Our Advisory Board
The Policing Project at the New York University School of Law is grateful for the advice and counsel of our Advisory Board.
Vanita Gupta is the President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. She previously served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division under President Obama. Prior to joining the Justice Department, Gupta served as Deputy Legal Director and the Director of the Center for Justice at the American Civil Liberties Union.
Scott Thomson is chief of the Camden County Police Department and President of the Police Executive Research Forum. He served as the Chairman of the Philadelphia/Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area for the White House Office of National Drug Control Police. He is an Executive Fellow for the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Art Acevedo is the chief of the Houston Police Department. The first Hispanic officer to lead the HPD, Acevedo brings a unique understanding of the concerns of the diverse communities in the City of Houston. Chief Acevedo also holds various leadership positions with the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Arif Alikhan is the Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing and Policy at the Los Angeles Police Department. He has served in several senior homeland security, counterterrorism,and law enforcement positions, including as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in LA and as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Jen Carnig is Senior Vice President of Spitfire Strategies where she works with leading civil rights organizations including the Ford Foundation, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and the ACLU. As an award-winning journalist, much of her work focused on civil liberties and racial equity. She previously served as director of communications for the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Ralph Clark is President and Chief Executive Officer of ShotSpotter, Inc. His more than 30 years of leadership experience includes serving as CEO of GuardianEdge Technologies Inc., and as VP of Finance for Adaptec. He is a member of the board of directors for Tactical Survey Group and Chairman of The Board of Pacific Community Ventures.
Jerry Clayton is the Washtenaw County Sheriff. Prior to being elected sheriff, he served in the sheriff's office for 20 years and worked as a certified criminal justice trainer and instructor. He has provided consulting services to the U.S. Department of Justice, assisting in the development and delivery of training curricula to local, state and federal correctional agencies throughout the United States.
Scott Crouch is the founder and CEO of the law enforcement technology company Mark43. He studied electrical engineering at Harvard University, where he also won the grand prize in the Harvard Innovation Lab’s President’s Challenge competition. Mr. Crouch has twice been named in Goldman Sach’s annual list of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.
Ron Davis Is a Principal Consultant at 21st Century Policing Solutions. He previously served as Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services of the U.S. Department of Justice, and was appointed by President Obama to serve as Executive Director of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. His career in law enforcement includes serving as chief of the East Palo Alto and 20 years with the Oakland Police Department.
Lawrence Epstein serves as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Zuffa, LLC, which owns and operates the Ultimate Fighting Championship, having previously served as the company’s Executive VP and General Counsel. Prior to joining Zuffa, Epstein was a Partner and the President of the Nevada based law firm Beckley Singleton, CHTD.
Maya Harris is an attorney, public policy advocate,and MSNBC Contributor. She wasa Senior Policy Advisor to Hillary Clinton’s 2016presidential campaign. Ms. Harris has previously served as Senior Fellow at the Center for AmericanProgress, Vice President of Democracy, Rights and Justice at the Ford Foundation,and Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California.
Hal Hess is Executive Vice President, International Operations, and President, Latin America & EMEA, at American Tower. Previously, Mr. Hess was a partner in the corporate and finance practice group of the law firm of King & Spalding LLP and practiced as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Young & Co.
Matthew Johnson is Vice President of the Los Angeles Police Commission and a partner at Ziffren Brittenham LLP. He was the youngest person recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the 100 Power Lawyers in the entertainment industry. He is involved in numerous charitable and civic organizations and is the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the I Have a Dream Foundation’s Dream Keeper Award.
Mecole Jordan is Executive Director of the United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations. She previously worked with the Chicago-based Target Area Development Corp., where she focused on violence prevention and support programs for formerly incarcerated individuals. Ms. Jordan also helped to build the Illinois-based Statewide Action and Grassroots Education Initiative.
Cathy Lanier is the Senior Vice President of Security for the National Football League. She previously served nearly 27 years with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., including as Chief of Police and as Commanding Officer of multiple special operations divisions. She was the first woman to hold the rank of Chief of Police in the Department’s history.
Dahlia Lithwick is an award winning journalist and senior editor at Slate where she writes the Supreme Court Dispatches and Jurisprudence columns. Among her honors are the 2017 Golden Pen Award from the Legal Writing Institute and the 2013 National Magazine Award. She earned her BA from Yale University and her JD from Stanford Law School.
Chris Magnus is the Chief of Police for the Tucson Police Department. He previously served 15 years in the Lansing Police Department, and as chief of police in Fargo, North Dakota, and Richmond, California. Chief Magnus testified before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing on best practice models of community policing.
Marcellus McRae is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in LA. He is involved with numerous professional and community associations including the Public Counsel Board of Directors,the Judicial Appointments Committee for the LA County Bar Association, the LA County Bar Complex Court Committee,and the Board of Advocates of Human Rights First.
Clark Neily is Vice President for Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute. He is the author of Terms of Engagement: How Our Courts Should Enforce the Constitution’s Promise of Limited Government. He previously served as senior attorney at the Institute for Justice and director of the Institute’s Center for Judicial Engagement. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law.
A graduate of Yale Law School, Ms. Remus served as a clerk to Justice Samuel Alito on the U.S. Supreme Court, and as Deputy Counsel and Deputy Assistant to the President in the Office of White House Counsel under President Obama. She has taught at the University of North Carolina School of Law and was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.
William Ruger is Vice President for Research and Policy at the Charles Koch Institute. He is an accomplished author, a teacher, and a veteran of the Afghanistan War. Mr. Ruger serves on the Executive Council of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society and as an officer in U.S. Navy (Reserve). He holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University.
Sean Smoot is the Director and Chief Counsel for the Police Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois and the Police Benevolent Labor Committee. He also serves as the elected Treasurer of the National Association of Police Organizations. He previously served as an advisor to the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team and was appointed by the President Obama to the President’s TaskForce on 21st Century Policing.
Nicholas Turner is the President and Director of the Vera Institute of Justice, having previously served as Vice President and Chief Program Officer. Prior to rejoining Vera, he served as managing director at The Rockefeller Foundation. Mr. Turner is a member of the advisory council of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and serves on the Independent Commission on NYC Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform and the advisory board to the NYC Children’s Cabinet.
Nina Vinikis the Director of Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform Program at the Joyce Foundation. She previously served in leadership positions at Legal Community Against Violence, the Litigation Assistance Partnership Project of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the ACLU Foundation of Florida.
Harlan Yu is the Executive Director of Upturn. He has previously worked at Google in both engineering and public policy roles, as a technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and at the U.S. Department of Labor. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Princeton University and is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.