Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security

Who We Are

Pittsburgh Task Force on Public Algorithms Members

David Hickton – Founding Director, Pitt Cyber, University of Pittsburgh; former US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania (chair) 

Rachel Berger – Chief, Child Advocacy Center, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh; Director, Child Abuse Research, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, University of Pittsburgh; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 

Esther Bush – President, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh  

Alexandra Chouldechova – Assistant Professor of Statistics and Public Policy, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University 

David Danks – Department Head & L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, Department of Philosophy, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University 

Christopher Deluzio – Policy Director, Pitt Cyber, University of Pittsburgh 

Ángel Díaz – Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice 

Courtney Ehrlichman – CEO, The Ehrlichman Group 

Rosta Farzan – Associate Professor, School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh  

Sara Goodkind – Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Department of Sociology, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh 

Ellen Goodman – Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law 

David Harris – Sally Ann Semenko Endowed Chair, Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law 

Yu-Ru Lin – Associate Professor, School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh 

Sharon McDaniel – Founder, President, and CEO, A Second Chance 

Michelle McMurray – Director of Grantmaking, Children, Youth and Families, The Pittsburgh Foundation 

Mark A. Nordenberg – Chair of the Institute of Politics, University of Pittsburgh; Chancellor Emeritus of the University; Distinguished Service Professor of Law 

Beth Schwanke – Executive Director, Pitt Cyber, University of Pittsburgh 

LaTrenda Sherrill – Lead Consultant, Common Cause Consultants; former Deputy Chief (Education), Office of the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh 

Michael Skirpan – Executive Director, Community Forge; Special Faculty, Department of Philosophy, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University 

Nyssa Taylor – Criminal Justice Policy Counsel, ACLU of Pennsylvania 

Fred Thieman – Henry Buhl, Jr. Chair for Civic Leadership, Buhl Foundation; Chair, CCAC Board of Trustees; former US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania  

John Wallace – David E. Epperson Chair and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh; Senior Pastor, Bible Center Church 

Task Force members are serving in their individual capacity.

Government Advisory Panel

The task force is served by an advisory panel composed of designees from Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh.   

Erin Dalton – Deputy Director, Office of Analytics, Technology, and Planning, Allegheny County Department of Human Services 

T. Matthew Dugan – Chief Public Defender, Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender

Joanne Foerster – Director of Performance and Analytics, Allegheny County 

Heath Johnson – Manager, Crime Analysis, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police 

Laura Meixell – Enterprise Data Architect, Allegheny County Department of Human Services 

Shatara Murphy – Assistant Director, Community Affairs, Department of Public Safety, City of Pittsburgh 

James O'Toole – Senior Data Engineer, Department of Innovation and Performance, City of Pittsburgh