Laura Caldwell

As Director of Development at the National Police Foundation, Laura works with leadership to establish and implement annual development strategies, prioritize opportunities, and achieve fundraising goals. She is an experienced public and private sector project manager with a background in public administration, nonprofit management, program planning, policy research and analysis, and proposal writing involving justice, human services, education, and youth and families. Laura received her Masters of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her B.A. in Latin American Studies from Vassar College.


Jane Dorsey

Jane Dorsey is the grants and contracts manager at the Police Foundation. Ms. Dorsey was the office manager at Prudent Energy Corporation for the past four years. Prior to that, she has more than 17 years of non-profit experience with The Stimson Center. Her work encompassed a broad range from office management, financial associate, grants and contracts management, and desktop publishing. Ms. Dorsey received her Bachelor of Arts in visual communications from the George Washington University.


Maureen McGough, J.D.

As National Programs Director, Maureen oversees many of PF’s national training and technical assistance initiatives. Maureen joins the Police Foundation after nearly ten years with the US Department of Justice, most recently as a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Director at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). At NIJ, she launched the Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Program, a national initiative to empower law enforcement to advance the police profession through science. She also led the agency’s Sentinel Events Initiative (SEI), an effort to learn from bad outcomes in criminal justice and support systems-level improvements to prevent their reoccurrence. She previously served as an international research specialist, overseeing the agency’s investments in human trafficking research, and as a senior policy advisor in the Bureau of Justice Assistance, focusing on preventing wrongful convictions and protecting individual rights under the Sixth Amendment.

Maureen also established numerous interagency partnerships, most recently with the DOJ’s International Criminal Investigative Training and Assistance Program (ICITAP) to support international program evaluation. She was instrumental in establishing a partnership with the State Department and the Kenya Wildlife Service to support counter-poaching efforts in East Africa. She advanced collaborative efforts with international partners including the Queensland Police Service, the New Zealand Ministry of Justice, the Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing, and the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network.

She previously served as counsel in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, where she focused on interagency efforts to counter violent extremism and prevent radicalization to violence in the US. She also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and with the State Department as coordinator of AIDS relief efforts in Kigali, Rwanda.

Maureen is an attorney and earned her J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law, and her bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America.


Frank Straub, Ph.D.

A 30-year veteran of law enforcement, Dr. Frank Straub currently serves as the Director of the Center for Mass Violence Response Studies at the Police Foundation, where he works on Critical Incident Reviews including the San Bernardino terrorist attack–and the resulting report Bringing Calm to Chaos–and the Orlando Pulse shooting (in progress). Dr. Straub last served as the Chief of the Spokane, Washington, Police Department, where he received national recognition for the major reforms, community policing programs he implemented and significant crime reductions achieved during his tenure. In Spokane, Dr. Straub mandated that all members of the department receive 40-hours of crisis intervention training, and he created a team of officers who received over 100 hours of specialized mental health training. As Director of Public Safety for the City of Indianapolis, Dr. Straub collaborated with Eskanazi Medical Center’s Prescription for Hope Program, assigning a team of police officers to the program, which focused on reducing youth violence and retaliation through hospital-based interventions. During his tenure, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department reduced homicides to the lowest level in 20 years. Dr. Straub has also served as the Public Safety Commissioner for the City of White Plains, New York where his department reduced serious crime by 40%. He established the first police-community mental health response team in Westchester County to proactively assist persons challenged by mental illness, homelessness and domestic violence. Dr. Straub previously served as the Deputy Commissioner of Training for the New York City Police Department; and as a federal agent. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a B.A. in Psychology from St. John’s University. He co-authored a book on performance-based police management and published several articles regarding community policing, police reform, and jail management.


Virgil Young, Jr.

Mr. Young currently serves as the Interim Director of International Programs at the Police Foundation. He assists in managing a multi-year US State Department Grant to increase the number of Mexican criminal justice agencies that are accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).

After graduating from college, Mr. Young served as a US Marine infantry officer before joining the FBI as a Special Agent to begin his law enforcement career. From 1970 to 1980, he was assigned to the FBI’s Detroit, San Francisco, and New York City Field Offices. In the New York City Field Office, he worked primarily organized crime investigations and then served as a squad supervisor for two years. After being transferred to FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) in Washington, DC in 1980, he served in supervisory and lower management positions in the Criminal Investigative Division and the Inspection Division. In 1987, he was named the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Richmond, VA Field Office, which covers three-fourths of Virginia. In 1990, Mr. Young was transferred back to FBIHQ as a member of the FBI’s Senior Executive Service. For the next 3 years, he served as the chief of various sections in the Identification Division and the Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Throughout that period, he coordinated FBI activities with local, state, and federal criminal justice agency representatives on various national criminal justice advisory boards. During one assignment, he directed a section charged with responsibility for development of the National Crime Information Center 2000 project, the National Fingerprint File of the Interstate Identification Index, and the Felon Identification in Firearms Sales Program, among others. In 1994, Mr. Young was named the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Knoxville Field Office, whose territory covers the eastern half of Tennessee, and remained in that position until his retirement in 1998. After retiring from the FBI, Mr. Young began consulting on security and law enforcement matters, which has taken him all over the US and to several foreign countries.

Mr. Young became a contract assessor for CALEA in 1998 and was later approved as a team leader. As a contract CALEA Assessment Team Leader, he led assessments of more than 50 law enforcement agencies, public safety communications centers, and public safety training academies throughout the US as well as in Canada, Mexico and Barbados. He has led 12 CALEA assessments of Mexican agencies. He is also active with the Law Enforcement Accreditation Coalition of Tennessee (LEACT) and has used LEACT protocols to conduct more than 40 mock assessments, including 14 mock assessments in Mexico.

Before beginning his law enforcement career, Mr. Young earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas. During his FBI career, he graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA; the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA; and the FBI’s Executive Development Institute at the FBI Academy. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies from Long Island University.


Jennifer Zeunik

Ms. Zeunik provides oversight, leadership, contract/grant, staff and financial management, and product development and quality control for the National Police Foundation’s portfolio of state and local law enforcement projects. Ms. Zeunik has twenty years of public sector and nonprofit project management experience, working closely with all levels of government on policing issues focusing on finding data-driven, evidence-based solutions to policing challenges. She has extensive technical and managerial experience in the field of law enforcement operations and community policing and has overseen several critical incident reviews—including the police response to the Pulse Nightclub Shooting in Orlando (FL) and the terrorist attack in San Benardino (CA) and reviews of police response to protests and demonstrations in Portland (OR), Charlotte (NC) and Minneapolis (MN). In previous roles, Ms. Zeunik served as the Vice President of Programs for the Atlanta Police Foundation, and project manager with the International Association of Chiefs of Police where she managed a variety programs funded through a diverse array of sources including federal grants, private funding, and state and municipal contracts. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Criminology from Florida State University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Georgia, School of Public and International Affairs.