The Policing Project is proud to announce that Senior Program Manager Regina Holloway has been selected as a 2019 Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity, joining a cohort of 20 leaders from across South Africa and the United States who are working to end anti-Black racism and build a more equitable world.
Regina’s work at the Policing Project involves working directly with community members and the Chicago Police Department to advance the Chicago Neighborhood Policing Initiative (NPI). Modeled on New York City’s approach, but adapted to meet the specific needs of Chicago and its communities, NPI as a whole is designed to create a true community policing structure—one that promotes accountability, problem-solving, and increased positive contact between police and residents. NPI differs from other community policing strategies in that it seeks to create a joint and collaborative relationship between police and community to more effectively respond to and address issues that impact the community’s sense of public safety and quality of life.
As a leader of Chicago NPI, Regina works to identify and partner with a wide variety of key stakeholders, including neighborhood associations, grassroots organizations, faith-based communities, social service providers, and special interest organizations, from across Chicago’s diverse communities and guide them in building a collaborative relationship with the Chicago Police Department District Commander and his/her leadership team. This includes identifying key concerns and developing strategies for policing through community input, thereby creating a true co-production of public safety.
Prior to joining the Policing Project, Regina served as a Supervising Investigator with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability in Chicago. She began her legal career as a Clinical Fellow at Suffolk University Law School before transitioning to practicing criminal defense in the Boston District Courts, where she worked as a Bar Advocate for Suffolk Lawyers for Justice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and African-American Studies from Temple University, and earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Suffolk University Law School.
About the Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity
Launched in 2017, Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity is a yearlong, nonresidential fellowship program based at Columbia University in New York City and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa. Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity participate in transnational modules that build community and learning through structured dialogues, site visits and leadership trainings; guided webinar discussions that delve deeper into the topics discussed during the modules and that relate to the Fellows’ work; and partnerships with learning institutes that provide Fellows with foundational content in a more traditionally academic setting.
Later this month, Regina will travel with her cohort to Johannesburg to meet, share, learn from and collaborate with other changemakers from around the world. Congratulations to Regina from the entire Policing Project Team!