Merrick Bobb is the President and founding Executive Director of PARC. A lawyer, he was the first person to occupy the role of police monitor and has become a nationally recognized expert on police oversight and reform. Merrick has monitored the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for nearly 20 years and has consulted with jurisdictions around the country and with the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Bobb was recently appointed by the United States District Court to monitor the Seattle Police Department pursuant to a consent decree between the City of Seattle and U.S. Department of Justice.
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Matthew Barge has been PARC's Deputy Director since 2013. He previously was a Research Analyst at PARC from 2006 through 2009. A lawyer, Matthew holds a J.D. from N.Y.U., where he served as Executive Editor of the Journal of Legislation & Public Policy. Before re-joining PARC, he worked was a litigator at the law firms of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan. Matthew graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University in 2004 with a B.A. in Government.
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Nick Armstrong joined PARC in 2012 as a Research Associate before becoming the Chief of Staff later that year. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs. Prior to PARC, Nick worked in the Chancellor’s Office for the Oregon University System as a Policy Analyst examining various policies and regulations related to distance education programs. Nick also has experience in political advocacy for civil rights, economic justice, and the environment in California and Washington State.
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Chris Moulton, Director of Research, joined PARC in 2012 as a Research Associate. He holds a Master’s in Public Policy from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. from UC Berkeley in Political Science and Philosophy. Before joining PARC, Mr. Moulton worked for the Legal Aid Association of California as a Program Associate and as an Office Manager with the Legal Community Against Violence. Chris has also worked for Housing and Urban Development of LA on transit-oriented development and with the Data Center concerning low-income workers in various food-related industries across the US.
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Melissa Tobin joined PARC in December of 2012. She holds an Associate’s Degree from Los Angeles Valley College. Melissa worked in finance in her previous rolls supporting Executives at Goldman Sachs and Quandary Concepts. She has made a career of succeeding in busy office environments by working at a rapid pace with a high attention to detail. She now supports PARC staff with phone reception, scheduling, bookkeeping, and other important office duties.
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