John Donohue

Network Contagion Research Institute


John is the Chief Operating Officer for the NCRI, a NJ nonprofit that is the foremost organization in identifying and forecasting the threat and spread of inauthentic information across the cyber-social domain. He began this position after serving for thirty-two years with the New York City Police Department. At the NYPD, John held every rank from cop to chief, concluding his career as the three-star Chief of Strategic Initiatives. He is an appointed Fellow at Rutgers University, Center on Policing.

As a police executive, John led teams to identify solutions to effectiveness and efficiency in policing, prosecutions, school safety and intelligence. He has worked closely with industry and government to enhance cyber intelligence, develop protective security technologies, promote information security and sharing policies, manage risk in law enforcement, and improve citizen-police interactions through technologies. As the principal policy advisor in the NYPD he directed academic studies, managed sensitive due diligence and complex investigations and implemented innovative approaches to public safety. He developed the NYPD cyber intelligence center of excellence. Additionally, John wrote the first policy guide for police-intelligence operations and was the innovator of the Cyber Intelligence and Counterterrorism conference held annually since 2015.

He served on interagency working groups at the federal, state and local level. He has testified before congress and at the state and local levels. His expertise carries over to issues concerning intelligence, information sharing and data protection, law enforcement training, and national security background investigations. John served on the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Advisory Policy Board from 2008 to 2018 and was the Chairperson from 2016 to 2018. John holds an M.B.A. and a J.D. and is a licensed attorney in New York.


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