Detective Kim Bogucki, NYU Marron Fellow and co-founder of The IF Project, has more than 33 years of experience with the Seattle Police Department, focusing primarily in fostering community outreach and connectivity. Her self motivated focus led her to establish and develop nationally replicated programs; “The Donut Dialogues” and “The West Side Story” were formed to affect change for the youth and homeless members of the community. These are examples of Kim’s innovative and successful approach to reducing cycles of crime and recidivism.
Her current role is leading the work of “The IF Project”, a unique partnership with inmates at Washington Department of Corrections facilities. The introspective writing and presentations include inmate participation, both during their incarceration and after their release and re-entry. The focus of this project is to understand the stories and pathways to incarceration in order to learn from them, to educate and make change. She has received numerous awards for her work, including: The Red Cross Heroes Award, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Seattle Storm’s Women that Inspire Award, the Center for Children’s Youth and Justice President’s Award, the Seattle Police Foundation Excellence Award, the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Community Award, Department of Corrections Volunteer of the Year at Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW), the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) Community Leader Award, FC Seattle Reign Legends Award and Washington State Mentors Association Unsung Heroes Award.
The Department of Corrections has enlisted Detective Bogucki’s assistance with their gender responsive initiative. She has served as Officer Liaison to the LGBTQ Advisory Council and to the East African Advisory Council. In addition, she served as a member of the board of directors of the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), Correctional Industries Advisory Council and the Governors Homeless Youth Council. Currently she is appointed to the Governors Re-entry Council. Kim is also a Fellow with NYU at the Marron Institute of Urban Management.