Rachel Locke is a Senior Policy Advisor and International Lead at the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she works on implementation of violence reduction strategies in contexts as diverse as El Salvador, Virgin Islands and Sweden. Formerly, she has worked as an advisor for USAID on framing USAID policy on intersection of violence, conflict and fragility with broader development aims, including extreme poverty, humanitarian action, and transition programming. In this capacity she led or co-led roughly ten conflict assessments, multiple program evaluations and supported program design across Africa, Asia and Central America, and facilitated USAID conflict trainings. She has been a visiting fellow at IPI and carried out consulting work on among other things drafting business plans for NGOs, programmatic development, program evaluations and studies. Her professional engagements span the USA, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola, Peru and Colombia.

Rachel Locke has extensive experience in working in: Angola, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Niger, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Thailand, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, and United States of America. Major areas of expertise include: Analysis & research, Conflict, situation and political economy analysis, Curriculum development and training, Monotoring, evalution and impacts assessments, Planning, strategy and programming, Policy development, and Urban Violence Reduction Strategies