Cherise Burdeen

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Vice President, Mission Support

Cherise Fanno Burdeen has spent more than 25 years working to improve public safety policies and practices across the country. After earning a bachelor’s in public administration from Miami University (Ohio) and a master’s in criminal justice from Indiana University, she began her career with the Department of Justice. After fieldwork that included time with the Safer Foundation in Chicago and post-9/11 federal service with the Department of Homeland Security, Cherise spent fifteen years with the Pretrial Justice Institute. Her work included the development of innovative strategies to raise awareness of justice issues, amassing a broad constituency of criminal justice stakeholder groups, providing technical assistance and training on policy reforms, and engaging in communications and media efforts. She has extensive experience with strategic planning, initiative management, and change efforts across both organizations and within the criminal justice system. Her commitments are to advancing laws and policies that center equity and well-being, operationalizing the vision of those closest to problems, and unlearning white supremacy culture.