Michael L. Brown

Michael L. “Mike” Brown has 42 years of public service and nearly four decades of experience in law enforcement, safety oversight, and public policy. He was appointed at the Chief of the Alexandria Police Department in January 2017. The Alexandria Police Department is a full service police agency consisting of 420 total staff position with 307 of them being sworn personnel.

Since 2010 until his appointment as Chief in Alexandria, Brown served as Director of the Office of Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), where is he responsible for the development and implementation of national traffic safety policy and best practices. During his time at NHTSA, he has also served as Acting Associate Administrator for Research and Program Development and Acting Director of the Office of Emergency Medical Services and Office of Defect Investigation.

Prior to his NHTSA work, Brown rose through the ranks of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), starting as an Officer in Los Angeles in 1977 and culminating in his appointment as Commissioner from 2004 to 2008. He previously served as Chief of the Southern Division covering all of Los Angeles and Protective Services Division which included Dignitary Protection for the entire state and Assistant Chief in Northern Division which covered Northern California, after promotions to Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain.

These assignments included serving the San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Jose, and San Francisco Bay Area. As Commissioner, he led one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the United States, with approximately 7,900 sworn personnel, 3,100 civilian staff, over 100 field offices, and a budget of $1.8 billion at the time of Brown’s tenure as Commissioner.

From 2008 to 2009, Brown served as the Deputy Secretary for Public Safety at California’s Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency. As such, he advised the Agency Secretary and the Administration on public safety issues involving the Agency and its departments. He has worked on the state’s strategic highway safety plans, emergency planning, homeland security, goods movement activities and other issues in this capacity.

Brown is an Executive Fellow of the Police Foundation and serves on the Law Enforcement Committee of the Transportation Research Board. He has also served as an instructor for nearly a dozen training programs for CHP, and as an adjunct professor for California State University, Sacramento. He has also participated in a number of state and national task forces on such issues as police pursuits, homeland security, traffic safety, emergency planning, enforcement technology, and federal transportation issues.

Brown is a graduate of the California State University, Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He has a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles, and one in Management from Cal Poly, Pomona. He is a graduate of the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Command College and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and National Executive Institute. Mike Brown is currently a candidate to receive his doctorate in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University.

Brown has been honored dozens of times by his profession and the communities he has served, including recognition as the law enforcement officer of the year at various times by the California Peace Officers Association, the Los Angeles Jewish Community, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement.

Brown has lived in Alexandria since 2010 with his wife, Kirsten Knapp, who is a Deputy Sheriff with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office.

Board Member: 2019-Present

Peter Cuneo

Peter is a recognized leader in business turnarounds. Since 1983, he has completed seven turnarounds of distressed branded businesses in the global media and consumer products sectors. From 1999 to 2009, Peter played a lead role in the turnaround of Marvel Entertainment Inc. (NYSE-MVL). As President and CEO, he led Marvel, post bankruptcy, to a prominent position in the entertainment industry. He then served as Vice Chairman of the Board, providing active strategic leadership as Marvel continued to grow into one of the world’s leading entertainment brands. This culminated in its $4.5 billion sale to Disney at the end of 2009.

Previously, Peter was President and CEO of Remington Products Company. He joined the company as it was near bankruptcy and, in less than four years, executed a successful turnaround of the business and facilitated its sale to private equity investors. Peter has also served as President of the Security Hardware Group of the Black & Decker Corporation, President of Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Group in Canada and President of the Clairol Personal Care Division.

Forbes Magazine called Peter one of the best turnaround CEO’s in America.

At present, Peter is Chairman for Iconix Brand Group (NASDAQ). He served as interim CEO for eight months thru April 2016 and again in 2018.

Peter is currently the Managing Principal of Cuneo & Company, LLC, a private investment and management company, in which his sons, Gavin and Colin are partners. Cuneo & Co. is focused on making investments in private companies within the consumer, media and entertainment oriented industries. Valiant Entertainment Inc. (comic book character based entertainment) was sold in 2018 for approx. 15x the firm’s investment. Some current investments include: Herotainment, LLC (online and mobile gaming based children’s entertainment), Blendtique LLC (wine blending for consumers), and RangeWorks, LLC (multimedia producer of western American entertainment) among others. Peter, Gavin and Colin hold board seats on most of Cuneo & Co.’s portfolio companies and work actively with their management teams.

Peter is Chairman of BeyondView Inc. Based in San Francisco, this is a company developing virtual reality solutions for global industries.

He is currently or has been a board member of public and private companies such as Marvel Entertainment Inc. (NYSE-MVL), Iconix Brand Group (NASDAQ-ICON, Chairman of the Audit Committee), WaterPik Technologies Inc. (NYSE-PIK, Chairman of the Audit Committee) and Remington Products (private).

In past years, Peter has also served as senior advisor to a large distressed and special situation hedge fund co- investing in select private companies in the consumer and media sectors.

Peter currently sits on the Board of the National Archives Foundation in Washington, DC as Co-Head of the Development Committee and as Chair of the Audit Committee. He previously was Co-Head of the Nominating Committee.

Many of Peter’s past and present business interests involve investments and markets in China. Peter has made over 50 trips to Asia since 1983.

Peter has made numerous speeches on turnaround leadership throughout the world. He has often appeared on business-oriented cable television.

Peter served two tours as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War. He was Damage Control Officer and then Communications Officer on the USS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) a guided missile destroyer.

He received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He received first year academic honors and was President of the International Business Club.

He holds a B.S. in Glass Science (Ceramic Engineering) from Alfred University, where he has served on the Board of Trustees since 1990. Peter completed six years as Chairman of Alfred’s Board and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in 2013.

Board Member: 2019-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

Cheryl Anthony Epps, Esq.

Cheryl Anthony Epps is a former senior investigator for JDG Associates Incorporated, having specialized in federal Equal Employment Opportunity law, federal employee misconduct and federal management inquiries. Prior to that, she served as an adjunct professor in criminal and constitutional law at American University from 2001-2011. Ms. 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

Karen Freeman

Karen Freeman-Wilson has been the Mayor of her hometown of Gary, Indiana since January 2012, becoming the first female to lead the city of Gary and the first African-American female mayor in the state of Indiana. Freeman-Wilson has served in the public and/or non-profit sector most of her professional life having previously held posts as the Indiana Attorney General, the Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and the presiding judge of the Gary City Court. She is also a leader in the national drug court movement and served as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and Executive Director of the National Drug Court Institute. Freeman-Wilson is a licensed attorney having engaged in private practice for 25 years with a focus in municipal finance, government relations and criminal law. Upon completing her second term as Mayor, Freeman-Wilson will join the Urban League of Chicago as the Chief Executive Officer.

Freeman-Wilson quickly attributes the signs of progress in Gary to the efforts of “Team Gary,” a group that includes city staff; other members of federal, state and local government; and those in the corporate, educational and non-profit arenas who have embraced her effort to rebuild the city of Gary. Accomplishments under Freeman-Wilson’s tenure include millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements at the Gary/Chicago International Airport and throughout the city; an early partnership with the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and other universities; the creation of Art House: A Social Kitchen, a work of public art and culinary incubator supported through funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Knight Foundation; and the development of key neighborhoods in the city including the Miller Beach, Emerson, University Park and Downtown. She has cited increased philanthropic investments, improved police community trust, innovative housing projects, improved federal and state compliance, the strategic use of data and deepened civic engagement as hallmarks of her administration.

Freeman-Wilson is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She is the President of the National League of Cities where she previously co-chaired the bi-partisan 2016 Presidential Task Force and the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee. Freeman-Wilson has represented NLC in China and Spain and has presented extensively on Infrastructure, Housing, Addiction and Treatment, Municipal Finance and Race and Equity on the organization’s behalf. She also previously chaired the Criminal and Social Justice Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and led the group that authored the USCM’s publication on building police and community trust. She has joined other mayors in opposing punitive federal immigration practices and championing the United States’ continued participation in the Paris Climate Accord.

Freeman-Wilson serves on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the Urban League of Northwest Indiana and the Northern Indiana Chapter of the Links, Inc. She is also a member of Israel C.M.E. Church, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the NAACP. Freeman-Wilson has been honored by individuals and organizations throughout the United States, including the United States Office of Drug Control Policy, Governors of Indiana, the Indianapolis Recorder, the Chicago Crusader, the California Senate, Indiana Black Expo, and the Gary Frontiers. She has also been featured in numerous publications including the Chicago Magazine, Ebony, Essence, Governing and Real Simple.

Freeman-Wilson and her husband Carmen Wilson have a blended family that includes four adult children.

Board Member: 2020-Present

Daniel Isom

Daniel Isom II is the Executive Director of the REJIS Commission. He is the retired Chief of Police for the Metropolitan Police Department-City of St. Louis appointed St. Louis’ 33rd Chief of Police on October 6, 2008. He joined the St. Louis Police Department on August 29, 1988. He has worked in patrol, investigation, training, internal affairs, and management positions during his career. He was promoted through the ranks to Major before being selected Chief of Police. He served as the Missouri Director of Public Safety, and a member of the Ferguson Commission.

He has received a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, all from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from St. Louis University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBI National Executive Institute, and the Police Executive Forum Senior Management Institute.

He has a variety of interests related to the management of police operations. The structural design of police departments from a political and community perspective, operational strategies for crime control, police officers’ individual behavioral issues, professional cultural perspectives’ influence on community-police relations, and police management are professional and research emphasis of Dr. Isom. Eisenhower Fellowships selected him as an U.S.A. Eisenhower Fellow in 2013 to study police education and training in Europe. Dr. Isom was also a Fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics in 2016.

Board Member: 2019-Present

David Klinger, Ph.D.

David A. Klinger is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Senior Fellow at the Police Foundation in Washington, DC. He holds a BA in History from Seattle Pacific University, an MA in Justice from American University in Washington, D.C. and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to pursuing his graduate degrees, Professor Klinger worked for three and one-half years as a patrol officer for the Los Angeles and Redmond (WA) Police Departments. He has held research positions at the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C.; the University of Washington, Seattle; the Washington State’s Attorney’s Office; and the Seattle Police Department. In 1997 he was the recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s inaugural Ruth Cavan Young Scholar Award for outstanding early career contributions to the discipline of criminology. He has served as a member of two National Academy of Sciences committees and has written more than thirty scholarly articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries that address topics such as arrest practices, the use of force, how features of communities affect the actions of patrol officers, and terrorism. Dr. Klinger often conducts training sessions for police officers on the use of deadly force, frequently serves as an expert witness in police-related litigation, and is regularly sought out by news organizations for his take on various police issues. His book on police shootings, Into the Kill Zone: A Cop’s Eye View of Deadly Force, was published by Jossey-Bass in 2004.

Board Member: 2019-Present

George M. Little

George Little currently serves as the Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC). Prior to being appointed as Acting Secretary, Mr. Little served as the Executive Deputy Secretary of Community Corrections and Reentry at the Pennsylvania DOC from 2017-2021, and DOC’s Director of Community Corrections from 2016-2017. Mr. Little brings with him over 30 years extensive leadership experience in the public sector, which includes strategic planning, operations, budgeting, government regulations and compliance, and formulating policies.

Prior to returning home to his Pennsylvania roots, Mr. Little served the state of Tennessee in various capacities for 26 years. Within his 26 years of service, he served as Regional Director, Warden and Commissioner Tennessee Department of Corrections, as well as Director of the Shelby County Division of Corrections, Tennessee. Between periods of corrections service, Mr. Little served as Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Memphis, Tennessee. While serving there, he was responsible for oversight of the Memphis Police Department, among other agencies.

Mr. Little’s public service positions are numerous; such is true of his skills and attributes. Mr. Little’s highly sought after specialties include strategic and creative thinking and vision, financial management resulting in cost savings, and relationship building.

Mr. Little has a gift and passion for public speaking on a wide range of subjects to include motivation, leadership, organizational change strategies, and government management.

In addition to public speaking, he provides commercial voice overs and narration for audio and visual projects.

Board Member: 2019-Present

Dr. Cynthia Lum

Dr. Cynthia Lum is Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Director the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. She researches primarily in the areas of policing, evidence-based crime policy, crime prevention, technology, and translational criminology. Her works in these areas include evaluating the impacts of patrol and detective activities, interventions, and technologies; understanding the translation and receptivity of research in policing; and measuring police proactivity. With Dr. Christopher Koper she has developed the Evidence-Based Policing Matrix (with Cody Telep) and the Matrix Demonstration Projects, translation tools designed to help police practitioners incorporate research into their strategic and tactical portfolios.

Professor Lum is a member of the Committee on Law and Justice (CLAJ) for the National Academies of Sciences (NAS), and has also served on the NAS’s Committee on Proactive Policing as well as its Standing Committee on Traffic Law Enforcement. She is a member of the National Police Foundation Advisory Board, the Research Advisory Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Misdemeanor Justice Project (John Jay College of Criminal Justice), and an Executive Counselor for the American Society of Criminology. She is the founding editor of Translational Criminology Magazine and the Springer Series on Translational Criminology, and served as the first North American Editor for the Oxford Journal Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. Dr. Lum is a Fulbright Specialist in policing and criminology and is the co-Director of the International Summer School for Policing Scholarship, developed with colleagues at the Scottish Institute for Policing Research and Arizona State University.

Her new book, with Christopher Koper is Evidence-Based Policing: Translating Research Into Practice (2017, Oxford University Press). Professors Lum and Koper are the next editors in chief of Criminology and Public Policy, the flagship policy journal of the American Society of Criminology.

Board Member: 2019-Present

Bernard Melekian, DPPD

Bernard Melekian is the Assistant County Executive Officer Over Public Safety in Santa Barbara, California. Prior to that he was appointed as 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
Immediate Past-Chair: 2017-March 2021