Ivonne Roman earned a Master of Public Administration with Distinction from Rutgers-Camden and was their recipient of the Public Policy Department Student Achievement Award for 2017. Ivonne has over 20 years of experience in law enforcement, having served as the Chief of Police in Newark, NJ. She ascended through the ranks, serving in various operational positions, such as internal affairs investigator, precinct commander, and chief of detectives for the criminal investigations bureau. She received the Director’s Award in 2008 for her work as the commander of the Gangs and Narcotics Bureau and received the Chief’s Award in 2012 as commander of the 2nd precinct. She was a member of Newark’s Consent Decree negotiation team in 2015. She is a Certified Public Manager and completed Labor Relations certification through Rutgers University.
Ivonne is a PhD candidate at Rutgers-Camden studying the intersections of policing, public affairs and community building. She has established a Women’s Leadership Academy (WLA) within the Newark Police Superior Officers’ Association. The WLA mentors women interested in a career in law enforcement to increase retention of female recruits in the police academy. The WLA also offers advanced professional training opportunities for female officers interested in promotional advancement within the Newark Police Department. Ivonne is a National Institute of Justice LEADS Scholar (Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science), class of 2016, and is an executive board member of the American Society for Evidence-Based Policing.