Our Team | Associates

Macarena Rau Vargas

Macarena Rau Vargas is an international authority on CPTED and has appeared on TED Talks describing her story working in gang ridden favelas. She is a Chilean-born architect and the Vice Chair of the International CPTED Association. Macarena heads the Latin American chapter of the ICA and has consulted in CPTED for the World Bank and advised national governments. She is executive director of the South American International Safety Fair and Director of the firm PBK Consulting, a leading CPTED firm in Latin America.


Anna Brassard:

Anna Brassard

Anna Brassard is a full-member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Registered Professional Planner with the Alberta Professional Planning Institute. She has 14 years experience in the fields of strategic planning, SafeGrowth®, crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), facilitation, facility planning, master planning and comprehensive community planning with First Nation communities. She spent 5 years as an Adjunct Assistant professor with the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary supervising Master’s level theses and teaching graduate level students courses in facilitation and building safe communities. This included developing a new joint initiative – “People and Place” - between the faculties of Social Work and Environmental Design. She has conducted workshops across North America on SafeGrowth® to police, design professionals and community members.


Tarah Hodgkinson:

Tarah Hodgkinson:

Tarah Hodgkinson is a certified SafeGrowth® practitioner and a PhD candidate in criminology at Simon Fraser University. She holds undergraduate and master's degree in sociology from Queen's University, Kingston. Her areas of research include crime prevention, policing, collective violence, methodology and statistics, auto-theft, gangs, crime-mapping, and victimology. Her doctoral research focuses on the need for community leadership in partnerships with the police. She has co-taught SafeGrowth® in Newark and Paterson, New Jersey and Saskatoon, Saskatachewan. She is a member of the International CPTED Association as well as the World Society of Victimology and the American Society of Criminology.


Cindy Granard

Cindy Granard is a CPTED and SafeGrowth consultant to AlterNation LLC. She has been a police officer for 28 years with police departments in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Redmond, WA. She has worked in anti-crime teams, general patrol, undercover, domestic violence, community response teams, communications and evidence. She and has won numerous local and national awards for her prevention and community safety work including Working Against Domestic Violence Award, the Seattle Police Department Foundation’s Innovation Award, and the national LISC/MetLife Community Policing Partnership Award.

Mateja Mihinjac:

Mateja Mihinjac

Mateja is a criminologist and researcher in the graduate program at Griffith University, Australia currently completing doctoral research into the implementation of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED). Mateja is certified in SafeGrowth® program and has co-taught SafeGrowth® workshops in Australia and New Zealand. She has studied criminal justice issues in Europe and Australia for the past 7 years. She worked in the Constitutional Court in Slovenia and has extensive computer and analytical skills including database management and geographic systems. She is an active member of the International CPTED Association.


John Lyons

John spent a number of years as fraud investigator with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and as international crime analyst with Interpol Ottawa. He has extensive experience in identifying, preventing and mitigating insurance fraud in both the private property and casualty insurance industry and with public health insurance systems. He is author of a forthcoming book on the role that identity documents play in fraud. With an academic background in art history, he is also a specialist in art fraud. While assigned to Interpol from the RCMP he established a Canadian art theft repository, consulted law enforcement and insurance agencies on complex investigations, and assisted museums with crime risk assessments. He specializes in search conferencing as a means to establish collaborative networks for capacity building within organizations.


Bradley Vassallo:

Bradley Vassallo

Brad is a certified SafeGrowth® Advocate who operates from Philadelphia. He has a diverse background in youth development, placemaking and project management that help neighborhoods envision change and leverage existing community assets. Drawing on a depth of experience in the nonprofit sector, Brad practices the SafeGrowth® philosophy of engaging communities in adopting participatory change where community residents take the lead.

He has a B.S. in Community Development from Temple University. He is 2015 recipient of a Knight Foundation Emerging City Champions Fellowship in which shipping containers were developed as venues to sell products or services from aspiring local entrepreneurs.


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