Andrea Luna, PERF Chief of Staff, provides project management and administrative oversight to the organization and serves as a liaison for PERF with federal agencies, city and state clients, private funders, national and international partners, and consultants.
As a senior executive at PERF, Ms. Luna also manages a diverse portfolio of research, technical assistance, and demonstration project initiatives. For example, she is currently leading a federally-funded initiative to work with the Minneapolis Police Department to build community perceptions of police legitimacy through the use of procedural justice concepts while working with the community to address their crime concerns.
She also oversees the organization’s Critical Issues in Policing Series. For over a decade, Ms. Luna has helped lead this series’ 25+ projects which include research, publications and executive sessions addressing the most pressing issues in policing. In addition, she has successfully managed numerous other federal and privately-funded community engagement and technical assistance projects, including PERF’s largest overseas community policing project.
As a PERF researcher, Ms. Luna has played a central role in various projects for which she has co-authored PERF publications, including Increasing Community-Police Partnerships to Fight Crime: A Case Study of USAID’s Grants Pen Initiative in Jamaica, Exploring the Challenges of Police Use of Force, The Role of Law Enforcement in Public Health Emergencies: Special Considerations for an All-Hazards Approach, and Police Planning for an Influenza Pandemic: Case Studies and Recommendations from the Field, to name a few. In addition to contributing to the wide array of PERF projects she is also integral to the development of new project initiatives and funding for the organization.
Ms. Luna has a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Memphis and a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.