Cherise Fanno Burdeen
Executive Director, Pretrial Justice Institute
Ms. Burdeen has spent nearly 20 years working to improve public safety policies and practices across the country. After earning a Bachelors in Public Administration from Miami University (Ohio) and a Masters in Criminal Justice from Indiana University, she began her career with the National Institute of Justice, US Department of Justice. After field work that included time with the Safer Foundation in Chicago and post-9/11 federal service with the Department of Homeland Security, Ms. Burdeen joined PJI. Since 2006, Ms. Burdeen has developed innovative strategies to raise awareness of pretrial justice issues, amassed a broad constituency of criminal justice stakeholder groups, provided technical assistance and training on policy reforms, and engaged in communications and media efforts. She has extensive experience with strategic planning, initiative management, and communications efforts across the criminal justice system. After a national search in 2013, the PJI Board selected Ms. Burdeen as PJI's Executive Director. Ms. Burdeen is also the Immediate Past President of National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies.