Leadership Activity

leadershipSEARCH Leadership: Transformational Change in National Justice Initiatives

SEARCH staff actively participates in national forums, advisory bodies and committees to offer innovation and leadership to a variety of timely and important national justice initiatives.  Our efforts focus on these outcomes:

  • Thought leadership. SEARCH offers innovative ideas and strategies that challenge conventional wisdom, push boundaries, and proactively address unanswered challenges.
  • Involvement.  SEARCH serves in leadership, advisory and support capacities, helping to lead and advise efforts that can benefit from our particular strengths and practical experience in the field.
  • Influence and Impact. By stimulating ideas through active participation and leadership, we help effect change and measurable improvements in issues involving the use, management and exchange of criminal history, justice and public safety information.
  • Collaboration.  SEARCH works collaboratively with its partners to deliver solutions, develop policy, and identify best practices.

SEARCH leadership activities include these national initiatives and groups —

We’re also committed to offering leadership in areas such as juvenile justice, federated identity management and more.

Karen Lissy

Ms. Karen Lissy is a Justice Information Services Specialist for the Law and Policy Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. In this position, she provides assistance to state and local justice and public safety agencies to collect, curate, and use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data and computerized criminal history record (CCH/CHRI) information for policy analysis and development.

She also guides justice and related organizations in how to craft and implement laws, policies, practices, and technology applications to effectively collect and use CCH and related justice/public safety data; address legal, policy, and regulatory issues associated with CCH data; better manage and operate criminal justice information and identification systems; and develop security and privacy policies that protect justice information sharing systems.

Ms. Lissy has nearly two decades of research and data analysis experience, having led projects and tasks in support of two agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice), as well as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple foundations, including Ford, Annie E. Casey, and Hewlett. Prior to joining SEARCH in October 2020, Ms. Lissy served as a Social Science Researcher at RTI International, as a regional Crime Analyst for the Redmond (WA) Police Department, and as Director of a research program with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Beginning in 2012, Ms. Lissy’s work has focused on improving data in law enforcement to answer policy questions and improve community/police relations.

Ms. Lissy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.