David Brickley is president and CEO of the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance. Under his leadership as the Director of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation from 1998 to 2002, Virginia was awarded the national gold medal award for the “Best managed state park system in America.” Mr. Brickley previously was an elected member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1976 through 1998. He was the legislative sponsor, co-founder and chairman of the Virginia Railway Express; Virginia’s commuter rail system, and authored legislation creating Leesylvania State Park. David has also served as an officer and trustee of the East Coast Greenway Alliance, and as the Virginia State Committee Chair. He has served on numerous conservation and trail organizations. Additionally, David personally purchased a 16-mile abandoned railroad corridor in King George County, Virginia to protect it from being lost to development. As President of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail Alliance, his goal is working with other volunteers to make this rails-to-trails project a part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. The Rails-To-Trails Conservancy named David as one of their top 25 Rail-Trail Champions.
David is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and the George Mason University School of Law. He previously served in the United States Air Force with a tour of duty in Vietnam where he received the Bronze Star., and later was the desk officer for the Arabian Peninsula with the Defense Intelligence Agency. When not advocating for trails or practicing law, David is an active hiker and national speaker on trail and conservation issues. He and his wife, Lori, reside in Woodbridge, Virginia and have three children and four grandchildren.