Ronal W. Serpas, Ph.D.

Ronal W. Serpas, Ph.D., is a full time faculty member and Professor of Practice, Criminology and Justice, Loyola University New Orleans, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses since August of 2014. Dr. Serpas recently retired from a 34-year career in American law enforcement. From 2001 – 2014 he served as the Police Superintendent in New Orleans, LA, Police Chief in Nashville, TN and Chief of the Washington State Patrol.

Dr. Serpas was a successful change agent implementing organizational wide transformation, advancing Community Policing and implementing Justice and Legitimacy principles in the delivery of police service. In each department significant decreases in crime and increases in citizen satisfaction were achieved and sustained. Dr. Serpas was a leader for more than twenty years in creating innovative changes in recruitment/retention, deployment, criminal investigations, disciplinary investigations and actions, use of force policies and the investigations of use of force.

While Superintendent of Police in New Orleans, Dr. Serpas worked closely with the U.S. Department of Justice – Civil Rights Team, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the FBI to investigate several Federal Criminal Civil Rights cases and other criminal and significant administrative violations of police officers before and after Hurricane Katrina. This work also included the negotiation of the New Oreland Police Department Consent Decree and early implementation of its requirements.

Dr. Serpas is an expert in managing the police response to major events, planned and unplanned. As the Superintendent of Police in New Orleans he oversaw police responses to the 2012 BCS National Championship Football Game, the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, NFL Super Bowl XLVII, the 2013 NCAA Women’s Final Four, and, the 2014 NBA All Star game. Dr. Serpas was the Chief Operating Officer of the NOPD and oversaw the police response to Super Bowl XXXL. New Orleans hosts annually the eleven-day Mardi Gras season, Jazz Festival, French Quarter Festival, Essence Festival, and the NCAA Sugar Bowl Classic.

In October 2017 Dr. Serpas was designated by the membership as the 5th Honorary President in the 125-year history of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Dr. Serpas is a Past Vice President of the IACP, former Chair of the IACP Community Policing Committee, founding Co-Chair of the IACP Research Advisory Committee and a Past Parliamentarian. Dr. Serpas is the founding Chairman of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration (a collaborative of the Brennan Center and the NYU-School of Law), serves as an Executive Fellow to the Police Foundation, a National Advisory Board Member to Cure Violence and served as a National Advisory Board Member to the National Police Research Platform.

Dr. Serpas has published several articles on topics such as police accountability systems, police disciplinary systems, firearm violence in America, challenges in crime following natural disasters, implementing Procedural Justice and Police Legitimacy and evidenced based Use of Force policy development. Dr. Serpas’ expert commentary on crime rates, policing and criminal justice reform has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, The Hill, NBC News, CBS News, Fox News, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR, Governing Magazine and MSNBC among other outlets.

Board Member: 2019-Present

Michael P. Valenti

Michael Valenti has a broad range of experience in both the public and private sectors encompassing the law enforcement, consulting, and financial sectors. Upon his retirement from the Port Authority Police Department of N.Y.& N.J. in 2008, he successfully transitioned into the private sector.

Currently, he is a Partner at Beechwood Capital Advisors, an investment advisory firm in Short Hills N.J. He is also a founding partner in Wise Fool Films, a film production company that is in the process of making a short film and producing full length feature films.

Mr. Valenti started his career with the Port Authority Police department in 1985 working his way up through the department, to include holding ranks as the Commanding Officer of the Detective Bureau and actively being involved in and commanding the investigation of the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center. He was also the Chief of Staff for the Director of Public Safety, where his responsibilities were broad, spanning both management and operational functions.

As the first Chief of Counterterrorism for the Port Authority Police Department post 9/11, he was tasked with protecting some of the most critical infrastructure assets in the world without a roadmap. In his counterterrorism role, his responsibilities included creating a counterterrorism program, identifying vulnerabilities in both physical security and infrastructure and investigative processes while leading investigations and actively being the agency’s lead executive assigned to the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force management team.

While in that position, he managed and developed the police department’s first five-year security plan as it related to the agency’s $1.0 billion physical security capital program. In that role, part of his charge was to identify the macro and micro threat environment and provide diligence that supported the agency’s comprehensive security infrastructure program in conjunction with their Office of Emergency Management.

Upon being promoted to Deputy Chief of the department several years later, he conducted a complete review of the police department’s $400 million-dollar budget with the department’s Commanding Officers, to ensure operational efficiency as it related to the budget. He also actively negotiated several labor contracts in conjunction with the agency’s law department. In addition, he was the department’s representative on New Jersey’s Domestic Preparedness task force, where they crafted policy as it related to both security and emergency response protocols for the State of New Jersey.

In 2008, he retired from the department to join a hedge fund in Greenwich Connecticut, with $5 billion under management as a Senior Advisor, where he collaborated with a seasoned professional investment team. In this position, he eventually transitioned to lead a distressed company, and while there, he restructured the company and sold it to a strategic buyer.

He was elected to the Board of Education in Chatham, New Jersey in 2017.  Additionally, he is a member of the leadership team of a group in New Jersey that is spearheading an effort to address the crisis in mass shooting incidents nationally, which includes the education, law enforcement, and philanthropic sectors.  He is also on the Board of the New York Police Chief’s Benevolent Association and a member of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) and International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is a regular contributor to the local news media in both New York and New Jersey on security and counterterrorism related issues and has been featured on “New Jersey Power and Politics.” In 2018, he co-authored a pilot program for a major urban police department to assist and train their officers to more effectively deal with the public and support their Community Policing Program.

He is a graduate of New Jersey City University where he holds a B.S. degree in Business Management. He also holds an MBA in Business Management from Saint Peter’s University.

Board Member: 2019-Present

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