Pauline Alvarado

Pauline Alvarado is a Project Associate at the National Police Foundation. Pauline’s previous criminal justice, government, and nonprofit experience encompasses analytical and project management roles at the Council of State Governments Justice Center, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and White House Office of Management and Budget. Pauline has co-authored reports, designed government agency dashboards, overhauled grant reporting information systems, and consulted on data visualizations, all in the spirit of leveraging practical criminal justice policy and science to advance data-informed decision-making.

Pauline earned a Master of Science in Criminology and Master of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley. Her accolades include a mayoral appointment as the Seattle Human Rights Commission Co-Chair (2016-2017) and Lipman Family Prize Fellowship (2017-2018) at the Wharton School for global social impact and philanthropy.

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Amanda Burstein

Amanda Burstein has over fifteen years of experience in project and program management, with eight years in the public safety sector before beginning her work as a Senior Program Manager with the National Police Foundation in 2019. Ms. Burstein previously served as a Program Manager at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), overseeing national training and technical assistance programs such as the Alzheimer’s Initiatives, Officer Safety and Wellness programs, and the Research Center. Working closely with all levels of government, law enforcement and strategic partners, she facilitated the development of tools and resources to further enhance public safety initiatives. She has participated in the National Officer Safety and Wellness Working Group and the CDC’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s Public Sector Working Group, and she was staff liaison to IACP’s Research Advisory Committee, SafeShield Committee (officer safety), and Crime Prevention Committee. She also oversaw entrepreneurial efforts within IACP’s portfolio of management studies and promotional testing products. She acted as guest editor for Police Chief Magazine for several years, providing subject matter review to monthly columns and several whole issues.

Prior to IACP, Amanda worked for several nonprofits including The National Mentoring Partnership, Volunteers of America, and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, working in various marketing, fundraising, and programmatic roles.

Amanda received a B.A. in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University with minors in Community Health (Public Health) and Child Development and has a Project Management Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute. She will be starting a Master’s in Public Administration at George Mason University in Fall of 2019.

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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.


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Tamara Martin

Tamara Martin joined the National Police Foundation in May 2020. Tamara previously worked at the University of Maryland, where she directed the Membership and Marketing department and led a complete department revamp and eCRM conversion. She achieved this while simultaneously executing award-winning revenue generating campaigns. She has over 15 years of non-profit management expertise, both nationally and internationally, having worked in and/or overseen development, events, business development, member services and communications functions in a variety of large and small organizations.

As a former Director of Development and Communications and Director of Fundraising and Events, she was very successful in donor development strategies. She has worked directly with individual, corporate and major gift donors throughout her career. She also trained numerous industry professionals on her recruitment, retention and growth best practices, and managed 250 workplace giving corporate accounts while helping organizations to grow in their business development efforts. She is a strong advocate for data and analysis-driven efforts and performance management, including return on investment (ROI) analysis.

Tamara has raised nearly $20 million in funding over her career thus far. She also brings a wealth of knowledge in outreach and engagement, donor acquisition, and innovative campaign execution. Tamara has received numerous awards and recognition from the Virginia Public Relations Society, including Capital Merit Awards and an Award of Excellence.

Tamara is no stranger to law enforcement and is committed to the mission of NPF, as her mother has served her community for the past 25 years as a decorated sergeant in a local police agency.


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Rebecca Benson

Rebecca is a Senior Project Associate with the National Police Foundation providing analysis of local-level law enforcement policies, procedures, and practices. As part of the programs team, Rebecca is involved in the review and analysis of mass violence and mass demonstration critical incidents. She has supported the development and publication of technical reports of incident reviews as well as interactive e-reports specifically for field use. Rebecca has provided technical assistance to agencies on policy and practice as part of collaborative reform projects and agency requested reviews. Using her field experience, Rebecca also advises agencies on data collection and analysis, program development and management, as well as interagency and community collaboration and engagement.

Prior to joining the National Police Foundation, she served as a Crime and Intelligence Analyst with the Los Angeles Police Department, Olympic Division. She provided analytical support to the development of the new division by creating new area boundaries, mapping and documenting community resources, activities and special locations, and analyzing personnel resources and shift schedules. Additionally, Rebecca liaised with the community groups and organizations to support a smooth transition from the previous division. At the new division, Rebecca was responsible for daily crime analysis including mapping and statistical reports, led weekly crime control meetings with Command staff, and developed strategies for crime prevention and deterrence with Command, Detective, and Senior Lead Officers. She coordinated unified responses to community issues with neighboring divisions and bureaus, other local law enforcement agencies, and local community groups. Rebecca also managed divisional CompStat reports and presentations and participated in research, development and testing of systems and processes with the CompStat Division. She received numerous commendations and was awarded Civilian of the Year in 2009.

Prior to her work in Los Angeles and following her graduate work at Northeastern University, Rebecca served the Boston Police Department in a few capacities. As Program Manager in Community and Youth projects in the Office of the Police Commissioner, she managed a successful youth partnership between law enforcement, community partners and the business sector. Concurrently, she was detailed to the Youth Violence Strike Force to assist in the development of the Boston Reentry Initiative (BRI) that brought together public safety, community service providers, and faith-based partners. She was heavily involved in the creation of a critical database that facilitated information sharing among project partners. She consulted on policy and organizational development with state and federal LE partners to replicate the program across and beyond the state.

In addition to her current National Police Foundation role, Rebecca is mother to two very active children. This valuable role has further developed her skills in daily preparation and planning, creative resource administration, evaluation, negotiation techniques, and crisis management.


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Dominique Burton

Dominique Burton is a Project Associate at the National Police Foundation, supporting many locally focused law enforcement projects. She has experience in criminal justice related policy development and administration, intergovernmental relations, and community engagement. Dominique has previously worked for the IACP and CNA where she provided extensive analytical and technical support to criminal justice research and projects at the local, state, and federal levels. Her work centered around engaging and promoting best practices through research and training opportunities for law enforcement professionals, enabling them to continue to enhance their organizational, public safety, crime reduction, and community policing effectiveness.

Dominique has a bachelor’s degree from the SUNY College at Brockport in Criminal Justice and a minor in Forensic Science. She is also fluent in Spanish.

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Julia Kessler

Julia Kessler comes to the Police Foundation from the Middle East Bureau at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where she served as a Program Analyst and Gender Specialist for the Middle East, working on a wide range of issues in the Middle East region. In this capacity, she provided technical expertise and policy analysis for international development programming in the areas of gender equality, countering violent extremism, civil society strengthening, and youth integration. She led the democratic growth team to design and establish a five-year strategic development approach as part of USAID’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) with the Government of Tunisia. She also managed projects addressing countering gender based violence.

Julia received her M.S. in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelors Degree in International Studies from Kenyon College in 2011. Her research has explored the effect of drug policy on crime in the United States and she is interested in criminal justice reform both in the United States and internationally.


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Brett Cowell

Brett Cowell is a Senior Project Associate at the National Police Foundation. Brett provides comprehensive project management for a portfolio of training and technical assistance projects focused on improving officer safety. These projects include the Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Near Miss reporting system, the only national, non-punitive near miss reporting system for the law enforcement profession, and the National Law Enforcement Roadway Safety Program (NLERSP), a BJA-funded program designed to reduce the number of officers injured and killed on the nation’s roadways.

Brett’s past work at the National Police Foundation includes research on officer safety training, police use of force, police foot patrol, public safety use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), crime gun intelligence centers (CGICs), and law enforcement responses to critical incidents.

Brett received a master’s degree in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in Finance, with a minor in Leadership Studies, from Virginia Tech. In his spare time, Brett is a first responder with over seven years of experience at a local volunteer fire department and rescue squad.


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Dean M. Esserman, J.D.

Dean M. Esserman is the immediate past Chief of the New Haven (CT) Police Department. Prior to that, he served as Chief of Police in Providence, Rhode Island; Stamford, Connecticut; and the New York State MTA-Metro North Police Department. From 1987-1991, he served as the general counsel to Chief William Bratton of the New York City Transit Police. He started his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, and as a special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A.) and New York University School of Law (J.D.). He has held university appointments at the Yale Law School, Yale University, Yale Child Study Center, University of New Haven, and Roger Williams University. He is the past Chair of the IACP’s Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Committee. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Executive Institute and the Law Enforcement in Counter Terrorism program. He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Program.

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Ben Gorban

Ben Gorban is a Senior Project Associate at the Police Foundation where he works on projects including Collaborative Reform and Critical Incident Reviews. His areas of interest are community oriented policing in the 21st Century, law enforcement policy, and operationalizing evidence-based promising practices and policies.

Before his work with the Police Foundation, Ben served as a Project Coordinator for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). In this capacity he oversaw the Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police, provided training and technical assistance, developed resources for law enforcement executives, and published articles in Police Chief Magazine. He worked on national-scope projects on topics including social media, countering violent extremism, cyber crime, and traffic safety funded by federal agencies including Department of Justice, Department of Transportation, and Department of Homeland Security.

Ben received his M.S. in Justice, Law and Society from American University in 2011, and received his Bachelors Degree in both Philosophy and Justice, Law and Society from American University in 2009.


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