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President's Office

Robert Weissman

President

Robert Weissman is a staunch public interest advocate and activist, as well as an expert on corporate and government accountability. He is available to discuss the effect of money on politics, economic and regulatory policy, corporate crime and wrongdoing, trade and globalization, financial reform, prescription drug pricing and access to the courts.

Ilana Beller

Organizing Manager, Democracy Campaign

Ilana is the organizing manager for the democracy team at Public Citizen where she works to pass legislation and build a movement to strengthen and protect our democracy.

Aquene Freechild

Co-Director, Democracy Campaign

Freechild co-leads Public Citizen’s work building a broad movement to get money out of politics and ensure that everyone’s vote counts. She also leads Public Citizen’s advocacy work on election security and holding voting system vendors accountable for ensuring machines are safe from hackers. She co-founded the Secure Our Vote coalition, which works on the state and local level to encourage election officials to secure the vote and allow for recovery should a computer error or hack occur. She’s led successful campaigns to fight big money in politics in the District of Columbia as well as in Illinois, New Jersey, Vermont and Washington state.

Jonah Minkoff-Zern

Co-Director, Democracy Campaign

Jonah Minkoff-Zern is co-director of Public Citizen’s Democracy Campaign, where he works to build a national movement for our democracy by building grassroots support nationwide to get money out of politics and ensure all voters have access to the ballot. He has mobilized people to push for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, helped win voting rights and other election reforms in New York state and coordinated national support for the Second Chances Florida ballot initiative, which restored the eligibility to vote to Floridians with felony convictions.

Savannah Wooten

Campaign Coordinator, People Over the Pentagon

Savannah Wooten is the Campaign Coordinator for the #PeopleOverPentagon campaign as she is a trained organizer and peacebuilder with a background in atrocity prevention, international human rights, civic engagement, campaigns, and program management.

Lisa Gilbert

Executive Vice President

Lisa Gilbert is Public Citizen's executive vice president. Previously, Lisa served as Public Citizen's vice president of legislative affairs, director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division and deputy director of that division. She advocates for government transparency and integrity, financial reform, civil justice and consumer protection.

Rick Claypool

Research Director

Rick Claypool is a research director for Public Citizen’s president’s office, where he focuses on corporate crime and wrongdoing and the ways corporate power distorts democracy. Rick produces reports on a range of topics including federal enforcement against corporations, deregulation, and conflicts of interest. Rick has dug into records at the federal, state, county and city levels, and has presented research findings to national and international audiences.

Jalisa Giles

Secure Our Vote Campaign Coordinator

Giles is leading our Secure Our Vote campaign and supporting efforts to pass protecting election laws and election funding locally in states.

Aileen Walsh

Executive Assistant

Aileen Walsh is the Executive Assistant to Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen. She is also a Development Officer, assisting the Development Office with major donor fundraising events and organization-wide events. Aileen is the Assistant-Secretary for the Public Citizen, Inc. and Public Citizen Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors.

Alan Zibel

Research Director

Alan Zibel, research director of Public Citizen’s Corporate Presidency Project, focuses on corporate influence and conflicts of interest in the Trump administration. He is a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press, where he covered housing and financial regulation. He  also worked for the Baltimore Business Journal, Oakland Tribune, the Fremont (Calif.) Argus and the Concord (NH) Monitor. He lives in Takoma Park, Md., with his family.

Access to Medicines

Peter Maybarduk

Access to Medicines Director

Peter Maybarduk directs Public Citizen’s access to medicines group, which helps partners worldwide make medicine available and affordable for all. Maybarduk is an intellectual property expert and is available to speak about drug pricing, innovation policy, pandemic readiness and global health. Since 2010 the access group’s work has helped shape major medicine pricing legislation and executive action in the United States and abroad, reduce the price of key medicines, conserve health budgets, change the course of international trade negotiations, facilitate technology licensing, empower public agencies, discipline prescription drug corporations, and support a more robust and equitable global response to Covid-19.

Steve Knievel

Advocate

Steve Knievel is an advocate for Public Citizen's Access to Medicines program, focusing on expanding affordable access to medicines. Steve is an expert in policy matters affecting drug pricing and access to medicines in the United States. He brings to Public Citizen his knowledge and experience in domestic and international campaign work, including thorough policy analysis, lobbying, communications and coalition building.

Liza Barrie

Campaign Director, Global Vaccines Access

Liza Barrie is a strategist and campaigner. Before joining Public Citizen in late 2020, she spent more than two decades leading communications, advocacy, and partnerships at UNICEF.

Administration

Climate & Energy

David Arkush

Director, Climate Program

David Arkush is the director of Public Citizen’s Climate Program. He is an expert on the climate crisis, financial regulation, regulatory law and policy, and consumer and worker protection. He has broad experience building coalitions and advocating for the public interest, having lobbied extensively before the U.S. Congress and federal regulatory agencies and litigated complex cases in the federal courts.

Mekedas Belayneh

Policy Advocate, Climate Program

Mekedas Belayneh is a Policy Advocate for Public Citizen’s Climate Program, where she advocates for equitable financial solutions to address the climate crisis. Prior to joining Public Citizen, she worked on scrutinizing executive branch personnel and regulatory corporate capture. Mekedas is also a member of Women for Weapons Trade Transparency where she researches knowledge gaps in foreign military sales and police militarization. She recently completed a BA in Economics from Columbia University.

Chelsea Hodgkins

Senior EV Advocate, Climate Program

Chelsea Hodgkins is the Senior EV Advocate for Public Citizen’s Climate Program. She advocates for the US government and car companies to uptake strong ZEV regulations and improve their environmental, labor, and human rights practices in supply chains.

Carly Oboth, PC Climate Program

Carly Oboth

Senior Supply Chain Campaigner, Climate Program

Carly is a Senior Supply Chain Campaigner with Public Citizen’s climate program, focusing on urging Ford and other automakers to commit to procuring responsibly-sourced steel processed using 100% clean energy.

East Peterson-Trujillo

Senior Clean Vehicles Campaigner, Climate Program

As Senior Clean Vehicles Campaigner, East pushes the largest automotive companies to transition to electric vehicles and advocates for strong clean car standards.

Kerrina Williams

Climate Campaign Coordinator

Kerrina Williams is the climate campaign coordinator for Public Citizen’s Climate Program, working to keep insurers accountable for their role in the climate crisis. Her goal is to empower and work alongside impacted communities for change.

Tyson Slocum

Director, Energy Program

Tyson Slocum is director of Public Citizen's Energy Program, covering the regulation of petroleum, natural gas and power markets. Tyson promotes an equitable energy transition that provides distributed renewable energy generation and sustainable transportation solutions for working families. Tyson Slocum is an expert in issues dealing with regulation and deregulation of energy markets, the impact of mergers and lax regulations over electricity, petroleum and natural gas and federal energy legislation.

Carly Fabian

Insurance Policy Advocate, Climate Program

Carly Fabian specializes in insurance policy, advocating for equitable solutions on insurance access and for insurance regulators to act on the financial risks from climate change.

Tracey Lewis

Policy Counsel, Climate Program

Tracey Lewis is a policy counsel for Public Citizen’s Climate Program, where she advocates for financial regulators to direct companies, banks, money managers, and other private actors to better identify and address the risks related to the climate crisis. Tracey has broad experience advising organizations on equity and environmental law and policy.

Deanna Noël

Campaigns Director, Climate Program

Deanna Noël is campaigns director for Public Citizen’s Climate Program. She advocates for financial institutions and regulators to act on climate change and for automakers to transition to zero emission vehicles. Prior to joining Public Citizen, Deanna worked on campaigns to protect public lands and safeguard federal environmental laws including the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act.

Erika Thi Patterson

Auto Supply Chain Campaign Director, Climate Program

Erika Thi Patterson is the auto supply chain campaign director for Public Citizen’s Climate Program. She works to hold automakers accountable for their role in fueling the climate crisis and for ensuring greater transparency, environmental safeguards, and respect for human rights throughout their supply chains. Prior to Public Citizen, Erika led corporate campaigns on EV transit manufacturing firms to secure community benefits and labor peace agreements.

Clara Vondrich

Senior Policy Counsel, Climate Program

At Public Citizen, Clara works at the intersection of climate and financial policy in the United States, as market regulators advance rules that will either align Wall Street and corporate polluters with climate goals, or give them another pass.

Communications

Shauna Burton

Social Media Associate

Shauna is the Social Media Associate for Public Citizen. She is from Georgia and graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Political Science.

Emily Leach

Deputy Communications Director

Emily Leach is the deputy director of communications at Public Citizen, where she works to elevate research and advocacy efforts from across the organization.

Congress Watch

Lisa Gilbert

Executive Vice President

Lisa Gilbert is Public Citizen's executive vice president. Previously, Lisa served as Public Citizen's vice president of legislative affairs, director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division and deputy director of that division. She advocates for government transparency and integrity, financial reform, civil justice and consumer protection.

Elias Hakim

Declaration for American Democracy Campaign Associate

Elias Hakim is the campaign associate for the Declaration for American Democracy. Before joining Public Citizen, he was most recently the assistant for field and member services at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Eagan Kemp

Health Care Policy Advocate

Eagan Kemp is an expert in health care policy, including single-payer systems, private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Veterans Health Administration, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, social determinants of health, mental health and drug shortages.

Allison Pulliam

Declaration for American Democracy Co-Director

Mike Tanglis

Research Director

Mike Tanglis is a research director in Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division. Mike has authored and co-authored numerous reports on corruption, money and politics, worker safety, consumer protection and more. His work has exposed conflicts of interest, shined a light on efforts by those who put profits over safety and spurred legislation to combat pay-to-play politics. Mike was featured in CNN’s documentary, The Trump Family Business, discussing his report mapping the complex business empire of President Trump.

Susan Harley

Congress Watch Managing Director

Susan is the Managing Director for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, where she helps coordinate all aspects of the division’s advocacy across multiple issue campaigns – specializing in financial reform, tax issues, and open government initiatives.

Zachary Brown

Program Associate

Zachary Brown is a Program Associate for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division. Prior to joining Public Citizen, he was a deputy political campaign manager and a legal clerk.

Jon Golinger

Democracy Advocate

Jon Golinger serves as the Democracy Advocate for Public Citizen. He is an attorney, advocate, and organizer who works to strengthen political spending and influence disclosure, increase corporate transparency and accountability, and drive Public Citizen’s advocacy around money and politics.

Craig Holman

Government Affairs Lobbyist

Craig Holman, Ph.D., serves as Public Citizen's Capitol Hill lobbyist on ethics, lobbying and campaign finance rules. Craig is an expert on campaign finance reform, governmental ethics, lobbying practices and the impact of money in politics.

Martha Perez-Pedemonti

Civil Justice & Consumer Rights Counsel

Martha Perez-Pedemonti is a Civil Justice & Consumer Rights Counsel with Public Citizen. Prior to joining Public Citizen, she litigated in both the public and private sectors, in addition to developing city government and policy experience.

Elizabeth Skerry

Regulatory Policy Associate

Elizabeth “Bitsy” Skerry is a regulatory policy associate for Public Citizen, where she focuses on making the regulatory process work for the people, not corporations.

Christine Wood

Declaration for American Democracy Co-Director

Christine Wood is co-director of Declaration for American Democracy. Christine is an experienced organizer, canvass director and field director with a background in both electoral and issue-based advocacy.

Development

Global Trade Watch

Melinda St. Louis

Global Trade Watch Director

Melinda St. Louis is the Global Trade Watch director. She provides expert analysis of technical trade agreement provisions and implications for domestic policymaking to Congress and high-level government officials, the press, and civil society partners in the U.S.

Rishab Bailey

Research Director, Digital Trade Alliance

Rishab Bailey is Research Director for the Digital Trade Alliance (DTA), a global collaborative of digital rights and consumer organizations that provide expertise and analysis to guide the transnational debate on digital trade and its impacts on privacy, responsible use of AI, and Big Tech accountability.

Andi Petrovic

Field Organizer

Andi Petrovic is a Field Organizer for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. She works closely with local and national partners to organize on trade-related issues.

Melanie Foley

Global Trade Watch Deputy Director

As Deputy Director, Melanie Foley leads outreach and coalition building strategies to bolster Global Trade Watch's campaigns on global trade negotiations.

Ryan Harvey

National Field Director

Ryan Harvey comes to Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch with 20 years of experience in grassroots organizing, arts activism and independent journalism.

Stephanie Camarillo

Research Director

Stephanie Camarillo is the Research Director for Global Trade Watch, providing in-depth information on an array of trade and globalization issues.

Health Research Group

Robert Steinbrook, MD

Director

Dr. Robert Steinbrook joined Public Citizen as the Health Research Group Director in May 2023. He is available to discuss drug and medical device safety, conflict of interest in medicine and health care, medical journals, health care policy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other federal health agencies, and the protection of human research subjects.

Azza AbuDagga, MHA, Ph.D.

Health Services Researcher

Azza has been researching drug safety since she joined Public Citizen’s Health Research Group in December 2013. She is an expert in analyzing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System.

Michael Abrams, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Senior Health Researcher

Michael is a senior researcher in Public Citizen’s Health Research Group focusing on behavioral health, drug and device safety and efficacy, occupational safety and health, and broader health policy issues.

Diane Krauthamer

Web Coordinator

Diane Krauthamer is the web coordinator with Public Citizen’s Health Research Group (HRG). She is responsible for developing and maintaining some of the functionality, design and content for WorstPills.org and the HRG-related pages of Public Citizen’s primary website, citizen.org. She also is the primary HRG social media coordinator.

Nina Zeldes, MSc, Ph.D.

Health Researcher

Nina Zeldes, MSc, Ph.D., is a health researcher in Public Citizen’s Health Research Group focusing on health care policy, drug and medical device safety, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversight.

Litigation Group

Allison Zieve

Litigation Group Director

Allison Zieve is an expert in administrative law, public health law, open government law, federal preemption, and class action standards, as well as Supreme Court practice.

Michael Kirkpatrick

Attorney

Michael T. Kirkpatrick's practice areas include constitutional law, civil rights, class actions, administrative law, and open government.

Nandan Joshi

Attorney

Nandan Joshi's practice areas include consumer law; access to justice; administrative law; and communications, Internet and technology law.

Wendy Liu

Attorney

Wendy Liu is an attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group, where her practice areas include open government, consumer law, and access to courts. 

Adam Pulver

Attorney

Adam Pulver litigates a range of cases involving administrative law, consumer rights, civil rights, labor and employment law, and constitutional law.

Texas Office

Adrian Shelley

Texas Office Director

Adrian Shelley is an expert in issues revolving around clean air, environmental and energy policy and all things Texas. He has worked in the field of Clean Air Act litigation, as the environmental policy director for a state representative and as the executive director of an air quality and public health nonprofit organization.