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New IJIS Institute Executive Director Appointed

Thursday, July 30, 2020   (0 Comments)
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New IJIS Institute Executive Director Appointed

Longtime employee, Maria Cardiellos, selected to lead Institute

Ashburn, VA, July 30, 2020. The IJIS Institutea nonprofit organization that focuses on mission-critical information sharing for justice, public safety, and homeland security— announces the appointment of Ms. Maria M. Cardiellos as the next executive director of the IJIS Institute.

Following a thorough national search and the identification of a number of highly qualified candidates, the IJIS Institute’s Board of Directors announces the selection of longtime employee, Ms. Maria Cardiellos to fill the position that was recently vacated by Mr. Ashwini Jarral.

Maria brings 38 years of law enforcement, information sharing, and technology experience to the leadership role at IJIS.  She is a nationally recognized Justice and Public Safety executive with years of experience in leading numerous successful initiatives both nationally and internationally. “Maria has been an outstanding employee of the IJIS Institute, and we are confident that she will excel in leading IJIS as its Executive Director. We believe she is the individual at this time to meet the many challenge that face our communities nationally,” said Benji Hutchinson, chairman of the IJIS Institute Board of Directors.

Prior to her tenure with IJIS, Ms. Cardiellos served as Chief of Staff of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI). In this role she directed executive staff / consultants / resources provided by sponsor partners to include DOJ, DHS, FBI, ODNI and the White House. She was previously Chief Information Officer for the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety within the Office of the Attorney General, the largest state department in NJ. Ms. Cardiellos formerly led cutting edge integration jobs for the public sector community including an Integrated Justice Project for the Province of Ontario, Canada, as well as the first privatized/functionally outsourced emergency communication operation in North America for Northampton County, Pennsylvania.  She started her career with the Newark, New Jersey Police Department as Staff Assistant to the Police Director of the State’s largest sworn force.  She continued her work with public safety and justice for the Police Foundation in Washington D.C. where she developed its Training and Technical Assistance Division serving as its Deputy Director.