Laura Kunard

Laura Kunard, Deputy Inspector General

Laura Kunard was confirmed as Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety by the Chicago City Council in April 2017. Prior to joining OIG, she served as senior research scientist for CNA’s Safety and Security division where she worked on a variety of US Department of Justice initiatives focused on law enforcement research, training, and technical assistance. Prior to her position at CNA, Dr. Kunard served as Director of the Center for Public Safety and Justice (CPSJ), one of the original COPS Regional Community Policing Institutes, within the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. Dr. Kunard was also the founding Director of the Institute for Public Safety and Social Justice at Adler University, where she focused on police interactions with people with mental illness. Dr. Kunard earned a BA in Sociology and Psychology from Northwestern University and an MA and PhD in Criminology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.