Dr. Ashley Brown Burns, CEO, Burns Innovation Group

Dr. Ashley Brown Burns is a leader in delivering evidence-based solutions designed to resolve issues steeped in race relations, social disparity and public safety. She has managed technical studies, strategic planning, and has been a senior advisor to intergovernmental agencies with emphasis on procedural and policy oversight & compliance. She brings over a decade of experience in empirical social science research & project management including market study, data collection & reporting, public engagement, and strategic communication with expertise in issues related to inequality, protected populations, and public administration.  She has collaborated with the New Orleans Police Department and the United States Department of Justice on policy, community policing, recruitment, training, transparency & oversight, secondary employment, procedural justice, bias-free policing, and civil rights compliance monitoring, research and data collection. Dr. Burns successfully has provided technical leadership of two biennial ~2,000 household community satisfaction surveys on behalf of the New Orleans Police Department’s Consent Decree, and is a federal consent decree monitor. Prior to co-founding ELE4A, she has been faculty of Tulane University, Amherst College, Gettysburg College, and Elon University. Dr. Burns has published in the Du Bois Review, UrbanLand, Urban Affairs Review, and the Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, and she is CEO of Burns Innovation Group, a certified minority-owned policy analysis & solutions consulting firm based in Louisiana. Dr. Burns completed her Ph.D. and MA in Public Policy at the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, and BA in Political Economy with a concentration in Africana Studies from Williams College.

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