Ms. Dalferes has been involved in public policy and systems reform, especially in the juvenile and criminal justice fields, for over twenty years. Currently, she is a Principal Partner with Dalferes Enterprises, Inc., a project management and public policy consulting firm that she owns with her husband, Greg. Kim’s passion for public service includes experience in juvenile and criminal justice planning, systems reform, crime prevention, government relations, resource development, grant writing and management, coalition building, and addressing girls and delinquency. Her publications include Mobilizing the Nation to Prevent Crime, Violence and Drug Abuse (CPCA annual report, NCPC, 2005 and 2006), Prevention Can Be a Priority in the Midst of Fiscal Calamity (Topics in Crime Prevention series, NCPC, September 2003) and What About Girls? (with Ellen Shields-Fletcher, OJJDP Fact Sheet #84, September 1998).
Ms. Dalferes began her career while in college when Florida Governor Bob Graham appointed her to Florida’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) State Advisory Group (SAG). Kim served as a member of the SAG while in graduate school at Florida State University where she earned her Masters degree in Criminology in 1987. For six years she served as the Juvenile Justice Specialist for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice where she was responsible for oversight and implementation of the provisions of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, grants administration program/service development, legislative liaison, and training and technical assistance. While in Tallahassee, Kim also worked as a criminology adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College.
In 1995, Ms. Dalferes left the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice to travel to Washington, DC and joined the State Relations and Assistance Division (SRAD) of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Kim worked as the Region Chief for SRAD’s Midwest and Northeast regions until her promotion to Director of OJJDP’s Concentration of Federal Efforts (CFE) Program. As the Director of the CFE Program, Kim facilitated the coordination of juvenile justice activities across Federal agencies. In this capacity she also directed the work of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, an eighteen member Council chaired by the Attorney General and consisting of representatives from nine Federal agencies and nine practitioner members.
In 2001 Ms. Dalferes was hired by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) to serve as the Director of the Embedding Prevention in State Policy and Practice initiative, was appointed national director of the Crime Prevention Coalition of America (CPCA) in January 2004, and became managing director of NCPC’s Constituency Services division in March 2006. Kim’s work as Managing Director included her continuing to serve as the CPCA National Director and to supervise staff with responsibilities for CPCA, and to also manage NCPC’s government relations, training, and conferencing (including the National Conference on Preventing Crime, the premiere national crime prevention conference event). Kim’s duties included budget and contractual negotiations, congressional and federal agency activities (including appropriations requests), federal legislation tracking, policy review, and representing NCPC for various external relationships. Examples include serving on the Board of Directors for National Safe Place® and as the team lead for NCPC’s National Watch Groups Summit, where she was responsible for coordinating the team of federal agencies, non-profits, and other organizations that developed and executed the National Watch Groups Summit (conducted in May 2007 in partnership with US Departments of Justice and Homeland Security).