Who We Are

Who We Are

Background

Founded in 2016 to respond to growing interest in LEAD replication across the United States, the LEAD Support Bureau is the nation’s only resource to provide training, technical assistance, and strategic guidance to communities developing, implementing, or interested in understanding LEAD initiatives.

The Bureau is staffed by a team of expert practitioners who have first-hand experience of developing and implementing LEAD initiatives across the country. We also draw on the expertise of prosecutors, police, case managers, public safety leaders, and civil rights leaders who are now using LEAD on the ground and are available to share lessons learned with their peers across the nation.

The Bureau provides intensive and ongoing technical assistance and support through site-specific contracts; some technical assistance may also be available on a limited pro bono basis.
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Who We Are

THE LEAD Model

What is It?

LEAD is not an organization—Instead, it’s a replicable model that helps communities increase health, equity, and safety by collectively developing new approaches to the problems associated with unmanaged behavioral illness or chronic poverty.
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Resources

How To Implement LEAD?

In every site, LEAD begins with a group of stakeholders committed to finding a better way. To support their efforts, the Bureau provides an evolving array of resources and assistance, including site visits, topic-specific presentations and trainings, and reference documents.
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The team

Expert Practioners with First-hand Experience

Teams

Teams

National

Supporting and enhancing LEAD efforts across the country and the world
  • Najja Morris-Frazier

    Director
    National
    Najja Morris-Frazier
  • Chief (Ret.) Brendan Cox

    Director of Policing Strategies
    National
    Chief (Ret.) Brendan Cox
  • Michele Gayle

    Site Advisor
    National
    Michele Gayle
  • Tiarra Bryant

    Deputy Director, PDA
    National
    Tiarra Bryant
  • Rebecca Brown

    Consulting Expert
    National
    Rebecca Brown
  • Lisa Daugaard

    Co-Executive Director/Policy, PDA
    National
    Lisa Daugaard

Washington State

Supporting and enhancing LEAD efforts across the state
  • Malika Lamont

    Director
    Washington State Technical Support Team
    Malika Lamont
  • Bethany Bernard

    Practice Advisor
    Washington State Technical Support Team
    Bethany Bernard
  • Scott Brandon

    Practice Advisor
    Washington State Technical Support Team
    Scott Brandon
  • Everett Maroon

    Practice Advisor
    Washington State Technical Support Team
    Everett Maroon
  • Chelle Wilder

    Project Manager
    Washington State Technical Support Team
    Chelle Wilder
  • Rebecca Brown

    Consulting Expert
    Washington State Technical Support Team
    Rebecca Brown
  • Lisa Daugaard

    Co-Executive Director/Policy, PDA
    Washington State Technical Support Team
    Lisa Daugaard

LEAD Seattle · King County

Flagship site project management team
  • Aaron Burkhalter

    South King County LEAD Program Director
    LEAD Seattle · King County
    Aaron Burkhalter
  • Samuel Wolff

    Seattle LEAD Program Director
    LEAD Seattle · King County
    Samuel Wolff
  • Ramon Hernandez

    Project Manager
    LEAD Seattle · King County
    Ramon Hernandez
  • Michelle McClendon

    Project Manager
    LEAD Seattle · King County
    Michelle McClendon
  • Simone Walcott

    Program Manager
    LEAD Seattle · King County
    Simone Walcott
  • Christopher Archiopoli

    Program Manager
    LEAD Seattle · King County
    Christopher Archiopoli
  • Ben Vaagen

    Project Manager
    LEAD Seattle · King County
    Ben Vaagen
  • Brandi McNeil

    Deputy Director
    LEAD Seattle · King County
    Brandi McNeil
  • Tara Moss

    Co-Executive Director/Programs, PDA
    LEAD Seattle · King County
    Tara Moss

National

Supporting and enhancing LEAD efforts across the state
  • Najja Morris-Frazier

    Director
    National
    Najja Morris-Frazier
  • Chief (Ret.) Brendan Cox

    Director of Policing Strategies
    National
    Chief (Ret.) Brendan Cox
  • Michele Gayle

    Site Advisor
    National
    Michele Gayle
  • Tiarra Bryant

    Deputy Director, PDA
    National
    Tiarra Bryant
  • Rebecca Brown

    Consulting Expert
    National
    Rebecca Brown
  • Lisa Daugaard

    Co-Executive Director/Policy, PDA
    National
    Lisa Daugaard
  • Malika Lamont

    Director
    Washington State Technical Support Team
    Malika Lamont
  • Bethany Bernard

    Practice Advisor
    Washington State Technical Support Team
    Bethany Bernard
  • Scott Brandon

    Practice Advisor
    Washington State Technical Support Team
    Scott Brandon
Change Begins With Communities.

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