Independent Police Review Director Constantin Severe was born in Brooklyn, NY, and is the son of Haitian immigrants. He graduated from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, with a B.S. in Political Economy. Constantin received his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2002. Prior to working for the City, he was a criminal defense attorney in the major felonies unit at Metropolitan Public Defender’s office in Portland. He has worked for IPR since 2008 and became Director in June 2013.
Constantin has played a pivotal role in reforming Portland's police oversight structure, leading efforts to increase IPR's independence and investigative resources.
Constantin is an avid cyclist and music fan. His dream concert would be Ted Leo opening for a double bill of The Clash and The Jam.
IPR Assistant Director Anika Bent-Albert was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, to parents who had emigrated from Jamaica. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Political Science in 1999, and received her Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law in 2002. After graduating law school, Anika was a Staff Attorney for the New York City Administration for Children's Services. For a time, she then pursued her interest in the media and it's intersection with the law as an Associate Producer for Court TV, now Tru TV. Returning to legal practice, Anika worked in the Government Contracts department of the engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff. Most recently, prior to her current role at IPR, she was Assistant General Counsel for the New York City Department of Correction.
Anika enjoys traveling, indie music and spending time with her husband, two young daughters and their rescue dog, Rose.
Assistant Program Manager
Assistant Program Manager Rachel Mortimer was born in Seattle, Washington and first moved to Portland after graduating from high school. She then left to go to school at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana where she majored in history and minored in religion. After college, she lived in Washington DC and Chicago before deciding it was time to return to the Pacific Northwest to attend law school. She graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2004 and passed the bar that summer. She spent the next year as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Maureen McKnight, a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge. Following that, she spent a year as the Assistant Director at the Campaign for Equal Justice, working on behalf of legal aid organizations in Oregon. She then went to work for a small law firm on a public defense contract doing juvenile law, including both child welfare and delinquency cases. She practiced juvenile law for five years before joining IPR in February 2012.
Eric Berry was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, but has lived in many parts of the western United States, including Montana, California, Washington, and Oregon. He attended Colby College, and the University of Washington. He has well over a decade of investigations experience, including time as a defense investigator for the King County public defense system, an abuse and neglect investigator for the Oregon Department of Human Services, and as an investigator for the Oregon Medical Board. He also does a pretty credible Johnny Cash impersonation.
Andrea Damewood is a Complaint Investigator with the IPR and was born in Eugene. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, and worked in the newspaper field for a decade. Prior to coming to IPR, Andrea was a Senior Investigator with the Civil Rights Division at the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. Andrea is the best person to ask about Portland restaurants, and also enjoys reading, hiking, witty repartee, space stuff and cats.