Ms. Kristen Mahoney serves as the Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance within the Office of Justice Programs. She has comprehensive and practical experience creating criminal justice policies, programming, and technical assistance that aid state, local, and tribal communities. In 2016, Ms. Mahoney was recognized for her work developing the Violence Reduction Network (now the National Public Safety Partnership) and was awarded the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive by President Barack Obama.
From 2006 to 2012, Ms. Mahoney served as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention for the State of Maryland. She came to state government after serving as the Chief of Technical Services for the Baltimore Police Department and the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice for the City of Baltimore. Ms. Mahoney received her B.A. from Sweet Briar College and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore.