The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice has a dedicated staff with deep experience in working to transform relationships between communities and the criminal justice system.

Amy Crawford

Acting Project Director

T: 646-557-4795


Nnenna Onyema

Project Manager

T: 212-393-6368


Kim Burke

Project Director, CPE

T: 310-206-3438


Dan Lawrence

Project Director, Urban Institute

T: 202-261-5509


Megan Quattlebaum

Program Director, Yale

T: 203-432-0202


Amy Crawford is the acting Project Director of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. Ms. Crawford oversees all National Initiative research and strategic implementation in its six pilot sites. 

Previously, Ms. Crawford served as the deputy director at the Center for an Urban Future, a public policy organization that focuses on economic and workforce development. She also served as a public defender and as the director of development and pro bono at the Bronx Defenders, an innovative legal services organization located in the South Bronx in New York City.

Ms. Crawford holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Nnenna C. Onyema is the Project Manager of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. Ms. Onyema works directly with the Project Director to oversee project implementation and provide strategic advising to National Initiative partners and pilot sites. Her work includes managing grant deliverables and logistical operations.

Prior to joining the National Initiative, Ms. Onyema worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at Columbia University’s School of Social Work where she examined the mental health effects that police brutality and the media exposure of such abuses have on people of color. She also served as a Health Policy Fellow for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Ms. Onyema holds a BA in Sociology with a minor in Business Administration from Rutgers University where she graduated magna cum laude, and a MS in Social Work with a concentration in Policy Practice from Columbia University, School of Social Work. 

Kim Burke is the Project Director of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice for the Center for Policing Equity.

Ms. Burke has been working with CPE since 2013 and volunteers at the LA LGBT Center as a Social Networking Group facilitator where she was awarded “Outstanding Volunteer of 2014.”

Ms. Burke received her BA in Women’s Studies and Certificate in the Study of Sexualities from Duke University and her Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University.

Dan Lawrence, PhD, is the Project Director of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice for the for the Urban Institute. Dr. Lawrence recently started at the Urban Institute as a Research Associate I. His research interests include police legitimacy and procedural justice, police screening and hiring practices, and community policing.

Prior to joining the Urban Institute, he served at the Center for Research in Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was the project manager for the National Police Research Platform, a program of research involving seven universities and more than 100 law enforcement agencies nationwide. There, he managed multiple survey studies of police organizations, officers, and of police-community interactions. He also served as a research consultant for two Illinois criminal justice research agencies: the Sentencing and Policy Advisory Council and the Criminal Justice Information Authority, which is the state’s statistical analysis center.

Dan holds a BS in criminal justice from Northeastern University and both an MA and a PhD from the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Megan Quattlebaum is the Program Director of the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School. She directs its efforts on the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice.

Ms. Quattlebaum previously worked as the Senior Liman Fellow in Residence at Yale Law School, where she co-taught the Liman Workshop and the Liman Practicum, an experiential course on criminal justice reform. Prior to that, she was an associate at Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP, in New York, NY, where she represented clients in criminal and civil cases, and an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow and attorney at the Neighborhood Legal Services Association in Pittsburgh, PA. Ms. Quattlebaum also served as a clerk for the Honorable Julio M. Fuentes of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Ms. Quattlebaum received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2002 and her JD from Yale Law School in 2010. Prior to law school, Ms. Quattlebaum served as Associate Director of Common Cause New York.


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