Colleen Clark-Bernhardt

Submitted by admin on Tue, 03/22/2022 - 07:22

Colleen Clark-Bernhardt, Manager of the Division of Policy and Practice Innovation; 

Coordinator, Dane County Criminal Justice Council (


Ms. Clark-Bernhardt is Manager of Policy and Practice Innovation for the Dane County, Wisconsin Board of Supervisors.  Additionally, she coordinates the Dane County Criminal Justice Council. In these roles, she serves as a catalyst for innovation in criminal justice reform and equity throughout county operations.  She serves as coordinator, consultant, or member on: Dane County Criminal Justice Council, Pretrial Reform Subcommittee, Racial Disparities Sub-Committee, the Dane County Community Restorative Court Advisory Board.  Nationally, she is the Dane County lead for the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge, Arnold Ventures, Access to Justice at Harvard University, and NACO’s Data Driven Justice.


Ms. Clark-Bernhardt is the past co-leader of the Racial Equity and Social Justice Team (RESJ) within Dane County.  Additionally, she served as a liaison to the Government Alliance on Racial Equity (GARE).


Dane County has been developing strategies to improve racial equity and criminal justice in county policy since 2008.  Ms. Clark-Bernhardt has been integral to policy research as well as strategic partnerships and engagement in this area.