Police Department.

Ms. Aviles received her MA in Criminal Justice from John Jay College and her BS in International Politics from Georgetown University.

E: psmith@jjay.cuny.edu T: (646)781-5127

Paul Smith


Paul Smith is a Group Violence Intervention Field Advisor with the National Network for Safe Communities. He is responsible for providing direct technical assistance and support for the National Network’s partner jurisdictions, providing strategic advising and data management to sites implementing strategies to reduce violence and community disorder.

Prior to joining the National Network, Mr. Smith worked as the Public Safety Coordinator for the City of Chattanooga. He was responsible for managing Chattanooga’s Group Violence Reduction Strategy and coordinated with city officials, law enforcement, social service providers and community members to develop and implement the strategy. Mr. Smith was also the Executive Principal of Howard School where he supervised two deputy principals, a program director, four vice-principals, ninety-four teachers, and twenty-six support staff for approximately eleven-hundred students. During Mr. Smith’s tenure, Howard School increased the graduation rate from 46% to 88% and reduced truancy from 83% to 17%.

Mr. Smith holds a M.Ed. in Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University , a MA in Ethnic Studies from Covington Theological Seminary, and a BS in Secondary Education from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 

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Laurie A. Grieco


Laurie Grieco is a Group Violence Intervention Field Advisor for the National Network for Safe Communities. She is responsible for providing technical assistance and support for the National Network’s partner jurisdictions, providing strategic advising and data management to sites implementing strategies to reduce violence and community disorder.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Grieco worked as a Senior Training Technician at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. She served as a program representative for the Gun Involved Violence Elimination Unit and worked with local law enforcement to implement evidence-based strategies to reduce gun violence. Ms. Grieco also served as a Certified Police Officer in Westport, Connecticut for four years. 

Ms. Grieco holds an AD in Liberal Arts and Humanities from Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York, a BS in Criminal Justice Counseling from Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska, and a MS in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

E: across@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)393-6366

Amy Cross


Amy Cross is a Field Adviser for the Group Violence Intervention at the National Network for Safe Communities. Ms. Cross is responsible for providing day-to-day support to National Network’s sites through hands-on strategic advisement to project managers and law enforcement executives; managing the process of law enforcement data collection and analysis; and assisting site leadership to organize direct communication with individuals involved in street violence.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Cross worked as a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Society in New York, NY where she was represented indigent persons accused of felonies, misdemeanors and violations in criminal proceedings in Bronx and Kings County Criminal and Supreme Court. Ms. Cross has also served as a Legal Intern at both the Center for Court Innovation and the Criminal Defense Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Ms. Cross holds a BA in American Studies with a concentration in Race and Ethnicity from Smith College, a MEd in Special Education from the City University of New York, Queens College, and a JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. 

E: kott@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)393-6436

Kyle Ott


Kyle Ott is a Research Analyst with the National Network for Safe Communities. He is responsible for conducting analysis and generating regular data reports—both for the National Network’s partner jurisdictions and for use by the strategic operations and policy team—to illuminate crime trends and support innovations to core strategies. He will also develop data management and analysis protocols that support the ongoing implementation of the National Network’s crime reduction strategies in partner sites.

Prior to joining the National Network, Kyle worked as a Research Assistant with the Hertie School of Governance and the German Institute for Economic Research, both in Berlin, Germany. His work included generating data visualizations to present simple stories, analysis of field experiments and longitudinal data sets, and building and testing new models. Kyle has also worked as an Associate in Research at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy where he focused on education and immigration policy.

Kyle holds a BA/BS in History and Economics from Duke University and an MPP with a concentration in Social Policy Analysis from the Hertie School of Governance.

E: jpinerio@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)393-6124

Jefferson Pinerio


Jefferson Pinerio is a Research Assistant at the National Network for Safe Communities. Mr. Pinerio is responsible for generating regular data reports and supporting the day-to-day management of partner site data, both for the National Network’s partner jurisdictions and for use by the Group Violence Intervention team, in order to illuminate crime trends and support innovation to core strategies. 

Prior to joining the staff, Mr. Pinerio served as a data intern for the National Network.

Mr. Pinerio holds a BA in Sociology and a MA in Criminology, Law & Society both from Villanova University. 

E: maodonnell@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)393-6429

Maggie O’Donnell


Maggie O'Donnell is a Project Assistant at the National Network for Safe Communities. Ms. O'Donnell is responsible for supporting day-to-day operations including scheduling, event planning, and public communication.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. O'Donnell worked as a Legal Assistant at Bromberg Kohler Maya & Maschler, PLLC where she managed cases of over 40 clients seeking protection, relief, or benefits under U.S. immigration law. She has also served as a Program Assistant on Militarism & Civil Liberties with the Friends Committee on National Legislation where she lobbied and maintained relationships with elected officials and their staffs.

Ms. O'Donnell holds a BA in Peace Studies from Goucher College where she graduated cum laude. 

E: rteicher@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)393-6356

Rachel Teicher


Rachel Teicher is the Director of the Intimate Partner Violence Intervention (IPVI) for the National Network for Safe Communities. Ms. Teicher works primarily with the Strategic Operations and Policy team and is responsible for consulting cities that are implementing IPVI. She provides hands-on strategic advising to project managers and law enforcement executives; supports the management of the process of law enforcement data collection and analysis; and assists in site leadership to organize direct communication with survivors of domestic violence and individual offenders. She works closely with National Network partners and staff to develop resources and materials related to IPVI.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Teicher worked as the Director of Strategic Coordination in the New York City Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. She helped develop new initiatives in concert with various community partners and was responsible for managing the agency’s four Self-Sufficiency programs focusing on a wide range of victim concerns. Ms. Teicher also served as the Outreach Director in the Office of External Affairs at the New York City Department of Social Services where she developed and managed a new community outreach initiative addressing issues of economic inequality, food insecurity, and emergency assistance.

Ms. Teicher holds a JD from Hofstra Law School, a MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, School of Arts and Science, and a BA in Sociology from Haverford College. 

E: cbeaulieu@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)887-6201

Ciara Beaulieu


Ciara Leann Beaulieu is a Field Associate focusing on the Intimate Partner Violence Intervention. Ms. Beaulieu is responsible for providing hands-on strategic advising to project managers and law enforcement executives; managing the process of law enforcement data collection and analysis; and assisting site leadership to organize direct communication with survivors of domestic violence and individual offenders.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Beaulieu worked as an intern in the OVW office where she worked to develop technical assistance assessments. She also worked with Women Without Borders as a member of the first ever female-led counterterrorism campaign in 2014.

Ms. Beaulieu holds a BA in Sociology with a concentration in Gender Policy and a minor in Religious Studies from Connecticut College where she graduated magna cum laude.

E: dadavis@jjay.cuny.edu T: (646)557-4455

Danneile A. Davis


Danneile A. Davis is a Field Associate for Field Innovations at the National Network for Safe Communities. Ms. Davis will help the team manage day-to-day support of the National Network’s sites, support the process of law enforcement data collection and analysis; and assist site leadership in organizing direct communication with individuals involved in street violence.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Davis worked as an Associate Consultant at Bain and Company in Chicago, IL where she crafted an operational improvement strategy at for a $7B industrial client, developed a 10-year growth strategy for a national, education-based nonprofit, and led undergraduate minority consulting recruitment at Penn and advised on Bain minority retention strategy. Ms. Davis has also served as the Head Research Assistant at the University of Pennsylvania, Political Science Department.

Ms. Davis holds a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated magna cum laude.  

E: jcrowell@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)887-6193

Jacqueline Crowell


Jacqueline Crowell is a Project Assistant at the National Network for Safe Communities. Ms. Crowell is responsible for supporting day-to-day operations including scheduling, event planning, and public communication.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Crowell served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ankazobe, Madagascar where she taught English as a second language. She also worked as a Special Projects Intern with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism and a Research Assistant with the Maryland Population Research Center and the Center for American Politics and Citizenship.

Ms. Crowell holds a BA in Government and Politics and Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park where she graduated summa cum laude. 

E: mfriedrich@jjay.cuny.edu T: (646)557-4794

Michael Friedrich


Michael Friedrich is the Senior Reserach & Policy Associate at the National Network for Safe Communities. Mr. Friedrich supervises the research, writing, and publication processes of the National Network's policy and research materials, and supports the development of new and emerging approaches to public safety and trust building. His team has produced practitioner guides, white papers, and other policy documents in addition to monitoring innovative strategies and new trends across the field criminal justice. 

Mr. Friedrich also helps manage the dissemination of information between National Network partner sites to build a community of practice around the organization's principles and approach to public safety. 

Mr. Friedrich holds BA from Hunter College, City University of New York.

E: slurie@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)393-6447

Stephen Lurie


Stephen Lurie is a Research & Policy Associate at the National Network for Safe Communities. Working primarily as a case writer, he is responsible for researching, reporting on, and writing about the status of new and innovative work in progress at National Network project sites across the country. He supports the development of new approaches to public safety and spread of information between National Network partner cities. 

Prior to joining the National Network, Mr. Lurie wrote about criminal justice, politics, and labor as a freelance journalist, and worked as a Research Fellow at the World Justice Project in Washington, DC.

He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

E: dnoble@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)621-3713

David Noble


David Noble is a Communications Associate at the National Network for Safe Communities. Mr. Noble is responsible for supporting the organization's media strategy; assisting in the production of written materials; maintaining the National Network's online communications; and facilitating media and public speaking requests.

Prior to joining the National Network, Mr. Noble worked at Treato where he wrote and edited articles, managed the company’s social media platforms and supported the CEO in communications tasks. He also worked with Grassroot Soccer in Cape Town, South Africa where he helped draft annual reports for partner organizations and co-authored a report detailing suggestions for improving sustainability for the organization’s Peace Corps partnerships.

Mr. Noble holds a BA in History from Yale University and speaks fluent French.  

E: adowla@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)621-3791

Ahmad Dowla


Ahmad Dowla is the Director of Operations & Finance for the National Network for Safe Communities where he provides leadership to the organization's operations and finance teams and works closely with senior management to provide operational and fiscal analysis and guidance on all organizational activities, plans, and targets.

Mr. Dowla is responsible for ensuring that the Network's financial and operational systems are robust, compliant, and support both current activities and future growth; allocating materials and human resources; evaluating overall fiscal performance; establishing internal policies; leading, developing, and implementing technology initiatives to support the National Network's mission; and regularly assessing the efficiency of the organization's procedures and systems.

Prior to joining the National Network, Mr. Dowla spent 10 years at the Center for an Urban Future, a nonprofit public policy think tank dedicated to reducing inequality, increasing economic mobility, and growing the economy in New York City. He served in various capacities including his most recent role as Deputy Director where he was responsible for the organization's strategic planning, project management, external relations, and overall operations. Since 2011, Mr. Dowla has also served as a business, technology, and design consultant for a variety of nonprofits and small businesses, helping clients realize their organizational visions through innovative and comprehensive operational solutions.

E: ksupino@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)393-6367

Kate Supino


Kate Supino is the Associate Director of Finance for the National Network for Safe Communities. She oversees complicated grants and serves as key resource for problem solving with internal and external offices. Ms. Supino is responsible for the distribution of grant expenses and reimbursements, staying current and compliant with the changes in the Federal/State Regulations governing grant management, producing reports for funders, overseeing the process of reimbursements to ensure compliance with requirements and guidelines of any particular grant.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Supino worked in the New York State Office of the Inspector General, where she analyzed state government expenditures, prepared investigators' court testimony, and performed policy research and analysis for investigators, attorneys and auditors.

Ms. Supino received her BA in International Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is completing her MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

E: zchang@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)393-6317

Zhi Ying Chang


Ying Chang is the Associate Director of Operations for the National Network for Safe Communities. She is responsible for organizing conferences and workshops, both in the New York office and across the country, supporting travel arrangements for staff and their partners, and managing the schedules of the National Network's senior staff. Additionally, Ms. Chang coordinates with departmental staff to ensure smooth daily operations of the office.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Chang was the Senior Director of Product Development for Chloe and Isabel Inc., which creates and sells costume jewelry. There, she established product development for the new start-up company, authored web content for the e-commerce site, and developed operational procedures that increased efficiency across the departments.

Ms. Chang received her BA in Business Administration, Market/Advertising from Touro College in New York, NY.

E: hconley@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)621-3765

Heather Conley


Heather Conley is a Special Projects Associate at the National Network for Safe Communities.  Working closely with the directors and senior staff, Ms. Conley is responsible for overseeing and managing a variety of projects including outreach to and coordinating with external National Network partners. Additionally, Ms. Conley is responsible for facilitating internal communication between staff, and providing opportunities for professional growth for staff members.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Conley spent over 20 years working as a freelance photographer in Los Angeles and New York, specializing in portraits for editorial and advertising clients with a more recent emphasis 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.

Ms. Conley is currently pursuing a BA in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

E: msantanna@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)887-6110

Mariana Sant’Anna


Mariana Sant’Anna is an Events and Purchasing Associate at the National Network for Safe Communities. Ms. Sant’Anna is responsible for managing administration and logistics of various internal and external events. This will include routine and impromptu purchases made by the National Network from its affiliated vendors such as preparing and processing purchase orders or purchase requests, keeping records of purchases, keeping vendor information up to date, and providing training on related applications and policies.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Sant’Anna worked as the Development Coordinator at Sponsors for Education Opportunity where she maintained a fundraising and alumni database, donor files, managed and tracked gift information, and provided administrative support for all events. 

Ms. Sant’Anna holds a BA in Psychology from Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, City University of New York, where she graduated with honors. 

E: aguzik@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)393-6811

Alyssa Guzik


Alyssa Guzik is a Finance Associate at the National Network for Safe Communities. Ms. Guzik is responsible for collecting and tracking grant proposal submission and assists in compiling materials to finalize contract terms and budgets. She also monitors budget review processes and coordinates various administrative activity with funders. 

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Guzik worked as an administrative assistant with Pepsi Beverages Company. She was responsible for maintaining systems to track funds and various administrative needs. Ms. Guzik also worked at Bank of America as a Sales and Service Specialist.

Ms. Guzik holds a BS in Hospitality Management from Johnson and Wales University and a M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University.  

E: vvera@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)484-1364

Veronica N. Vera


Veronica N. Vera is a Finance Associate at the National Network for Safe Communities. Ms. Vera assists in the administration of grant and financial operations, including coordinating the reimbursement process; maintaining compliance with regulations, contact with administrators, and organization of fund disbursement and reimbursement; and tracking and executing reporting requirements.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Vera worked as the Operations Manager at Dos Caminos Restaurant in New York City where she oversaw personnel administration and day-to-day management.

Ms. Vera holds an A.S. in Culinary Arts and a B.S. in Food Service Management, both from Johnson and Wales University. 

E: nonyema@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)393-6368

Nnenna Onyema


Nnenna C. Onyema is the Project Manager of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. Ms. Onyema works directly with the Project Director to oversee project implementation and provide strategic advising to National Initiative partners and pilot sites. Her work includes managing grant deliverables and logistical operations.

Prior to joining the National Initiative, Ms. Onyema worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at Columbia University’s School of Social Work where she examined the mental health effects that police brutality and the media exposure of such abuses have on people of color. She also served as a Health Policy Fellow for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Ms. Onyema holds a BA in Sociology with a minor in Business Administration from Rutgers University where she graduated magna cum laude, and a MS in Social Work with a concentration in Policy Practice from Columbia University, School of Social Work. 

E: skuhn@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)393-6307

Sam Kuhn


Sam Kuhn is a Field Advisor with the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. Mr. Kuhn is responsible for providing hands on advising to the National Initiative's six pilot sites and executing the field research and publication of a practical guide to enhancing police legitimacy and community-law enforcement collaboration in cities across the country. 

Prior to joining the National Network, Mr. Kuhn was a Research Assistant for Conflict Dynamics International in Cambridge, MA, where he supported their work on developing sustainable governance arrangement options in Sudan and Somalia. He also helped develop the National Network’s research on procedural justice and police legitimacy as an intern in the summer of 2013.

Mr. Kuhn holds a BA in Government and Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University. 

E: stsuruoka@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)887-6124

Sonia Tsuruoka


Sonia Tsuruoka is a Field Associate with the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. Ms. Tsuruoka is responsible for supporting research and literature reviews; assisting in the production of articles, memoranda, presentations, guidebooks, and other literature; and supporting the technical assistance work in the National Initiative's six pilot cities. 

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Tsuruoka worked as the Social Media Marketing Coordinator with Oxford University Press, where she managed multi-platform social media campaigns, and wrote and edited articles for the Oxford University Press Blog. 

Ms. Tsuruoka holds a BA in Writing Seminars and Political Science from Johns Hopkins University where she graduated with honors. She also received an undergraduate certificate in Comparative Racial Politics. 

E: swyborksi@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)621-3766

Selena Wyborski


Selena Wyborski is a Project Assistant at the National Network for Safe Communities supporting the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. Ms. Wyborski is responsible for supporting day-to-day operations including scheduling, event planning, and public communication.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Wyborski worked as a Litigation Legal Assistant at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP where she assisted teams of attorneys during all stages of complex litigation including Department of Justice investigations, class action suits, and other matters through case law research and document organization. She has also worked at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice where she conducted research for the organization’s equal justice policy initiatives on topics including juvenile justice, barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated individuals, and prison phone rates.

Ms. Wyborski holds a BA in Political Science from Columbia University.  

E: ssalmon@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)887-6195

ShanaKay Salmon


ShanaKay Salmon is a Project Assistant for the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution (IIP). Ms. Salmon is responsible support day-to-day operations including scheduling, event planning, and public communication.

Prior to joining the IIP, Ms. Salmon worked as an Administrative Assistant and an Investigative Assistant with Advanced Investigation, LLC in New Haven, Connecticut. At Advanced Investigation, she was responsible for case intake and the creation of case files, conducting background searches, conducting surveillance with field investigators, and liaising with various police departments. 

Ms. Salmon holds a BA in Criminology with a concentration in International Affairs from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, and a MS in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Victimology from the University of New Haven in Connecticut.   

E: agoldberg@jjay.cuny.edu T: (212)393-6816

Allison Goldberg


Allison Goldberg is an Operations and Policy Associate for the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution (IIP). Ms. Goldberg helps manage the day-to-day work of the IIP while offering strategic guidance on the IIP’s program offering. She also manages the research and development of policies and practices for the IIP.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Goldberg worked as a Program Associate for the Council of State Governments Justice Center, where she wrote articles for the Council’s newsletter and synthesized research on diversion, reentry and treatment options into accessible tools for policymakers and practitioners. She was also an Intern at the White House’s Domestic Policy Council, Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity (UJO), where she delivered policy support to the Deputy Assistant to the President for UJO and wrote blog posts for the official White House website.

Ms. Goldberg holds a BA in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University, where she graduated magna cum laude, and a Masters in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. 

David Kennedy

Director

Amy Crawford

Deputy Director

Alessandro Nardi

Executive Assistant

Meg Reiss

Executive Director, Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

Sue-Lin Wong

Managing Director, Field Innovations

Meaghan McDonald

Director, Group Violence Intervention

Rachel Locke

Director, International Interventions

Louisa Aviles

Associate Director, Group Violence Intervention

Paul Smith

Field Advisor, Group Violence Intervention

Laurie A. Grieco

Field Advisor, Group Violence Intervention

Amy Cross

Field Advisor, Group Violence Intervention

Kyle Ott

Research Analyst

Jefferson Pinerio

Research Assistant

Maggie O’Donnell

Project Assistant, Group Violence Intervention

Rachel Teicher

Director, Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

Ciara Beaulieu

Field Associate, Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

Danneile A. Davis

Field Associate, Field Innovations

Jacqueline Crowell

Project Assistant, Field Innovations

Michael Friedrich

Senior Research & Policy Associate

Stephen Lurie

Research & Policy Associate

David Noble

Communications Associate

Ahmad Dowla

Director, Operations & Finance

Kate Supino

Associate Director, Finance

Zhi Ying Chang

Associate Director, Operations

Heather Conley

Special Projects Associate

Mariana Sant’Anna

Events and Purchasing Associate

Alyssa Guzik

Finance Associate

Veronica N. Vera

Finance Associate

Nnenna Onyema

Project Manager, National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

Sam Kuhn

Field Advisor, National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

Sonia Tsuruoka

Field Associate, National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

Selena Wyborski

Project Assistant, National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

ShanaKay Salmon

Project Assistant, Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

Allison Goldberg

Operations and Policy Associate, Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

E: cmallette@jjay.cuny.edu T: (773)991-7101

Christopher Mallette


Christopher Mallette is the Executive Director of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy. The Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy seeks to dramatically reduce group and gang violence in the City of Chicago.  The Violence Reduction Strategy is a joint effort of the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Chicago Police Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Illinois Department of Corrections, the Westside Health Authority, the Safer Foundation, Teamwork Englewood and a variety of community and faith-based partners.

Prior to assuming this role with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Mr. Mallette served in the Mayor’s Office as the Director of Community Safety Initiatives, where he focused on youth violence prevention, juvenile justice, gang intervention and prevention, and ex-offender reentry initiatives. Before his appointment to the Mayor’s Office, Mr. Mallette served as the Executive Director of Chicago’s Juvenile Intervention Support Center. 

Mr. Mallette has devoted his life to advocating for social justice and serving residents and children in urban communities.  He has also served the City of Chicago as an Assistant Corporation Counsel; the Faith Community of St. Sabina as General Counsel, Executive Director of the youth center, and Athletic Director; and the Chicago Public Schools as a Magnet Schools Cluster Coordinator. He has been a featured guest on ABC’s Nightline, the CBS Evening News, Fox in the Morning news broadcast, CNN, and Fox News Hannity and Colmes. Mr. Mallette is a Princeton University graduate and received his Law Degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He and his wife Kendall have four children: Luke, age 16, Zion, age 14, Judah, age 9, and Levi, age 6.

E: thurley@jjay.cuny.edu T: (773)383-0321

Tom Hurley


Tom Hurley is the Senior Project Manager of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy. The Violence Reduction Strategy is a joint effort of the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Chicago Police Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Illinois Department of Corrections, the Westside Health Authority, the Safer Foundation, Teamwork Englewood and a variety of community and faith-based partners.

Mr. Hurley has served in the field of Community Corrections and Public Safety for more than 20 years. His experiences in the area of public safety include the development, implementation and operational oversight of the largest reentry program in the country in partnership with the Illinois Department of Corrections, as well as with other jurisdictions nationally. He possesses a deep knowledge of criminal justice research and evidence-based practices. Mr. Hurley has learned how to operationalize this research into practice not only within his past reentry but within the framework of Chicago's Violence Reduction Strategy, as well.  

Mr. Hurley has an even longer history serving in the church ministry and racial and ethnic reconciliation ministry. These many years of service have provided him with the foundation, heart, and passion to empathize with and walk with others toward the opportunity to change and transform their lives. He is a gifted teacher and believes in the process of behavioral change and sharing that knowledge to enlighten and empower others to reach their true potential.

Mr. Hurley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Norbert College, a Mid-Management Certificate from Loyola University, a Masters degree in Human Services Administration from Spertus College and is an Ordained Minister at New Life Covenant Church on the Southside of Chicago. He is a certified trainer in racial and ethnic reconciliation from Salter McNeil and Associates and Moral Reconciliation Therapy from Correctional Counseling Incorporated. Mr. Hurley and his wife, Janet, have three children, Joshua, Rebekah and Lidia, and he and finds great joy in being a part of their growth and development. He also enjoys a variety of sports, travel, board games, family gatherings and sharing his gift of teaching.

E: dhigens@jjay.cuny.edu T: (312)745-6148

Debra Higens


Debra Higens is the Project Manager of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy. The Violence Reduction Strategy is a joint effort of the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Chicago Police Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Illinois Department of Corrections, the Westside Health Authority, the Safer Foundation, Teamwork Englewood and a variety of community and faith-based partners.

Ms. Higens' experience in public safety includes 15 years as a Deputy Sheriff with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, a career she finished as an Investigator. Ms. Higens was the Chief of Operations for an Adult Transitional Center, where she worked closely with the Illinois Department of Corrections. Prior to working for Chicago VRS, Ms. Higens was the Project Safe Neighborhoods Coordinator for the U. S. Attorney's Office in Chicago. Ms. Higens is certified by the Department of Homeland Security as an Incident Commander (Single and Multiple), by the Illinois Department of Corrections as a Certified Investigator, and has participated in several major national conferences, including the Franklin Covey workshop. 

Ms. Higens is currently working toward her BA in Social Justice from De Paul University and received an AAS in Criminal Justice from Moraine Valley Community College. She is actively involved in her church as a Eucharist Minister. Ms. Higens is also a certified foster parent with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. She has four children, Christy Lynn, Amber Leigh, Patricia Pearl and Jonathan Richard, and has found great joy in taking three of her children from the system and giving them a loving home. Ms. Higens enjoys reading her favorite author James Patterson as well as spending time with her children and her three dogs.

E: sbill@jjay.cuny.edu T: (312)745-6149

Silvana S. Bill


Silvana S. Bill a Project Associate for the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy. The Violence Reduction Strategy is a joint effort of the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Chicago Police Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Illinois Department of Corrections, the Westside Health Authority, the Safer Foundation, Teamwork Englewood and a variety of community and faith-based partners.

Ms. Bill is a native of Peru and has lived in Chicago, Illinois since 2001. Her prior experience includes having served as Outreach Coordinator for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Mrs. Bill’s bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. Silvana and her husband Jeff have a son, Zachary Nicolas. She enjoys traveling, cooking, spending time with her family and furry son Benji.  

Ms. Bill holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Saint Mary in Perú.

E: rstrickland@jjay.cuny.edu T: (312)745-6149

Randell Strickland


Randell Strickland is the Assistant Project Manager of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy. The Violence Reduction Strategy is a joint effort of the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Chicago Police Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Illinois Department of Corrections, the Westside Health Authority, the Safer Foundation, Teamwork Englewood and a variety of community and faith-based partners.

Mr. Strickland is an educator by training with a teaching background in Social Studies, Political Science, African-American Studies, Museum-based education and International Studies with a focus on the African Diaspora. He has had the pleasure of practicing his craft at both his undergraduate and graduate school institutions, The Field Museum, as well as in Chicago Public Schools.

He has spent the bulk of his career in Juvenile Justice focusing on administration, advocacy, policy and legislative reform in Illinois. In those capacities he has worked with the Cook County Juvenile Probation Department, The MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Initiative, and the Governor’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. Randell also served on the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission from 2010 to 2013.

Since 2008, Randell has been a Restorative Justice practitioner, trained in conducting peace circles and establishing youth peer juries. He served as a Dean of Restorative Justice in the Chicago Public Schools from 2012-2015. One of his current and most challenging roles yet is as an international student exchange host for a 6’10 high school basketball player from Giza, Egypt.

Mr. Strickland holds a BA in Political Science and Modern Languages (French, Spanish) from Knox College where he graduated cum. He also did graduate work in American Public Law & Comparative Politics at the University of Michigan. 

Christopher Mallette

Executive Director, Chicago VRS

Tom Hurley

Senior Project Manager, Chicago VRS

Debra Higens

Project Manager, Chicago VRS

Silvana S. Bill

Project Associate, Chicago VRS

Randell Strickland

Assistant Project Manager