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Meet Our Graduate Fellows

Meet Our Graduate Fellows

While the HCNY Foundation started with a focus on providing scholarship funds for Harvard College students, it has since expanded its activities.

Timothy Malin, from White Plains, New York, received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame with a dual major in English and history.

Tim has been a Police Sergeant and Police Captain with the City of New York Police Department. His most recent role within the NYPD is Crime Analysis Unit Head. Tim is responsible for the identification, analysis and tracking of all crime trends and patterns within the Bronx’s 41st precinct.

Tim’s primary career goal is to excel and advance as a member of the New York City Police Department. While he began his professional life in the private sector, he felt something was missing and recalled the call to service that was an underlying theme during his years at Notre Dame. Dedicated to the City of New York, Tim believed he could best serve by becoming a police officer and embracing the NYPD motto of “Courtesy, Professionalism, and Respect.” Ultimately, he hopes to become a precinct commander and then to assume a police department policy-making management position.

In order to achieve his career goals, Tim is pursuing his MC/MPA and will combine his educational experience with his street-level experience in order to achieve a just and analytical style of leadership. He believes that interaction with Harvard Kennedy School faculty as well as his fellow classmates will deepen his understanding of how to affect public policy for the benefit of his community.

As the son of police officer seriously injured in the line of duty, Ron took to public service at an early age. He volunteered for his local fire department at age fifteen. Then, the day he turned seventeen, he enlisted in the U.S. Army through a special program that allowed him to attend boot camp during the summer between eleventh and twelfth grades. After high school graduation, he spent the summer training as an army medic—a skill he later put to good use working in Harlem as a New York City emergency medical technician.

But Ron says none of these early endeavors compare to the public contributions he has been able to make as a member of the New York City Police Department. Ron realized his childhood dream of joining the ranks of the NYPD in 1996. He has since worked in a variety of assignments throughout the city. He spent his first years at the 52nd Precinct where he worked on patrol and in various details including Domestic Violence, Street Narcotics Enforcement, and Anti-Crime. With six years of hard work graciously recognized, he was transferred to the Precinct Detective Squad, promoted to detective, and shortly thereafter assigned to the squad’s Homicide team—a position Ron cites as both his most demanding and rewarding assignment.

Upon promotion to sergeant in 2004, Ron was assigned to the 47th precinct where he was tasked with managing a spike in auto theft complaints. Ron devised and implemented a comprehensive strategy which contributed to a 22 percent decline in auto theft reports over the subsequent six months. The following year, Ron was transferred to the Internal Affairs Bureau where he conducted several high-profile investigations. Ron credits his time conducting internal investigations in IAB for the insight he obtained into a particularly pernicious side effect of police work: officer stress. To that end, Ron passed a rigorous interview process and training program to counsel afflicted officers as a volunteer with the officer support program POPPA (Police Officers Providing Peer Assistance).

Since 2007 Ron has supervised investigations within the department’s Organized Crime Control Bureau. He has spent time in the Auto Crime and Narcotics divisions as well as the bureau’s Investigations Unit.

Jon Murad is a sergeant with the New York City Police Department. As a police officer and detective, he has worked as a field intelligence officer in Bronx housing projects, helped create an unprecedented international police-mentoring program that deploys active-duty NYPD officers to Haiti, and provided strategy and analysis for an array of issues and projects germane to the nation’s largest police service. He has helped develop the NYPD’s counter-terrorism capabilities, enhanced its cybersecurity protocols, and investigated incidents ranging from officer-involved shootings to the euthanasia of retired police horses. Jon is a graduate of Harvard College and also has a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. He was the 2012 recipient of the Raymond W. Kelly Graduate Scholarship, and was honored to deliver the Graduate Oration at Harvard University’s 362nd Commencement in 2013. He lives in the Bronx with his wife, Vonnie, and children, MacArthur and Cady Elizabeth.

New York Police Sergeant Lauren E. Foster K’15 is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and was a Richardson Merit Scholar. Her bachelor’s degree is from Fordham University, College of Business Administration, where she was on the Dean’s List with a concentration in Economics and a minor in Legal and Ethical Studies, Specialization in G.L.O.B.E. International Business. She was admitted into the New York Bar in 2006 and is an associate attorney at the Law Office of Joseph McConnon & Associates. Since 2006, since she has been a NYPD officer and has served in several roles:

Deputy Commissioner Legal Matters, Civil Enforcement Unit – Sergeant: Supervising uniformed and civilian attorneys who represent the NYPD Property Clerk in civil forfeiture litigation cases of vehicles and currency. Assessing potential cases to determine if they are viable for forfeiture and assign those that are for litigation or settlement. Advising attorneys on legal strategies for litigation and settlement of cases. Assigning and supervising clerical and support staff functions to uniformed and civilian personnel. Representing the City of New York in Supreme Court on nuisance abatement cases.

7th Precinct – Sergeant: Supervised a squad of police officers performing patrol functions. Prepared reports regarding patrol-related matters.

Deputy Commissioner Legal Matters, Civil Enforcement Unit – Police Officer: Represented the NYPD Property Clerk in civil forfeiture hearings before the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings and New York County Supreme Court. Coordinated debriefings involving firearms and controlled substances. Represented the City of New York in Supreme Court on nuisance abatement cases.

13th Precinct – Police Officer: Patrolled assigned area and provided surveillance and protection from criminal activity. Enforced criminal law statutes and vehicle and traffic regulations. Interacted with the community and worked to resolve issues affecting quality of life.

Deputy Commissioner Legal Matters, Civil Enforcement Unit – Law School Intern: Drafted summons and complaints. Answered questions regarding vehicle seizures. Helped to settle cases and prepared for litigation. Participated in multi-agency inspections of bars and restaurants and nuisance abatement closings.

2013 Fellow
Captain John Hall

John is a newly-minted Captain assigned to the Patrol Services Bureau. Prior to his promotion he was a Lieutenant in the Department’s Crime Analysis and Program Planning Section where he worked to improve the Department’s capacity for data-driven decision-making.

John also recently served on the Police Commissioner’s Reengineering Group tasked with evaluating and improving the Department’s collaborative efforts with outside entities.

As a Sergeant, John worked in the Office of Management Analysis and Planning where he developed and evaluated the Department’s video-taped interrogation program, studied the operational impacts of the Rockefeller Drug Law Reform, and revised the Department’s marijuana arrest policy. John has also held operational positions in the Patrol Bureau and Organized Crime Control Bureau.

Prior to joining the Department John conducted cell biology research at both Cornell University and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in biochemistry from Cornell University and attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Foundation Fellow receiving his Masters in Public Administration in 2014. John resides in Sunnyside, Queens.

2012 Fellow
Assistant Commissioner Jon Murad

In December, 2014, Jon was appointed Assistant Commissioner, Strategic Communications by Police Commissioner William Bratton. In this capacity, Jon commands the NYPD’s executive communications team, and also works on policy development, strategy, and messaging.

Jon previously served as a patrol supervisor in Washington Heights, as a detective in a special projects team, and as a police officer and field intelligence officer in Bronx housing projects. He has been part of teams that have overseen a myriad of projects, including creating an unprecedented international police-mentoring program that deploys active-duty NYPD officers to Haiti, researching data-intensive performance studies, developing the NYPD’s counter-terrorism capabilities, enhancing its cybersecurity protocols, and investigating incidents ranging from officer-involved shootings to the euthanasia of retired police horses.

Jon is a graduate of Harvard College (’95) and entered the Harvard Kennedy School as a Foundation Fellow in 2012. He was honored to deliver the Graduate Oration at Harvard University’s 362nd Commencement in 2013. He lives in the Bronx with his wife, Vonnie (College ’94), and children, MacArthur and Cady Elizabeth.

2015 Fellow
Captain Conor Wynne

Currently, Conor is a captain assigned as the executive officer of the 7th precinct on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

As a lieutenant, Conor held assignment in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Collaborative Policing. This office brings external and internal stakeholders together to seek opportunities to improve police service, operations and policy. His initial assignment as lieutenant was as a platoon commander in Harlem’s 32nd precinct.

In the rank of sergeant he worked as a patrol supervisor in Washington Height’s 33rd precinct as well as in the Internal Affairs Bureau.

Prior to promotion to sergeant, he worked as a recruiter in the Recruitment Section, which included the honor of traveling around the country representing the department. His first post as police officer was in the 26th precinct covering Morningside Heights/Harlem.

Conor received his B.S. in Management from Boston College, with a concentration in accounting. He also holds a M.B.A. from Saint Joseph’s College, Brooklyn.

The HKS experience will be even better for him as he gets to spend time with family and friends, having grown up not too far from campus.