Hugh Higgins is the Chief Financial Officer at the Empire Justice Center, a statewide, multi-issue, multi-strategy public interest law firm focused on changing the “systems” within which poor and low income families live. He has spent the last 12 years working in the not for profit arena in Rochester at Empire Justice, the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and at the University of Rochester. Hugh received his MBA from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, and his BA in Economics and Commerce from the Royal Military College of Canada. Hugh studies Kokikai Aikido, a traditional Japanese martial art that emphasizes mind-body coordination and de-escalation of conflict. Hugh grew up in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and now resides in Penfield, NY with his wife and daughter.