Ivonne Roman

Ivonne Roman is a Relationship Manager, Law Enforcement Initiatives at the Center for Policing Equity (CPE). She has 25 years of law enforcement experience and served as police chief in the Newark (NJ) Police Department and is pursuing a Rutgers PhD in Public Affairs and Community Development with a research focus in organizational legitimacy and representation of women in policing. Her advocacy for women in policing led to the establishment of the Women’s Leadership Academy (2017), a DOJ Women in Policing 2-day summit (2018), a TED Talk (2019) and the launch of the 30X30 initiative with the NYP Policing Project (2021), with a mission is to increase women’s representation in policing to 30% by 2030.  

Ivonne is on the board of directors at the American Society for Evidence-Based Policing and an executive fellow at the National Police Foundation.  She has been awarded the following for her advocacy on policing, evidence-based policing and representative bureaucracy: 2020 American Society of Criminology, Police Practitioner of the Year, 2020 Women’s Media Center scholarship, 2019 TED Talks Fellowship, 2018 Marshall Project journalism intern, and 2016 National Institute of Justice LEADS scholar. Her expertise in policing has been featured in the Marshall Project, MarketWatch, CNN, NBC, ABC, USA Today and countless speaking engagements.  For more details, refer to https://www.linkedin.com/in/womensleadpd/

Ivonne was born in Puerto Rico and raised in the City of Newark, NJ.  She is the proud mother of three daughters. She enjoys yoga, gardening and crafting during her free time.