Dr. Rebecca Neusteter is an experienced researcher and practitioner in the field of criminal justice. Rebecca has worked with numerous units of local and state government, assisting jurisdictions in understanding their criminal justice populations and implementing measures to enhance public safety and increase efficiency. Rebecca currently serves as the Vera Institute of Justice's Director of Policing. Previously she served as Director of Research, Policy, and Planning for the New York Police Department (NYPD), where she led the Department’s efforts to redesign the police officer performance evaluation system. Prior to joining the NYPD, Rebecca served as Director of Criminal Justice for the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Rebecca has also held a variety of positions, including Research Associate for the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center, Director of Criminal Justice Programs for The Doe Fund, Senior Analyst for the New York City Office of Management and Budget, and Deputy Director of Planning for the Center for Employment Opportunities. In these positions, Rebecca implemented, managed, and evaluated various programs designed to improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice system. Rebecca holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of the Graduate Center, City University of New York, an M.S. in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the Milano Graduate School of the New School University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Chapman University.