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Presidential Leadership Joins the IJIS Institute

Thursday, October 8, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Ashburn, VA, October 8, 2020 - The IJIS Institute is thrilled to announce the addition of Mike Costigan to the staff. He will serve as the Director of Operations and Delivery, overseeing the organization's processes and projects, and assisting in the implementation of the IJIS strategic plan amongst other critical areas of operation. Mike joins the team as a seasoned leader with a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience after serving as a presidential and gubernatorial appointee in numerous administrations at the state and federal levels. 

Before joining the Institute, Mike served in the current Administration as the Acting Director for the USDepartment of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance. There, he recently administered the distribution of $850 million of the Coronavirus Supplemental Emergency Fund (CARES Act) to state and local law enforcement for COVID-19 emergencies. Preceding this role, he served as Chief of Staff for the DOJ Office of Justice Programs (OJP). Before the DOJ, he was part of the Heritage Foundation, where he served as Senior Advisor for Strategic Outreach and the Lead for Presidential appointments at the US Department of Commerce on the Presidential Transitional Team. 


Mike served three terms as a Presidential appointee of the Department of Justice. Immediately after graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, he traveled east to work for Attorney General Ed Meese as a speechwriter and press aide. 

In 2004, Mike joined the Bush Administration as Director of the Police Corps, and later as Chief of Staff at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), where he focused on the Attorney General's gang reduction efforts. He left OJP in 2006 to become Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Mike has also worked for two Virginia Governors. He was appointed by George Allen to serve as a Special Assistant, working primarily in the office of the Secretary of Natural Resources. Governor, Jim Gilmore appointed Mike to run Virginia Exile, the Administration's statewide gun violence reduction effort, which resulted in a decrease in homicides of over 50%. Then Presidential Candidate George W. Bush recognized his program's success and later adopted it as his signature federal crime reduction program known as Project Safe Neighborhoods

When asked about joining the IJIS Institute, Mike said, "Throughout my career, I have come to know the important role that IJIS plays in the criminal justice and public safety realm. I Have great respect for the organizations mission and its leadership and am very much looking forward to working intimately with our dedicated professionals in both the public and private sector to address the critical needs of our constituents across our multiple domains of focus." Executive Director of the IJIS Institute, Maria Cardiellos stated "I couldn't be more excited for Mike joining the IJIS family in this critical role. His years of valuable public sector experience on the federal and state levels bring a unique perspective that will ensure enhanced collaboration and partnerships with IJIS industry members. Our community looks forward to supporting our constituents in justice, homeland security, health and human services, and many other domains in the success of their critical missions".