Citizens Crime Commission of New York City

A non-partisan non-profit organization working to make criminal justice
and public safety policies and practices more effective through innovation,
research, and education.

Board & Management

Richard M. Aborn

As president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, a non-partisan non-profit organization focused on criminal justice and public safety policies and practices, Richard Aborn draws on his wide experience in criminal prosecution and litigation, policy development, management and government affairs to promote the Crime Commission's agenda of making the criminal justice and public safety policies and practices of New York City more effective.

In his work at the Crime Commission, Mr. Aborn maintains a focus on the process of identifying problems, developing strategic responses, and implementing comprehensive, effective solutions. This approach often involves "silo busting"—the process of working across outmoded or counterproductive organizational barriers to achieve successful results.
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Ashley Cannon
Director of Public Policy

Ashley Cannon is responsible for policy analysis, project management, and overseeing the daily operations of the Crime Commission. Ms. Cannon has extensive knowledge of the criminal justice field and experience working with government, nonprofit organizations, think tanks, foundations, and community groups to address criminal justice and public safety issues.

Prior to joining the Crime Commission, Ms. Cannon worked for the Vera Institute of Justice Center on Sentencing and Corrections where she provided technical assistance to state governments reforming their criminal justice policies and practices. There her work focused on expanding community corrections programs in Alabama, developing policy to address overcrowding in California prisons, and creating a sentencing commission in Connecticut.

She has previously worked for the Midtown Community Court and the Fund for Modern Court's Citizens Jury Project in New York City, and the Montgomery County Police Department's Crime Analysis and Crisis Intervention Team Units in Rockville, Maryland.

She received a bachelor's degree in justice from American University and a master's degree in criminal justice from John Jay College.


As the Associate Program Director, Ms. Ueberall provides the Crime Commission with expertise in research and analysis concerning youth violence. Her career is focused on creating effective programs for youth involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, and has worked with probation offices in New York and California, along with other government agencies, academia, and numerous non-profit organizations.

Before beginning her work with the Crime Commission, Ms. Ueberall was the Senior Program Analyst for Esperanza NY Inc, where she provided technical assistance and analyzed processes utilized by NYC Probation. Ms. Ueberall was also the Research Coordinator for a feasibility study run by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she developed research designs and protocols for a national study on Transition Age Youth.

Ms. Ueberall strongly believes her direct service work led to her deep understanding of court-involved youth. She acted as a research interviewer, crisis counselor, and facilitated cognitive-behavioral therapy groups and academic achievement curricula.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, with a minor in Spanish from the University of Arizona, studying abroad in Oviedo, Spain. Additionally, she holds a master's degree in community psychology, with a concentration in program development from the University of New Haven. Originally from Yonkers, Ms. Ueberall is proud to be serving NY youth.

Director of Cyber Crime Initiatives

As Director of Cyber Crime Initiatives, Dr. Amy Williams leads the Crime Commission's cyber security efforts by helping businesses, government, and the public understand and combat cyber crime. In addition to conducting research and policy analysis, she manages the commission's alliance with the FBI and develops action-oriented awareness and education initiatives for a variety of audiences.

Dr. Williams specializes in identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities in technologies and user behaviors in efforts to help businesses and individuals reduce the attack surface available to criminals. In particular, she has extensive experience helping organizations within complex, inter-organizational ecosystems, such as healthcare and consumer packaged goods, understand and reduce risks posed by cross-party information sharing. She specializes in identifying risks in new and unexpected uses of technologies and creating mitigation strategies to address them. She also has vast experience helping entrepreneurs domestically and abroad devise innovative uses of available technologies, in addition to helping them with risk reduction. As a result, she has received numerous research grants including grants from Symantec and NSF to complete cyber risk-related research. Dr. Williams' consulting and research interests have been in two complimentary areas: 1) learning how to motivate individuals to take an interest in securing their computers and 2) understanding how unexpected use of systems creates security gaps in organizations.

Immediately prior to working for the Crime Commission, she held a research chair (Trustee Professor) in the Information Process and Management Department of Bentley University where she taught, consulted and conducted research in information security and computer forensics, broadly defined. She began her academic career at the University of Tennessee where she developed and implemented new academic programs in information technology and security and consulted extensively with healthcare companies struggling with HIPAA security and privacy compliance. She also worked for Arthur Andersen's Global Best Practices Division in Chicago and Arthur Andersen's Virtual Learning Network in Atlanta. She is the author of over 30 journal articles and textbook chapters and has been quoted in various media outlets. She has also been chairperson of 20+ national and organizational task forces or leadership committees and leader or member of 40+ additional committees where problem solving was a critical objective. Dr. Williams' innovative thinking and leadership has been acknowledged through receipt of several awards by peer institutions and through various invitations to speak at more than 40 conferences and workshops including events in China, Bahrain and throughout Europe.

Richard Aborn, President
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    Richard J. Ciecka
    Mutual of America (Retired)

    Gary A. Beller
    MetLife (Retired)

  • Thomas A. Dunne
    Fordham University

  • Abby Fiorella
    MasterCard Worldwide

  • Richard Girgenti

  • Rady Johnson
    Pfizer Inc.

  • George Lence
    Nicholas & Lence Communications

  • Edward Milstein
    Milstein Brothers Capital Partners

  • Keith Puls

  • Lauren Resnick

  • Lewis Rice
    Estée Lauder Companies

  • J. Brendan Ryan

  • Stuart Shorenstein
    Cozen O'Connor

  • Edward Stroz
    Stroz Friedberg

Learn About Our Initiatives
» Cyber Crime
» Domestic Terrorism Post-9/11
» Gang and Group Violence Prevention
» Large-Capacity Ammunition Magazines
» Mass Shooting Incidents in America
» Raise the Age to 18
» Social Media Behavior & Real-World
» Consequences

» Counter-Terrorism
» DNA Databank
» Guns=Prison
» Interstate Strike Force
» Juvenile Justice
» Microstamping

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