Jim Burch

Mr. Burch is the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives 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.


Sherry Davies

Sherry has over 20 years of experience as a Director of Finance and Operations as well as Public Accounting experience.  As part of the executive team, she provides strategic thought leadership and operational guidance in managing the foundation’s grants, finances, contracts, and human resources. In this role, she leads a team that ensures legal and regulatory compliance for all federal, state, local and foundation grants following the Uniform Guidance/OMB Circulars. She also oversees treasury, budgeting, forecasting, and reporting of financial and operational information and other related FP&A initiatives. Among Sherry’s multiple responsibilities at the foundation, she facilitates oversight of all federal, state and local tax compliance, the foundation’s Form 990, annual GAAP and A-133 audits.

Before joining the Police Foundation, she was the Director of Finance and Operations for a private equity group overseeing 17 closely related corporations based in the United States and abroad. Sherry was recognized for her ability to meet deadlines, manage workload, resolve persistent financial problems, and implement cost and efficiency improvements for the financial well-being of the organizations. She has a strong background in diverse fiscal management and administrative experience, coupled with the ability to perform the full range of trend analysis, financial information, cost performance, budget guidance and provide executive and technical guidance leading to the development of new insights into situations.  She challenges the conventional approaches, encouraging new ideas and innovations and designing and implementing new or cutting edge programs and processes.

Sherry graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration. Sherry is currently enrolled at her alma mater working toward completing a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) with a specialization in Criminal Justice. She holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from the Project Management Institute and holds a Senior Certified Professionals certification from the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM).


Blake Norton

As Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Police Foundation, Blake Norton oversees the daily 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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