Brian Buchner is the City Homelessness Coordinator for the City of Los Angeles where he oversees nearly $1 billion in federal, state, and local funding and leads implementation of the city’s major homelessness initiatives. He has directed city-wide policing and homelessness policy and worked closely with the Mayor, Police Commission and its Inspector General, the LAPD, and the public on many important reforms. Brian is also an expert in police oversight and policy, having served for oversight agencies and advised local, state, national, and international government entities regarding police accountability. He has been invited to testify before numerous task forces and blue-ribbon commissions, including President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Brian has helped to establish civilian oversight agencies across the U.S. and has published numerous articles and reports on police accountability, including an assessment of policing across the University of California system. He also co-led and co-authored the nation’s most comprehensive national survey of police oversight agencies.
Brian serves on the board of Ride On, a nonprofit organization that provides equine-related therapeutic services for children and adults with disabilities. He also serves as a senior fellow with the NYU School of Law’s Policing Project, a senior fellow with the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and is an advisor to the American Law Institute’s Policing Project.
He is a past president of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), the nation’s largest civilian oversight organization, and he served as a commissioner on the Santa Monica Social Services Commission.
Brian earned a BS in criminal justice from Bowling Green State University and an MA in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He also earned a certificate from the USC Safe Communities Institute’s Public Safety Leadership program.