Kim Bright

Kim Bright serves as the Police Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer. Kim’s work focuses on advancing the Police Foundation’s Strategic Initiatives portfolio, including some of the highest priority programs and initiatives at the Police Foundation. These programs include developmental efforts, pilot projects, emerging collaborations and more traditional research, program development and implementation, training and technical assistance projects. Kim is responsible for working with Executive staff and others to ensure strong, effective, and efficient execution of program plans and on-time delivery of high-quality deliverables. In addition, she plays a key role in the Police Foundation’s grant and contract development efforts, focused on federal grants; state and municipal funding; and private foundation and corporate support.

She has over 19 years of experience in program and stakeholder management, including comprehensive experience in delivering key insights, strategies, and recommendations within the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the Police Foundation, Kim was a Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where she managed a multimillion-dollar technology solutions contract with the U.S. Department of Justice. In this capacity, Kim provided contract oversight, staff supervision, and subject matter expertise for the support of national policies to improve information sharing capacity and the delivery of technical assistance to law enforcement officers and criminal justice practitioners. She has a proven track record of driving cohesion and efficiency through the development of effective policies and innovative solutions. In addition, she has a strong background in equipping cross-functional staff with the hands-on leadership and direction needed to succeed. Her expertise encompasses all aspects of policy development and project management, including budget administration, strategic communications, and harnessing team strengths to improve performance. She has authored, co-authored, and contributed to several public policy publications.

Kim graduated from American University with a Master of Public Policy and from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from the Project Management Institute.


Jim Burch

Mr. Burch is the Executive Vice President at the Police Foundation, overseeing the Foundation’s efforts to advance policing through innovations in practice and technology as well as the Foundation’s strategic programs and management services.

Prior to joining the Police Foundation in early 2015, Mr. Burch served for more than 20 years at the U.S. Department of Justice, having been appointed to various senior executive and leadership positions, including Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (2009-2011), Deputy Assistant Attorney General (2011-2014) of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and Acting Assistant Director at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) (2014-2015).

During his career at the Department of Justice, Mr. Burch developed, supported, and led many key initiatives to advance policing and criminal justice, including major initiatives designed to encourage the use of data, technology and evidence-based crime reduction and policing strategies. These initiatives focused on improving officer safety, and on information sharing policy initiatives and strategies. During his career, Mr. Burch led and developed similar initiatives focused on other components of the justice system, including programs and strategies in adult and juvenile corrections, the courts, and community-based organizations. Mr. Burch also led and supported the institutionalization of stronger collaboration between DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and DOJ’s research and statistical arms, the National Institute of Justice and Bureau of Justice Statistics, to design and implement joint research and demonstration initiatives that will build the body of evidence to guide 21st century policing and justice in America. In the first half of his DOJ career, Mr. Burch managed many OJP programs, providing him with the opportunity to work directly with many local law enforcement and criminal justice agencies and community-based organizations across the nation to develop, implement, and test crime prevention and reduction strategies.

As an Acting Assistant Director at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Mr. Burch had responsibility for ATF’s public, congressional, and intergovernmental affairs divisions as well as other external relations functions. Since 2011, Mr. Burch also served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General at DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), where he was responsible for overall management and operations of OJP which had an annual budget ranging from $2 to 4 billion. Prior to 2011, Mr. Burch was appointed and served for nearly three years as the Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), where he advised OJP’s Assistant Attorney General and Department of Justice leadership on local law enforcement and justice priorities and issues, testifying and working collaboratively with congress, and helping to shape Departmental initiatives. Before joining DOJ in 1994, Mr. Burch worked in the private sector as well as in local justice agencies. Mr. Burch has received numerous awards and recognition throughout his career, has been nominated to lead cross-agency federal initiatives, and has served as a member of the FBI’s National Academy Advisory Board before leaving federal service in 2015. Mr. Burch is an accomplished speaker, has conducted local and national training, participated in local and national media interviews, guest lectured at the FBI National Academy and in academic settings, and has authored publications and articles on various criminal justice topics. Mr. Burch has a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland at College Park.


Blake Norton

As Senior Vice President of the Police Foundation, Blake Norton oversees the operations of the Foundation in its mission is to improve American policing and enhance the capacity of the criminal justice system to function effectively.

Prior to joining the Police Foundation in March 2014, Blake was the Division Director for Local Government Initiatives at the Council of State Government’s Justice Center. She oversaw four program areas: Law Enforcement, Mental Health, Reentry, and School Discipline. The primary focus of the division was to work with legislators, consultants, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to help raise the level of public awareness about critical criminal justice issues. In addition, the Local Initiatives division provided technical assistance to cities, counties, and nonprofits focused on cross-system collaborations between law enforcement and other criminal justice entities, with a significant focus on the intersection between law enforcement and behavioral health systems.

Before joining the Justice Center, Blake spent more than 19 years with the Boston Police Department, where her last position was as the Director of Public Affairs and Community Programs. Blake helped shape the agency’s reentry efforts and successfully worked with citizens and faith-based organizations to advance consensus-based strategies for improving public safety. She designed and managed the police department’s community affairs activities, including programs for court-involved and at-risk youth. She received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and her M.Ed. from Boston University.


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