Educator | Speaker | Consultant
Kenya Tyson, JD is a nationally recognized criminal justice practitioner and higher education executive, with expertise in the fields of student success; restorative justice and crime prevention; and race, crime, and inequality. She is also the founder of K. Tyson & Associates, LLC., a boutique consulting firm offering training and consulting expertise in the practice areas of criminal justice and higher education.
Based in the New York metropolitan area, Kenya is the Assistant Provost of Academic Affairs and University Curriculum at The New School. Prior to working at The New School, she served as the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Student Services at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, School of Criminal Justice. She was also appointed to the position of Director of Training and Technical Assistance for Project Safe Neighborhoods, the US Department of Justice’s anti-gang initiative and has consulted on several DOJ projects, working with jurisdictions across the nation on crime prevention and procedural justice initiatives. She has worked with universities and human rights organizations around the globe, facilitating trainings and presentations on crime prevention and pre-trial services, and has served in an advisory capacity for several professional organizations.
Kenya’s extensive service includes work with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, NJ LEEP (Law and Education Empowerment Project), International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR), and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Garden State Bar Association and the Community Justice Advisory Board for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Kenya has received recognition and awards in honor of her service to the community and profession. In 2016, she was recognized by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives in appreciation of her support to the Citizens of New Jersey. Kenya is also a 2017 fellow of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation. In 2019, Kenya was recognized by the National Gang Crime Research Center as a recipient of the prestigious Frederick Milton Thrasher Award for her scholarship on gang courts and Diverse Lawyer of the Year by the New Jersey Law Journal.