Shannon McFadden Branly, Deputy Chief of Staff, joined PERF in 2008. As Deputy Chief of Staff she is responsible for assisting in administrative oversight for all PERF projects, and contributing to project development and management for both private and federally funded work. Since joining PERF, she has successfully led the management and hosting of many national meetings and executive sessions, aided in the development and execution of project strategies, contributed to recent PERF publications, and has provided technical assistance and management expertise on a number of PERF's most critical projects, including work on the reporting and investigation of sexual assaults, the impact of the economic recession on police agencies, and violent crime reduction initiatives. She has participated in all aspects of project work from their initial development through final deliverables, such as contributing to literature reviews, survey development, data collection and analysis, and reporting of project findings. Ms. Branly has a master's degree in forensic psychology from Marymount University and a bachelor's degree from James Madison University where she majored in psychology and minored in criminal justice.