Khadija T. Diggs, Esquire
A native of Pittsburgh, Khadija T. Diggs, Esq., received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, with honors, from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and earned her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. Ms. Diggs has worked in various facets of the criminal justice system. She began her legal career with the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender and moved to the position of Assistant City Solicitor in the City of Pittsburgh Law Department, during which time she also served as the Acting Police Legal Advisor for the City of Pittsburgh Police Department. Ms. Diggs was the Project Coordinator for the implementation phase of YouthWorks’ "BluePrint" a very successful and innovative juvenile offender reentry demonstration project in Pittsburgh with a $3 million-dollar budget funded by the Federal Department of Labor. Her legal career continued to advance as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Western District of Pennsylvania and then as a Deputy Public Defender in Allegheny County. Beginning in 2005, until her appointment to the Board, Ms. Diggs served as a member of the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness and chaired the Criminal Justice Committee, which among other matters, has had initiatives focused on: the death penalty in Pennsylvania, overhauling the public defender system in Pennsylvania, reviewing the sentencing and re-sentencing of life without parole for juveniles, automating expungement of juvenile delinquency records, expanding “ban the box,” and student loan forgiveness for public interest attorneys. After a brief solo practice, Ms. Diggs became the Deputy Director for the Southwest Regional Office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. Leading up to her appointment as a Parole Board Member, Ms. Diggs was an Assistant Counsel in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel, with a focus on Corrections, Probation and Parole. After her nomination by Governor Wolf to become a Parole Board Member, Ms. Diggs was unanimously confirmed by the State Senate on May 13, 2020, to serve a six-year term.
Leo L. Dunn, Esquire
Mr. Dunn received a J.D. cum laude from Widener University School of Law Harrisburg in 2007 and three B.S. degrees from Penn State University in 1987. Mr. Dunn had a solo law practice and was an Adjunct Professor of Law. Mr. Dunn has served the citizens of the Commonwealth for over 29 years. Mr. Dunn is passionate about making state government work more effectively for the citizens of the Commonwealth. He has served as a member of the Juvenile Act Advisory Committee, the Homeless Program Coordination Committee, the Mental Health Justice Advisory Committee at the Commission for Crime and Delinquency, as chair of the GLBT Rights and Corrections System Committees and as a Council Member for the Solo and Small Firm Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He was appointed Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the Board of Probation and Parole in 2012 after working nine years as the assistant director. Prior to working for the Board of Probation and Parole, Mr. Dunn spent 15 years with the Department of Agriculture serving in various roles. He was instrumental in the original development of the PA Preferred Program. He grew up on a family dairy farm in northern Pennsylvania. Mr. Dunn was confirmed by the Senate as a Board Member on December 9, 2015 for a partial (3 year) term and became Board Chairman on March 15, 2016. One of his main focuses has been improving the supervision and support network for mentally ill offenders being paroled. He has also led the agency from relying on paper files to becoming a leader in the use of electronics to reduce costs and expedite processes. Mr. Dunn was re-appointed in September 2018 and confirmed to a full six-year term on October 17 by the state Senate. This new term expires on October 17, 2024. He served as Chairman until February 5, 2019.
Theodore W. Johnson
Mr. Johnson is a native of Erie and now resides in Pittsburgh. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Johnson served as the Deputy Director at THE PROGRAM for Offenders, Inc., which is a nonprofit organization that specializes in community corrections and offers residential alternatives to incarceration, drug and alcohol treatment, and a wide range of support services to male and female offenders and their families in Allegheny County. In 2011, Mr. Johnson retired as Chief Probation Officer for the U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania. He worked in Federal Pretrial and Probation services for 23 years. Before that, he worked seven years for Allegheny County's Probation services and two years for Erie County's Probation services. During his time with the Court, Johnson merged probation and pretrial services and received the Director's Award for Leadership, a national award given to a director or manager of a federal court office, in 2009. He initiated a workforce development program designed to help people on probation find and keep jobs. Johnson was the first federal Chief to hire an ex-offender to run the reentry program. Johnson holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work from Edinboro University and a master’s in leadership from Carlow University. Johnson is a member of MADDADS, NOBLE and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. On June 15, 2016, Mr. Johnson was confirmed by the Senate. He was appointed by Governor Wolf to serve as Chairman on February 6, 2019.