Azalea Assaf has more than 17 years of experience in government, higher education, and as a consultant.Her main areas of expertise include intergovernmental relations, workplace policy development,language instruction, curriculum development and implementation, cultural awareness trainings,minority leadership, public safety and international cross-cultural and dispute resolution consulting.Her greatest strength is her ability to understand cross cultural differencesand to be a bridge or liaisonbetween minority and majority groups and in particular the Latino and other communities.
Born in Chicago, Azalea lived in Costa Rica from 1983 to 2001, where she earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Universidad Autónoma de Centro América in San José. She was also studying criminal and international law at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, in Argentina, before working as a criminal law attorney, language instructor, and television host.Since returning to the States, Azalea has focused on education, public policy and safety, criminal law, legal interpretation, and community outreach and organization. She served as Chair of the Hispanic Task Force of a Peace in Our Homes: A Call to End Domestic Abuse in Central Indiana, a multi-agency family violence community-wide plan to coordinate and strengthen community resources and services that prevent, intervene, respond and support the ending of domestic abuse. She served on the Board of Badges without Borders, and previously worked with the Indiana Governor's Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs, the Mayor of Indianapolis Commission on Latino Affairs, the Latino Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Marion County Prosecutor's Office.Azalea is currently finishing the Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program at Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis with an emphasis on international and comparative law. She is also becoming qualified as a civil mediator under Indiana A.D.R. Rule 25.