Amanda Burstein

Amanda Burstein, MPA, PMP

Director of Safety and Justice Programs

Safety & Justice Division


Amanda Burstein has over fifteen years of experience in project and program management in the nonprofit sector, including ten years of working with law enforcement. At the National Policing Institute, she oversees national training and technical assistance programs with goals of enhancing officer safety and wellness, policing in a democracy, reducing gun violence, and enhancing police-community relations through data-driven strategies. Ms. Burstein previously served as a Program Manager at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), overseeing national training and technical assistance programs such as the Alzheimer’s Initiatives, Officer Safety and Wellness programs, as well as organizational studies and the Center for Research and Policy. Working closely with all levels of government, law enforcement and strategic partners, she facilitates the development of tools and resources to further enhance public safety initiatives. She has participated in the National Officer Safety and Wellness Working Group and the CDC’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s Public Sector Working Group. She has acted as guest editor for Police Chief Magazine for several years, providing subject matter review to monthly columns and several whole issues.

Prior to IACP, Ms. Burstein worked for several nonprofits, including The National Mentoring Partnership, Volunteers of America, and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, working in various marketing, fundraising, and programmatic roles. Ms. Burstein received a B.A. in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University with minors in Community Health (Public Health) and Child Development and a Master’s in Public Administration from George Mason University with a Nonprofit Management concentration. She also holds Project Management Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute.

Areas of Focus

  • Project management
  • Training and technical assistance
  • Stakeholder engagement

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