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Shanna Tova  O'Reilly

Shanna Tova O'Reilly

Former Program Director, Community-Based Policing (CBP), Bangladesh


Expertise: policing, human rights, the rule of law, and institutional reform through formal and informal educational and practical approaches.

Shanna O'Reilly left the Foundation in 2014.

Shanna O'Reilly managed The Asia Foundation's Community-Based Policing (CBP) with USAID in Bangladesh. This involves a partnership with the Bangladesh Police and five local civil society organizations to increase positive relations and collaborations between law enforcement and citizens through community policing activities. Ms. O'Reilly is responsible for the overall strategic vision, implementation and technical and financial aspects of the program.

During the past 10 years, Ms. O'Reilly has worked in diverse areas of development with an emphasis on project development, oversight, institutionalization and monitoring and evaluation. She is experienced in institutional reform and professional capacity building using a train-the-trainer approach.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. O'Reilly worked for four years as director of Latin American public security programs at the National Strategy Information Center's Culture of Lawfulness Project. There she oversaw rule of law education for federal, state and local police forces with financial support from the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). In this capacity, she developed projects, designed curricula, and led seminars for police agencies and academies from throughout the region and worked to integrate rule of law education and practices into ongoing training programs, policies and day-to-day functions.

Before her work in policing, from 2001 – 2005, Shanna was a team leader for a research and intervention project on human rights issues affecting migrants on the US-Mexico border. She also oversaw human rights projects in rural villages in the Sierra Tarahumara, a poorly governed region in the Mexican state of Chihuahua confronted with issues of violence and drug cultivation.

Education: Master of Arts in International Affairs and Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC; Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from Ohio State University.

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