The Government Law Center at Albany Law School (GLC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michele Andre as Program Manager of the City of Albany Community Police Review Board (CPRB).
Established in 2000 and supported by the GLC, the CPRB is an independent body tasked to improve communication between the city and its police department, increase police accountability and credibility with the public, and create a complaint review process free from bias and informed of actual police practice.
In this position, Andre will be the GLC’s primary liaison to the board to help it fulfill its mission, including managing the board’s work, processing complaints, overseeing student research, and participating in community outreach and education.
“I look forward to applying innovative solutions to challenges the CPRB may face, including creative solutions to organizational needs and managing the changing world around us,” Andre said.
"Michele has demonstrated an understanding of and commitment to the CPRB’s mission. Her dedication to police reform and her ability to problem-solve and identify process improvements make her invaluable. We are so pleased to be working with Michele.” said Nairobi Vives, Esq. ‘12, Chair of the CPRB.
“Michele is a highly organized problem solver who can work both independently and with the CPRB's multi-disciplinary team while meeting tight deadlines without compromising the quality of work that the organization is doing,” said the Honorable Leslie E. Stein ‘81, director of the Government Law Center.
While earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany, Andre was a Session Assistant and Press Secretary for NYS Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson in 2016.
After serving in the City of Albany’s Office of Corporation Counsel for over a year, Andre joined the Albany Common Council as a Legislative Aide in 2018, where she was a liaison between city departments and Council members.
She received the 6th Ward recognition during the 2020 African American History Month Celebration for improving Council operations and enhancing transparency and public accessibility to Council deliberations. During her tenure, the Council received an ‘A’ grade from the New York Coalition for Open Government for complying with the open meetings law and allowing public comments during regular meetings.
In early 2021 and previous to her current position, Andre joined the City of Albany Office of Audit and Control. While there she completed audits, provided oversight to the utility accounts, and organized the first Ready. Set. Goal! youth program to link Albany youth to economic opportunities. She also worked on COVID-19 response efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in vaccine distribution.