Monica Ayala-Talavera has focused her career on working towards data-driven solutions to real-world crime and violence problems, focusing on homicide deterrence and reduction as well as law enforcement practices in Mexico. She has tackled these issues from many different perspectives - from working for think tanks in the developing world to covering these topics as a journalist. Her areas of expertise are geospatial crime analysis, social crime prevention, police security strategy, applied investigation and public policy evaluation methods. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development from Lund University in Sweden where she specialized in spatial crime analysis methods, and she graduated from the University of Missouri in the U.S. where she obtained a Convergence Journalism Bachelor’s degree with a minor in Political Science. She is from Chihuahua, Mexico and grew up in the Metro Detroit Area. Monica is pursuing a Master’s in Latin American Studies to continue tackling the vast and complex insecurity crises facing Mexico and many other Latin American countries. Ultimately, Monica plans to pursue a law degree.