Trust Leadership


David Hickton

Professor David Hickton

Managing Trustee

  • Professor Hickton is the founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security and a professor of law at Pitt teaching Cyber Law, Policy, and Security, Federal Hate Crimes, and Police Misconduct.
  • Professor Hickton was Staff Director, House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis from May 2020 to June 2021.
  • Professor Hickton served as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania from August 2010 to November 2016. During his time as U.S. Attorney, Professor Hickton was the DOJ Leader on the Opioid Epidemic, where he co-chaired the National Heroin Task Force and formed the U.S. Attorney’s Working Group on Addiction, Intervention, Treatment, and Recovery.
  • For almost 30 years, Professor Hickton had a national litigation practice focusing on transportation, commercial litigation, construction, and white collar crime. Professor Hickton is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court.
  • He started his legal career as a law clerk to The Honorable Gustave Diamond, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania from June 1981 to June 1983.

Judge Gerald Bruce Lee

Judge Gerald Bruce Lee

Trustee

  • Judge Lee, United States District Judge (Ret.), works as a certified Mediator with the McCammon Group, specializing in resolving complex legal disputes.
  • He was a trial judge for twenty-five years, nineteen years in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and six and one-half years in the Fairfax Circuit Court. Judge Lee has presided over complex product liability, wrongful death and personal injury, civil rights, employment law, and commercial cases. In the Eastern District of Virginia-Alexandria Division, he presided over several high-profile cases involving terrorism, espionage, federal death penalty, labor and employment, and intellectual property cases.
  • Judge Lee’s board experience includes membership on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and current service on the Board of Trustees of The American University.
  • For almost 30 years Judge Lee has led a program for boys aged 10-16 to learn about law enforcement and legal careers.

Dr. Megan Ranney

Dr. Megan Ranney

Trustee

  • Dr. Ranney is the Academic Dean for the School of Public Health at Brown University, as well as founding Director of the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health.
  • Dr. Ranney is a practicing emergency physician, professor of emergency medicine, researcher, and advocate for innovative approaches to health. Her work focuses on the intersection between digital health, violence prevention, and population health
  • Dr. Ranney is also co-founder and Strategic Advisor to the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine, which creates practical, scalable, and immediate health-based solutions to reduce all forms of firearm-related injuries in the United States, and a founder and president of the board of GetUsPPE.org, dedicated to matching donors to health systems in need of protective equipment. She is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Aspen Health Innovators Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.