Elise T. Simonsen

Policy Analyst
Homeland Security & Public Safety Division

Elise Simonsen serves as a policy analyst for the NGA Center for Best Practices’ Homeland Security & Public Safety division. Simonsen focuses on issues that include criminal justice reform, public safety, corrections policy, juvenile justice, traffic safety and the heroin and opioid epidemic.

Prior to joining NGA in 2018, Simonsen worked in academia. She served as an instructor at two higher education institutions in Florida. Simonsen’s published work includes topics such as gangs, substance use, and childhood antisocial behavior.

Simonsen holds a doctorate in criminology, sociology and law with a concentration in criminal justice from the University of Florida, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in criminology from the same institution.

Elise originally hails from New York and Florida.