FBI and Ridgway Center conclude another year of successful partnership

April 11, 2023
"FBI-Ridgway working group holds their diplomas"

The FBI-Ridgway working group made their final presentation of the year to the Pittsburgh Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They also presented the Bureau with a written brief. 

In attendance were Michael Nordwall, Special Agent in Charge of the Pittsburgh Division; Supervisory Intelligence Analyst John Pulcastro; Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Shannon Kimack (MPIA ‘08); and numerous intelligence analysts from the Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Buffalo Divisions of the Bureau. Also in attendance from GSPIA was Ridgway Center Director Michael Kenney.  

Led by Matthew Bauer (MPIA ‘23) and graduate research assistant Raegan Gawronski, and their student team have been working on this project throughout the academic year. Students Brenna Ansbro, Aakriti Bikash, Dan O’Malley, Nate Schoonover, Hannah Winslow, and Allison Zolkiewicz, presented their research and answered questions on violent crime trends in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo to a roomful of professional intelligence and crime analysts.  

Since 2015, the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies and the FBI’s Pittsburgh Division continued partnership remains a valuable way for GSPIA students to learn from participating in the FBI working group, including how to research, write, and deliver professional-quality intelligence briefs.