Hickey named Big Brothers president and CEO
Hickey, 43, is the founder and executive director of Community Law In Action, a nonprofit organization in Baltimore that operates law-related academic programs at five local high schools, a model worksite mentoring program, and advocacy-oriented programs at local community centers, juvenile detention facilities and the Baltimore City Detention Center.
Hickey, whose first day on the job is Jan. 14, plans to develop more innovative ways to recruit and train mentors with the aim of connecting them with the hardest to reach young people in the region. The organization hopes to triple the number of youngsters it will work with in the years ahead.
An expert in the field of youth advocacy and governance and an outspoken champion for youth voice, Hickey founded CLIA in 1997, which today serves more than 1,000 youth annually. In 2005, Hickey led the team that created the first Innovation School in Baltimore – the Baltimore Freedom Academy- through a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
A graduate of the University of Rochester and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Hickey is an adjunct professor at the School of Law and also the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He also serves on several local and regional boards and commissions, including the United Way’s Youth Impact Council and the Mayor’s Workforce Investment Board Youth Council.