Our Leadership

Law Enforcement Leaders is spearheaded by leaders in law enforcement agencies from various divisions across the country.

Leadership

  • Ronal Serpas

    Executive Director
    Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration
    Former Police Superintendent, New Orleans, Louisiana

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  • Taryn Merkl

    Senior Counsel
    Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration
    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of New York

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Executive Board

Staff

  • Sunwoo Oh

    Coordinator

    Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration

  • Bryan Furst

    Katz Fellow
    Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration

Ronal Serpas is a Co-Chair for the Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration. Previously, he served as Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department in Louisiana and Police Chief of the Nashville Police Department in Tennessee. He is also a Professor of Practice at the Loyola University’s Criminal Justice Department in New Orleans.

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Prior to joining Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and & Incarceration as Senior Counsel, Taryn A. Merkl served for over 16 years in the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, including as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, and as Chief of the Civil Rights and Organized Crime & Gangs Sections. Ms. Merkl also served as a founding co-Chair of the Brooklyn Human Trafficking Task Force for six years.

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Hassan Aden is an Executive Fellow for the Police Foundation, Founder at the Aden Group, and sits on the Executive Board for the Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration. Previously, he served as the Police Chief in Greenville, North Carolina and as the Deputy Police Chief in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Mark Earley is a former State Senator and Attorney General of Virginia, and is the immediate past President and CEO of Prison Fellowship USA. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Prison Fellowship International and sits on the Executive Board for the Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration. He is also a Signatory on Right on Crime.

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Walter Holton is the founder of the Holton Law Firm and the former United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina under President Clinton. He currently sits on the Steering Committee for the Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration.

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Jim Johnson is currently of counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton, where he previously was a partner, and sits on the Executive Board for the Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration. Prior to that, he served as Undersecretary for Enforcement at Department of the Treasury and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division in the Southern District of New York.

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Kathleen O’Toole is the Police Chief of the Seattle Police Department in Washington and sits on the Executive Board for the Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration. Previously, she served as the Police Commissioner of the Boston Police Department in Massachusetts.

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Ronal Serpas is a Co-Chair for the Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration. Previously, he served as Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department in Louisiana and Police Chief of the Nashville Police Department in Tennessee. He is also a Professor of Practice at the Loyola University’s Criminal Justice Department in New Orleans.

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Brett Tolman is a shareholder and Chair of the Ray Quinney & Nebeker P.C.’s White Collar, Corporate Compliance, and Government Investigations Section. Previously, he served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah from July 2006 to December 2009, under George W. Bush. He currently sits on the Steering Committee for the Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration.

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Cyrus Vance is the District Attorney of New York County and sits on the Executive Board for the Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration.

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