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

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, 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

William J. Galloway

Bill has been self-employed in real estate investments and management for 42 years. Prior to that, he served in the U S Army from 1966 to 1968, being assigned to a military intelligence division based in Saigon, Vietnam.

Bill attended Pasadena schools from Washington Junior High School and John Muir High School to Pasadena City College. He is a member of the John Muir High School Hall of Fame and was acknowledged at Pasadena City College’s 75th Anniversary as one of 75 Distinguished Alumni. Bill endowed Pasadena City College with the Sculpture Garden Plaza which bears the family name, Galloway Plaza. In May of 2015, Bill and Brenda were one of three honorees at Pasadena City College Foundation’s first scholarship fundraiser on its 90th Anniversary.

Bill’s other honors and recognition include Community Service Award, Pasadena Museum of History; Citizens Community Award, Pasadena Police Foundation; Community Leader Award, Pasadena NAACP; Support our Schools Award, Pasadena Development Corporation; Student Plaza Award, PCC Black Faculty Union; Homes for All Award, Habitat for Humanity; Gold Crown Honoree, Pasadena Arts Council; and John Muir High School’s Mentoring Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD) Honoree.

Bill is a member of the Smithsonian National Board and a founding donor to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

His previous organizational involvements include: Pasadena Development Corporation, Board Member; Pasadena City College Foundation, Board Member; Friends of Cleveland Elementary School, Founding Member; Los Angeles County Judicial Procedures Commission; Pacific Oaks College Advisory Committee; Pasadena Museum of California Art, Founding Board Member; Pasadena Playhouse, Board Member; Pasadena Playhouse Diversity Project, Committee Member; Pasadena Police Citizens Academy, Member; Pasadena Police Foundation, Board Member; Pasadena Chamber of Commerce; William H. Johnson Foundations for Arts, Founding Board Member; and the California Council on Criminal Justice Commission.

Bill’s hobbies include gardening, reading, traveling, collecting art, and classic car collector. He has been married for 50 years to Brenda. They have two sons, Joey and Stephen; four grandchildren; Jessica, Jennae Rose, Joseph III and Alaia Jewel; and one grand puppy named “Coco”.

Board Member: 2019-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

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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