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.