Deidre Hannigan joined the National Policing Institute in 2023 as Human Resources Generalist. Deidre brings with her a breadth of knowledge and diverse experience having worked in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. She is recognized for supporting fulfillment of organizational goals, and collaborating effectively with staff, management, and executive leadership.
Prior to joining NPI, Deidre worked for a local non-profit, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Inc. as a Human Resources Consultant, and Human Resources Generalist before that. During her time there, she worked at both campuses, and led and oversaw daily HR operations and functions in the Patterson, NY location. She worked with staff through different areas of employee relations and conflict resolution to improve overall wellbeing and provide a safe working environment. Deidre partnered with senior leadership to bring about change management across different areas within the organization. She helped to grow the number of visually impaired human and guide dog pairings through her hiring of guide dog trainers and O&M instructors. In addition, she increased Guiding Eyes’ diverse employee population by 60%, and introduced and implemented DEI training for all employees, for the first time. She wrote and applied different policies to ensure compliance, as well as employee understanding of expectations. Aside from a complete overhaul and improvement of the recruitment process, Deidre created and executed an onboarding management program that helped to increase employee retention significantly. During her time there she worked to improve other processes across the organization as well.
Before that Deidre began her corporate HR career at Contractors Register, Inc. DBA The Blue Book Building and Construction Network (now known as Dodge Construction Network). She began as Human Resources Assistant and quickly grew to Human Resources Coordinator and then Human Resources & Benefits Coordinator. There, she worked alongside a full team of nine assisting with everything HR. She researched and implemented new anti-harassment training for all employees, improved the orientation and onboarding process, and assisted with coaching, performance improvement, and the performance management process. She also assisted with benefits administration and payroll. Deidre served as an advisor on the Activities Committee and helped plan fundraising and company events that employees took part in.
Deidre’s background also includes retail management plus performance management and employee relations at the store level. Deidre holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Sacred Heart University. A native New Yorker, she currently resides there with her husband and family.
Areas of Focus
- HR operations
- Change management
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion