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Board & Leadership
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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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.
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
As Workforce Development Specialist, Mr. Jackson brings over 12 years of experience in youth and workforce development. He has dedicated his career to youth development, emphasizing the psychology behind racial and cultural identity development, and how it relates socially, academically, and professionally. He has had success in curriculum design and development, creating programs for male empowerment, leadership development, rites of passage, and mentoring. Mr. Jackson has worked with government agencies, academia, and numerous nonprofits, gaining experience with community and national organizations such as the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, YouthBuild, and Color of Change.org, among others. He has served on a number of boards, including the New York Urban League Young Professionals, Community Board 9, and IMANI Youth, as well as been an active leader in education reform focusing on educational inequalities, the school-to-prison pipeline, and special education protocols and procedures in New York City and Chicago.
Before coming to the Crime Commission, Mr. Jackson was helping young men who were reentering the workforce and society with life skills and workforce training. He provided extensive psychological and tangible skills training workshops that allowed previously incarcerated men and young men to transition back into society and turn their lives around. Mr. Jackson also manages a leadership development and mentoring program, serving over 100 young men in New York City. Currently, Mr. Jackson is working on a documentary that investigates the development of image and identity and leadership of African American males as seen through the history and significance of Black barbershops in North America.
Mr. Clarence Jackson is a passionate and dedicated professional, who tirelessly applies himself to the service of his community, through education, training, and advocacy.
As a Program Associate, Ms. Liggett assists the Crime Commission in violence prevention efforts, focusing on how social media impacts real-world violence. Utilizing her expertise in psychology and research, Ms. Liggett assists in furthering the E-Responder Program, an intervention model that trains community professionals in how to de-escalate violence on social media as well as how to use social media to empower youth and change violence norms. Through this work, Ms. Liggett is thrilled to continue advancing the important work of community anti-violence organizations and the Crime Commission.
Before beginning her work at the Crime Commission, Ms. Liggett supported research on criminal behavior from a multitude of different psychological lenses, including cognitive science, neurobiology, and clinical perspectives. This experience gave her an integrated view on how psychology can further prevention efforts.
Ms. Liggett graduated with honors from Eckerd College with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a minor in biology, and from New York University where she received a master's degree in forensic psychology.
Director of Violence Prevention
As the Director of Violence Prevention, 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 Cybercrime Prevention Initiatives
Ina Wanca is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Security, Fire and Emergency Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also a Director of Cybercrime Prevention at the Citizens Crime Commission of NYC, and oversees the Predictive Prevention Lab. As a Director of Cybercrime Prevention, Ina Wanca leads the Crime Commission's efforts to bring technology and people together in order to prevent and reduce cybercrime.
Ms. Wanca's passionate approach to cybercrime is both transdisciplinary and holistic, with an emphasis on public-private partnerships to address cybercrime cooperatively, capacity building projects, sustainable development, and motivational environment, including the use of artificial intelligence in cyberlearning and cybercrime prevention.
Throughout her career, Ms. Wanca has worked with various international, intergovernmental, diplomatic, and private organizations including the United Nations, the International Peace Institute, and the U.S. Mission to the European Union. In her capacity as a project manager and a research trainee, Ms. Wanca examined the role of governments and private enterprises in securing cyberspace. As a global affairs field intensive researcher, she interviewed and initiated cybercrime dialogues with the UNCTAD, ILO, UNDP, NATO, ICRC, WIPO, WTO, UNAIDS, IOM, IPCC, WFP, Radio Europe, ICC, ICTY, Chinese Mission to the UN, Turkish Mission to the UN, the Russian Embassy in Prague, U.S. Embassies and Consulates, and the Czech Ministry of Interior, among others, to map the most effective ways of preventing cybercrime. Ms. Wanca conducted country-specific risk assessments and presented ideas to high-level UN senior policymakers and U.S. and EU officials addressing the issues of social impact through secure capacity building and knowledge development.
Ms. Wanca is also a member of the FBI InfraGard, NY Chapter and a prominent member of the Council of Europe Octopus community working on initiatives to strengthen public-private cooperation in fighting cybercrime. Mr. Wanca is also an affiliated member of the Initiative for the Study of Emerging Threats at New York University, a project led by the internationally recognized expert of transnational crime and Russian security affairs Dr. Mark Galeotti. In addition, she takes part in simulations at the Wikistrat's international cybersecurity crime desk.
Previously, Ms. Wanca enjoyed a successful career with Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Bloomberg LP and Chubb Limited, where she worked on intellectual property, lobbying, and regulatory compliance matters in more than 120 countries. Ms. Wanca has designed educational games for math and linguistic learning freely accessible to kids from all ages.
She holds a master's degree in Global Affairs/Cybersecurity from New York University, where she served as a vice president of the Transnational Security Committee, and earned a law degree from VFU Chenorizetz Hrabar in Bulgaria. Her bachelor's degree is from the Technical University of Varna. Ms. Wanca is continuously expanding her knowledge and skills in the area of computational social science, artificial intelligence, cyberlearning, machine learning and game theory through various educational programs offered by Harvard University, MIT, and Stanford University. Most recently Ms. Wanca completed a SummerLab on human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon, where she developed an cognitive tutor for a phishing email prevention.
Richard Aborn, President
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