Vera Institute of Justice Names Two New Trustees to Its Board

NEW YORK, NY– The Vera Institute of Justice announced the appointment of John Madsen, co-head of the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs, and Tiffany Moller, co-founder of Pallas Global, to its board of trustees. They join Sally T. Hillsman, executive officer of the American Sociological Association, who is becoming an honorary trustee after 14 years of service on Vera’s board.

“We are honored to welcome our new trustees, who will provide invaluable experience and insight to our board as we forge the challenges that lie ahead for criminal justice reform”, said Vera President Nicholas Turner. “Tiffany and John are both deeply dedicated to social justice, and they’ll join a board of esteemed colleagues who are making a commitment to energizing the growing movement to reform our broken justice system.”

“In this moment of urgency, I look forward to the fresh new perspectives that Tiffany and John will bring to the table to help us tackle some of the pressing challenges we face in securing equal justice in America,” said Board Chair John F. Savarese. “I’m thrilled to begin our collaboration and look forward to learning from their range of experience.” Regarding honorary trustee Sally T. Hillsman, Savarese added, “On behalf of the rest of the board and the Vera staff, I’m grateful to continue working with Sally, who has spent her decades-long career advancing research in in crime and justice. We have been honored to have her on our board, and now as one of our honorary trustees.”

“There is widespread agreement that our criminal justice system is deeply flawed, trapping millions of Americans in the quagmire of a costly system that ruins lives and destroys families,” said Tiffany Moller, about her appointment to the board. “Vera has been a leader in criminal justice reform since the 1960s, working with municipal agencies and others to bring cutting edge, innovative programs to the criminal justice system and drive change, and I am proud to be a part of their mission to chart a new course for our country.”

John Madsen added, “I’m eager to contribute to Vera’s board and work to address the unique social challenges that are contributing to our nation’s justice systems and support Vera’s mission to promote equality, fairness, and safety within our communities.” 


About Tiffany Moller:

Tiffany Moller is a co-founder of Pallas Global, a consulting firm that provides independent monitoring, claims resolutions services, and governance and ethics counseling to corporations and organizations worldwide. She most recently served as an Assistant Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Compliance and Oversight for the New York City Police Department from 2014-2016. She was responsible for coordinating NYPD’s response to recently created oversight bodies, including the largest municipal monitorship in the country, and the Inspector General for the NYPD. Ms. Moller’s responsibilities included developing, implementing and overseeing Department programs to comply with federal, state and local laws, and advising the Department generally on high profile legal matters. Prior to her service with the NYPD, Ms. Moller was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, ending her tenure in the Securities Fraud Unit. Ms. Moller tried numerous cases in federal district court in New York and Los Angeles, obtaining convictions in every case, and briefed and argued cases before the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Ms. Moller worked as an associate at Sullivan and Cromwell, the New York law firm.

About John Madsen:

John Madsen is co-head of the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs. He is a member of the firm’s Technology Risk Committee, Technology Americas Diversity Committee and Investment Banking Division Technology Investment Committee. John is also a managing director ally to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network, covering Technology. Previously, he was global head of the Enterprise Platforms team. Prior to joining the Technology Division to lead the Enterprise Platforms team in 2014, John led the Securities Division Core Strats team. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2003 as an associate on the FICC Core Strats team and was named managing director in 2008 and partner in 2014. Prior to joining the firm, John worked for several Internet start-up companies and pursued a PhD in Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley and Rutgers University. He earned a BA in Philosophy from Wesleyan University in 1992.

About Sally T. Hillsman:

Sally T. Hillsman is executive officer of the American Sociological Association, a membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. She was deputy director of the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, from 1996 to 2002. Earlier, she was vice president for research at the National Center for State Courts and associate director of the Vera Institute of Justice. A sociologist specializing in crime and justice, she earned her doctoral degree from Columbia University and taught at Queens College of the City University of New York. Hillsman joined Vera’s Board of Trustees in 2003 and became an honorary trustee in 2017.