Pandemic Preparedness with Rick A. Bright, PhD. Dr. Bright is a graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery. Dr. Bright obtained his bachelors of science degree in with a double major in biology and chemistry in 1996. Also, Dr. Bright is the Chief Executive Officer of the Pandemic Prevention Institute (PPI) at The Rockefeller Foundation and serves as a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association. Dr. Bright leads the development of the Foundation’s pandemic data-to-action platform that integrates modern technology, data analytics and global partners to help the world detect, prevent, and mitigate pandemic threats to achieve containment as quickly as possible. Dr. Bright serves as an international subject matter expert in biodefense, emergency preparedness and response, pharmaceutical innovation, vaccine, drug and diagnostics development and served as an advisor to the Biden Administration, World Health Organization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine Forum on Microbial Threats.ess advisory board at Auburn University at Montgomery and the Saint James School board of trustees.