Chief Jim Bueermann (Ret.)

Jim Bueermann is the president of the Police Foundation, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting innovation and improvement in policing through its research, technical assistance, training, professional services, and communication programs. As president, Bueermann directs all foundation operations and is a voting member of the board of directors.

Jim Bueermann worked for the Redlands Police Department for 33 years, serving in every unit within the department. He was appointed chief of police and director of Housing, Recreation and Senior Services in 1998. He retired in June 2011.

As chief, he developed a holistic approach to community policing and problem solving that consolidated housing and recreation services into the police department and was based on risk and protective factor research into adolescent problem prevention. This strategy was recognized as one of the country’s 25 most innovative programs in the 2000 Innovations in American Government program sponsored by Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Jim was the first police chief to be inducted as an honorary fellow in the Academy of Experimental Criminology and into the halls of fame at George Mason University’s Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy and the School of Behavioral Science at California State University, San Bernardino.

He is on policing advisory boards at Cambridge University, George Mason University, John Jay College, and the Council for State Governments and works extensively in the field of evidence-based policing, innovative technologies, and prisoner reentry.

Prior to coming to the Police Foundation, he was an executive fellow with the US Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice and a senior fellow at George Mason University.

He is a graduate of California State University, San Bernardino, the University of Redlands, the FBI National Academy, and the California Command College.


Board Member: 2012-Present


George Bohlinger III

George Bohlinger III serves as the Chief Executive Officer of ClearInsight Solutions. Following his career in the Federal government, he has served as Managing Partner of Easton Hanover Partners, LLP and as a Senior Vice President for Government Solutions at EDS Corporation. His government positions included: Executive Associate Commissioner – Management – CIO & CFO of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; U. S. Deputy Associate Attorney General; Acting Administrator / Assistant Administrator – Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, U.S. Department of Justice; and Superintendent, Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Norfolk. George is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and of Dartmouth College. He currently serves on both local and national non-profit boards.

Board Member: 2004-Present

Henry DeGeneste

Henry DeGeneste serves as a Consultant and Member of the Security Intelligence Advisory Board for iJet International. He is President of HDG Consulting, Inc. Previously he was a Managing Partner at Security Directors Advisory Group, LLC, and prior to that he served as Vice President of Global Security for Prudential Financial, where he was the senior executive responsible for enterprise-wide security and crisis management. Additionally, he spent 23 years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey serving as the Director of Public Safety and Superintendent of Police. He is a published author and has been a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities on topics of crisis and risk management, emergency preparedness, trans-national terrorism, transportation policing, and aviation, rail, and seaport security. He is a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is the former President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. He holds a B.A. in Business Management from Adelphi University, is a David Rockefeller and Leadership New Jersey Fellow and a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute lX. He also served for fifteen years as an Adjunct Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Board Member: 2014-Present

Clarence Edwards

Clarence Edwards has more than 38 years of extensive experience directing critical law enforcement, security and contingency management operations for agencies at the county, state, and federal level.  He currently is an independent law enforcement and security consultant.  He was Assistant Commissioner of the Federal Protective Service, then within the United States General Services Administration (GSA). He directed the development of government-wide mitigation strategies to combat threats to federal government facilities and personnel and evaluated risks from weapons of mass destruction.  He was responsible for directing GSA’s nationwide law enforcement and security program for over 8,500 federal buildings and facilities. Edwards began his law enforcement career with the United States Park Police and retired from that force after 21 years of service in 1984 holding the rank of major.  He subsequently served as commander of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police from 1985 until 1991 when he was appointed chief of police for Montgomery County, Maryland.  He was Maryland’s first African American county police chief and served in this capacity until 1994. He received a Master of Science degree in applied psychology from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from American University.

Board Member: 2010-Present

Cheryl Anthony Epps, JD

Cheryl Anthony Epps is a senior investigator for JDG Associates Incorporated, specializing in federal Equal Employment Opportunity law, federal employee misconduct and federal management inquiries. She served as an adjunct professor in criminal and constitutional law at American University from 2001-2011. Epps has been a sought-after consultant in equal opportunity law for companies and agencies ranging from the General Services Administration to International Brands. She was Legislative Director for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers from 1992-95 and Director of Government Policy for the National Drug Policy Foundation from 1995-97. She was an Assistant District Attorney in New York City from 1983-1985. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Howard University.

Board Member: 2014-Present

Paul Helmke, JD

Paul Helmke, former president and CEO of the Brady Center/Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and three-term mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a professor of practice at University of Indiana School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He is the founding director of the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center at the university. Helmke’s professional interests include law and public policy, civic education and participation, mayoral and nonprofit leadership, urban issues, and gun control. Helmke practiced law in Fort Wayne for more than 14 years before winning an upset victory over a two-term incumbent mayor in 1987. During the 1990s, he was appointed to Federal cabinet advisory committees dealing with violence against women and school-to-work transitions. He served as president of the U. S. Conference of Mayors during his final term in office. In 1998, Helmke won the primary to be the Republican nominee for U. S. Senate in Indiana, but lost in the general election to former Governor Evan Bayh. Helmke is an Indiana University alum and graduated with highest distinction in 1970. As an undergrad, Helmke was student body president during an era of student protest and activism and was selected to Phi Beta Kappa. He studied law at Yale University, receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 1973, in the same class as Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Board Member: 2012-Present

Jonathan Knowles

Jonathan Knowles is a senior strategy advisor to the CEO and CTO at Autodesk, makers of software for designers, engineers, architects, filmmakers, and game developers. Prior to Autodesk, Knowles held senior strategy, marketing, and product management positions at Adobe and Apple. Knowles is a former faculty member of the Claremont Colleges, a lifelong learner from the University of California, Harvard, and Cornell, a faculty member and Design Track Chair at Singularity University, an X Prize Visioneer, a regular participant at TED and TEDGlobal, and the curator and organizer of TEDxLosGatos. He is regularly invited to deliver advisory briefings to Fortune Global 500 senior executives, government leaders, and tier-one academics around the world concerning the future of technology and its societal implications. He has also been a featured speaker at conferences throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. He is a member and contributor to numerous professional associations, ranging from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics to the Police Futurists International.  He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Los Gatos Music and Arts, producers of “Jazz on the Plazz”, and “Music in the Park.” Knowles serves as the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Foundation.

Board Member: 2013-Present

Joseph Mancias, Jr.

Joseph Mancias, Jr., is a Principal with NashNogales, LLC, having previously served as a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service in the last 25 of his 42 years in federal service. He served in leadership positions in the Departments of Justice, Labor, Commerce, Homeland Security, and Veterans Administration as well as with the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and the President’s Economic Stabilization Program. Federal service included leading the Nation’s Decennial Census Promotion Program, advancing human resource and training programs at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, serving as the principal author for a Presidential Executive Order directing Departments to correct Hispanic under-representation following federal merit principles. He also served in the U.S. Navy on active and reserve duty, beginning as a Seaman Recruit and completing his military service after 37 years as a Captain with assignments including duty in Vietnam and serving as commanding officer of six reserve commands. He began his professional career as a reporter for CBS affiliates, KZTV and Radio KSIX. He is a graduate of Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas, Texas A&I (now Texas A&M) at Kingsville, The American University Kogod College of Business, Washington, D.C., Harvard’s Senior Managers in Government program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Federal Executive Institute.

Board Member: 2015-Present

Bernard Melekian, DPPD

Bernard Melekian was appointed the Undersheriff for Santa Barbara County in January 2015. He has 36 years of local law enforcement experience, including serving as the Police Chief for the city of Pasadena for 13 years. He also served with the Santa Monica Police Department for 23 years where he was awarded the Medal of Valor in 1978 and the Medal of Courage in 1980. He was selected as the Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) by Attorney General Eric Holder, serving from 2009-2013. He oversaw the development of the concept of Collaborative Reform, a widely acclaimed alternative to the traditional consent decree. This work was first utilized in collaboration with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in 2012. He is a nationally recognized expert in police practices, with specific experience in achieving collaborative change in the culture of law enforcement organizations. His doctoral work on Values-Based Discipline in Law Enforcement Organizations received the Sol Price Award as the outstanding doctoral project of 2012 in the School of Policy, Planning and Development by the University of Southern California. Dr. Melekian served in the United States Army from 1967 to 1970. As a member of the United States Coast Guard Reserve, he was called to active duty in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm and served in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Melekian served a second tour of active duty in 2003 when he served for eight months in the Pacific area. He retired from the Coast Guard Reserves in 2009, after 26 years of service.

Board Member: 2013-2017
Chairman: 2017-Present

Mark S. Mellman

Mark Mellman is one of the nation’s leading public opinion researchers and communication strategists. He is CEO of The Mellman Group, a polling and consulting firm whose clients include leading political figures, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the nation’s most important public interest groups. Mellman, who counts among his clients Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Whip Steny Hoyer, has helped guide the campaigns of eighteen U.S. Senators, nine Governors, over two-dozen Members of Congress, and numerous state and local officials. As a consultant to the Democratic Leadership, Mellman plays a central role in developing strategies on a variety of issues. Mellman has worked with a wide range of political and corporate clients in countries around the globe, including Great Britain, Israel, Costa Rica, Uruguay, and the Republic of Georgia. The U.S. Departments of Justice, State and Labor have all turned to The Mellman Group for critical studies, as has the World Bank. In addition, Mellman works with some of the nation’s most important public interest organizations ranging from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the AFL-CIO, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, National Environmental Trust, and the League of Women Voters. His corporate clients include Intuit (the makers of Quicken), Coca Cola, and United Airlines. Mellman received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and graduate degrees from Yale, where he taught in the Political Science department.

Board Member: 2013-Present

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