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Christine Cole

At-Large Member

Christine Cole currently serves as Executive Director at the Crime and Justice Institute at CRJ, Christine oversees multiple project teams, a total of 42 staff and manages $7.8M in research and technical assistance projects across all facets of the justice and safety sector.


Christine previously ran the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard Kennedy School and served as chief of staff for the Secretary of the MA Executive Office of Public Safety where she led and monitored policy and operational reform efforts throughout 14 state agencies and 22 commissions. 


During her more than 30 years in the sector, she has worked in local, regional and state levels of government in policing, institutional and community-based corrections, victim advocacy, community organizing, and emergency response planning as well as working as part of a prosecution team.  Her work on safety and justice reform includes projects in Africa, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific. She has extensive experience as a collaborator and facilitator with practitioners, community members, and academics, working as a change agent across a variety of topics and levels of government. Christine has contributed to research and writing about police organizations, leadership, oversight and the organization of first responders to mass casualty and active shooter events.


Christine holds a MPA from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, MA in community psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and BA from Boston College.

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