Project Director, National Justice Database
Krista Dunn was born in Toledo, Ohio, raised in Dallas, Texas, then headed to the University of Utah on an athletic scholarship. She was a three-sport athlete and an All-Conference and All-American Volleyball player for Utah. She obtained her bachelor’s degree with majors in Sociology and Physical Education, and minors in Psychology and Athletic Training, with a teaching certification.
She taught at Highland High School in Salt Lake City, and coached varsity sports, winning several State and Region Championships. She then worked for Murray School District as Programs for At Risk Youth and Families Administrator, collaborating with her husband, director of the local Boys & Girls Clubs to develop programs for families and children. She started and chaired many community advisory boards and brought in tens of thousands of dollars in grants to fund these programs.
After 18 years in the public schools, Krista went to work for the Salt Lake City Police Department, where she spent 17 years in administration, bringing in millions of dollars in funding for special projects, then was promoted to Administrative Services Director. Her final three years, she was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police. During her time with the SLCPD, Krista was also elected to the City Council of Murray, Utah where she served three four-year terms.
Krista retired from the SLCPD in November of 2015 and joined CPE as the National Justice Database Project Director in January of 2016. She is married to Bob Dunn and has two adult daughters, all of whom work in service professions.