Carol V. Petrie is retired after a 40- year career in criminal justice research, statistics, and public policy. She was Director of Planning and Policy at the National Institute of Justice for 30 years, and staff director of the Committee on Law and Justice at the National Research Council from 1997-2009. She has raised or distributed funds to support projects that examined violent crime, the development of criminal behavior, policy on illegal drugs, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, transnational crime, and improving the operations of the criminal justice system.
She currently serves on the boards of Development Services Group, Inc., a social science research firm in Bethesda, and the Zenith Community Arts Foundation (ZCAF). Previously she served on the board of the Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. She volunteers at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, and sings in a symphonic Chorus in McClean VA.