Brenda Bond-Fortier, PhD

Professor, Public Service and Healthcare Administration

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Dr. Bond-Fortier specializes in organizational change and culture, systematic and collaborative approaches to organizational and community challenges, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of public and social policies and practices. Her book, Organizational Change in an Urban Police Department: Innovating to Reform (2020) analyzes changes in policy, practice and community relationships to understand innovation and organizational transformation in policing. She has conducted research across the United States, published her work in prestigious journals, and been cited in major media outlets.

ProSci Certified badgeBond-Fortier is a nationally respected and recognized policing scholar who is valued by practitioners and policymakers for her participation and contributions to public policy, practice and management. She serves as a Subject Matter Expert for the US Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance Strategies for Policing Innovation initiative, a Senior Research Fellow for the National Police Foundation, and an Associate Consultant for 21CP Solutions, Inc. She previously served as a Research Associate at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Program in Criminal Justice Policy & Management, as Research Advisor for the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, and as Director of Research and Development at the Lowell, Massachusetts Police Department.

Honors and Recognitions

Since joining Suffolk University in 2007, Brenda has secured over $900,000 in grants and contracts in support of research, training and technical assistance. She works with organizations across the US to assess and improve organizational performance. In the recent past:

  • Co-Principal Investigator, The NYU Policing Project 2021 - 2022
  • Co-Project Manager, Town of Ashland, MA., Racial Equity Initiative (REI) partnership 2021
  • Principal Investigator. Is social hierarchy an impediment to organizational innovation? 2018 - 2019, Suffolk Business School
  • Co-Principal Investigator. Implementation Studies: Comprehensive Gang Model Evaluation: Integrating Research into Practice. National Institute of Justice, FY 15 Social Science Research on Implementation, Dissemination and Translation 2016 - 2019
  • Research Partner, Lowell, Massachusetts Police Department, Smart Policing Initiative 2010 - 2018
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Data Analysis for Middlesex County Sheriff 2015


  • Suffolk University, Black Alumni Network, SBS Racial Equity Champion Faculty Award 2020
  • Sawyer Business School Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service 2018
  • Robert H. “Tex” McClain Distinguished Public Administration Award 2018
  • Sawyer Business School Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research 2013

Professional Activities

  • Editorial board member, American Review of Public Administration (ARPA)
  • Editorial board member, Police Quarterly (PQ) journals,
  • American Society for Public Administration Chair: Section on Criminal Justice Administration (Present)
  • Member, Academy of Management
  • Member, American Society for Public Administration
  • Member, American Society of Criminology


Recent Intellectual Contributions

Refereed Journal Articles

Socia, K.M., Morabito, M.S., Bond, B.J. & Nader, E. (2021). Public perceptions of police agency fairness and the willingness to call police. American Review of Public Administration, 51(5), 360-373. 

Gebo, E. & Bond, B.J. (2020). Improving inter-organizational collaborations: An application in a violence reduction context, The Social Science Journal, 1-12.

Bond, B.J. & Gabriele, K. (2018). Research and planning units: An innovation instrument in the 21st century police organization. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 29 (1), 29(1), 67-88.

Bond, B.J. & Nader, E. (2018). Institutionalizing place-based approaches: The adoption of a case of place model. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 41(3), 372-385.

Gebo, E. & Bond, B.J. (2016). Comparing determinants of effective collaboration in a comprehensive crime reduction initiative. Journal of Policy Practice, 15 (3), 212-232.

Bond, B.J. & Braga, A.A. (2015). Rethinking the Compstat process to enhance problem-solving responses: Insights from a randomized field experiment. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 16(1). 22-35.


Bond-Fortier, B.J. (2020). Organizational Change in an Urban Police Agency: Innovating to Reform. Routledge.

Book Chapters

Bond, B.J. & Nehmens, A. J. (2016). Compstat: A police performance management tool. In W.G Jennings, (Ed). Wiley Encyclopedia for Crime And Punishment. John Wiley Publishing

Gebo, E., Bond, B.J. & Campos, K. (2015). The OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Strategy. In Decker and Pyrooz (Eds). Handbook Of Gangs And Gang Responses. John Wiley Publishing


Bond, B.J. & Kelling, G. L. (2018). Compstat 2.0: A Community centered performance measurement system. In Leveraging CompStat to Include Community Measures in Police Performance Management (Eds. Shah, S., Burch, J. & Neusteter). Washington, D.C.: The COPS Office, The National Police Foundation & The Vera Institute

Intellectual Contributions

Media Highlights

  • WSBT (ABS affiliate), March 4, 2021
  • The Boston Globe, February 4, 2021
  • The Boston Globe, September 15, 2020
  • Wicked Local, MA, August 1, 2020
  • The Washington Post, July 22, 2020
  • The Boston Globe, July 2, 2020
  • The Boston Globe, June 7, 2020
  • The Boston Globe, May 29, 2020
  • Merrimack Valley Magazine, May 2020
  • The Boston Globe, April 26, 2019
  • The Boston Globe, July 11, 19, 2018
  • Boston Voyager Magazine, May 2018
  • Metro West Daily News, 2016
  • The Lowell Sun, 2016
  • The Boston Globe, 2015
  • The Worcester Telegraph & Gazette, 2015
  • WBUR, Radio Boston, 2015
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Courses Taught

PAD 201: Social Change
PAD 711: Foundations of Public Service Administration
PAD 712: Information-based Management
PAD 716: Strategic Human Resource Management
PAD 717: Organizational Change
PAD 718: Leadership Strategies in an Interconnected World
PAD 890: Strategic Management
PAD 816: Seminar in Public Policy
PAD 817: Administrative Strategies in State & Local Government
PAD 819: Grant Writing
PAD 831: Community Engagement
PAD 855: Civic Innovation & Community Engagement
PAD 859: Public Service Internship
PAD 863: Introduction to Performance Improvement Strategies
PAD 864: Performance Measurement Capacities (New Course)
PAD 900: Organizational Resilience and After Action Reviews

Professional Links

LinkedIn | Google Scholar | Twitter: @profbrendabondPersonal Website

Degrees/Professional Certifications

  • PhD, MA, Brandeis University
  • MA, BS, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • AS, Northern Essex Community College