Alana Forrest

Investigations, Policy & Leadership Development

Alana Forrest is an experienced law enforcement and corporate security professional. During her 29-year career in law enforcement, she led all facets of operations and administrative functions in two police agencies, Palo Alto and Los Gatos/Monte Sereno. Ms. Forrest is passionate about organizational and personal development, coaching, mentoring, and training. In 2006, she co-founded the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Symposium in partnership with the California Police Chiefs Association, which is now attended by multiple law enforcement professionals with a national following.

Ms. Forrest retired from public service in 2012 to pursue leadership roles in corporate security. She has been Director of Corporate Security for Security Industry Specialists, Pixar Animation Studios, Oracle, and Intuit. Ms. Forrest provided global managerial expertise and leadership in:

  • Strategic planning
  • Global operations
  • Training
  • Protective Intelligence
  • Risk assessments
  • Crisis management
  • Workplace violence
  • Environmental health and safety
  • Technology systems and software
  • Investigations
  • Organizational development
  • Alana earned a Master of Arts (MA) in Education from San Jose State University, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice from California State East Bay and holds a California Private Investigator’s License. She is a graduate of several outstanding leadership programs, including the LAPD Leadership, FBI National Academy, and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University.  Based on a strong value of volunteerism, Alana has served in executive positions for four non-profit boards, Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos, YWCA Silicon Valley, and ASIS International, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and currently serves as Vice President of the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Foundation.