Barbara Chen is a program advisor and co-producer of To Protect, Serve and Understand, working closely with its creator and Irondale Ensemble executive director and founding artist facilitators to expand TPSU. She is a former civilian director of the NYPD, and held major communications roles there, at Bloomberg Philanthropies and Columbia University. Barbara provides strategic communications and content to mission-driven organizations including city government and nonprofits, focused on enhancing community engagement and social justice. She is on the steering committee of 30x30, a national initiative aimed at increasing and improving the representation of women in law enforcement, and is an alumna of Columbia Business School's Police Management Institute, and the Minority Writers Seminar hosted by the Freedom Forum Institute at Vanderbilt University. Previously she worked at ABC News and was New York chapter vice president of the national Asian American Journalists Association.