We achieve our vision through the expertise and commitment of our staff


Our visionary is Connie Rice, a civil rights lawyer who has helped transform the L.A. Police Department from a suppression-based institution focusing on arresting its way out of the problem to embrace community-based policing. Susan Lee is Connie’s longtime co-visionary, who crafted our Comprehensive Violence Reduction Strategy and oversees the team implementing that strategy in communities across California, and beyond.
Connie and Susan are supported by staff that bring a wide mix of community organizing, data analysis, policy expertise and community-based research to the implementation of our public health approach to ending community violence. Beyond their training and expertise, every one of the Urban Peace team has a passionate commitment to improving the safety and quality of life for those living in communities most impacted by racial and economic injustice.

Read Connie's full biography here.