Alana Forrest

Investigations, Policy & Leadership Development

Alana Forrest is an experienced professional in both law enforcement and corporate security professions. 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 has a passion for organizational and personal development, coaching, mentoring, and training. She co-founded the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Symposium as a partnership with the California Police Chiefs Association in 2006 and 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 served as 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 Cal 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, SF Bay Area Chapter, and currently serves as President of the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Foundation.