A Dialogue on Disparities in Criminal Justice and Incarceration


Noble Wray
Former Madison Police Chief

Noble Wray retired from the Madison Police Department after more than 30 years of service. He was promoted through the ranks and was appointed Chief of Police of the City of Madison in 2004. Before becoming Chief, Noble received Life Saving and Outstanding Service Awards as a member of the Madison Police Department. Noble has also excelled as a nationally recognized consultant for law enforcement organizations, such as the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and the Police Foundation in the areas of problem solving, community policing and trust-based policing. He has served on staff at the Police Leadership Institute at the University of Lowell Massachusetts for a course he developed for police managers called “Problem Solving Lessons Learned.” Noble continues to be a national presenter on these topics. In 2011 Noble was asked to present on these topics by the International Conference on Innovative Solutions for Law Enforcement and US Department of Justice’s COPS Office annual conference. He is also a certified trainer/consultant for both Steven Covey and COPS Office Fair and Impartial Policing. He also served as Interim CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison. Noble has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a graduate of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Executive Leadership Course for future police leaders.


Anthony Cooper
Executive Director, Focused Interruption Coalition

Anthony Cooper is Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Reentry Services for Nehemiah Center for Urban Development, where he assists people transition from incarceration to life in the community. He is also a founder and  Executive Director of The Focussed Interruption Coalition, which provides mentorship and gun violence prevention as well as crisis intervention services in the critical hours after an incident of gun violence.