Chief Ivonne Roman (Ret.)


Ivonne Roman has 25 years of experience in policing, serving in every rank from police officer to police chief, in the Newark, New Jersey, Police Department.

Roman earned a Master of Public Administration with Distinction in 2017 and a Master of Science in Public Affairs in 2020 from Rutgers-Camden, where she has also completed coursework for a PhD in Public Affairs. She holds certifications from the Police Executive Research Forum, the Harvard Kennedy School, and Rutgers-Labor Relations program.

She is a board member of the American Society for Evidence-Based Policing, an executive fellow at the National Policing Institute, and was a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) scholar in 2016.  She was also a TED Talk fellow and earned the 2019 American Society of Criminology Outstanding Practitioner Award.

In 2021, Roman co-founded the 30×30 initiative to increase the representation of women in policing to 30 percent by 2030.