Blake Norton

As Senior Vice President of the Police Foundation, Blake Norton oversees initiatives for the Foundation in its mission 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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Eiryn Renouard

Eiryn Renouard is a Research Assistant at the National Police Foundation. Her research interests include police-community relationships, gender dynamics within police agencies, symbolic interactionism, and masculinity in police culture. She received her B.A. in Sociology, Writing, and Economics from Gonzaga University in 2019. She has worked on a number of projects for other organizations, including a survey assessing nonprofits’ data communication needs and a research piece on behavioral health and resources in the Inland Northwest.


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Maria Valdovinos

Ms. Valdovinos comes to the Police Foundation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where she served as a research fellow and provided research, analytical, and project management support to projects addressing issues such as targeted violence on college campuses and law enforcement officer wellness. At the Foundation, Ms. Valdovinos has worked on a number of projects addressing a wide range of topics such as eyewitness identification procedures, procedural justice, and the use of UAS technology in law enforcement.

Ms. Valdovinos earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Civilization from Northwestern University. A fluent Spanish speaker, she is currently pursuing her PhD in Sociology and is very interested in the role of police in society, and the complexities underlying the American criminal justice system.


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Heather Vovak, Ph.D.

Heather Vovak is a Senior Research Associate at the Police Foundation. She previously worked on several federally and privately funded research projects in policing at the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. Her research interests include police investigations, technologies in policing, crime rate and clearance rate trends, and she specializes in group-based trajectory analysis. Heather received her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University, her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Akron, and her B.S. in Political Science and Psychology from Heidelberg University.

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