Our Founders



Bio of connie rice

Our name honors Connie, Rice, and accomplishments of partnership with Susan Lee.  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.


bio of susan lee

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.

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