Alex Busansky began his career as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in 1987. During his twelve years at the district attorney’s office, he handled homicides, serious domestic violence and other family violence, and sex abuse cases. In 1998, Alex left New York City to work for the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC where he became a trial attorney in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division. While at DOJ, he investigated and prosecuted cases across the nation involving excessive use of force by federal, state, and local law enforcement and corrections officers and racial and religious hate crimes. In 2002, he served as counsel to Senator Russ Feingold on the US Senate Judiciary Committee. In that role, he worked on a broad range of juvenile justice, criminal justice, and homeland security issues including developing strategies to address the USA PATRIOT Act, drafting legislation concerning the use of excessive force by US Customs agents, and developing the Anti-Gang Act. In 2004, Alex joined the Vera Institute of Justice as executive director of the Commission on Safety and Abuse for America’s Prisons. He was the founding director of the Washington, DC, office, where he led Vera’s work on numerous national and local initiatives including the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. Alex also served as an adjunct professor at American University School of Law, co-teaching the Prosecution Seminar.
In 2010, Alex joined the National Council on Crime & Delinquency as President. During his tenure, Alex led NCCD to become a leading organization working at the forefront of criminal justice innovations. He and his team built several groundbreaking initiatives including the Restorative Justice Project, the PREA Resource Center, the Media for a Just Society Awards and the Pay for Success initiative. He also expanded the reach of NCCD to include the launch of a Washington, DC office. In 2011 he served as a member of the Los Angeles County Commission on Jail Violence. Alex earned his Juris Doctor at the Georgetown University Law Center and received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and four children.