Staff

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.

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.

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.

Christine Wood

Organizer, Democracy Is For People Campaign

Christine Wood is the democracy organizer for Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign. Christine is an experienced organizer, canvass director and field director with a background in both electoral and issue-based advocacy.

Jane Chung

Big Tech Accountability Advocate

Jane Chung is a Big Tech Accountability Advocate at Public Citizen. Prior to joining the organization, she coordinated awareness and fundraising campaigns at Facebook and directed a program to provide microloans in Rwanda.

Aquene Freechild

Co-Director, Democracy Is For People 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.

Melinda St. Louis

Director, Medicare for All

Melinda St. Louis is the Director of Public Citizen’s Medicare for All Campaign. For the past 20 years, Melinda has led multiple campaigns that challenge corporate power and promote economic justice and human rights, including fighting Big Pharma greed in global trade agreements.

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.

Alan Zibel

Research Director, Corporate Presidency Project

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

Director

Peter Maybarduk helps partners around the world overcome high-price pharmaceutical monopolies and secure the benefits of science, technology and culture for all. He is an intellectual property expert and is available to discuss drug pricing, trade and technology policy.

Burcu Kilic, Ph.D.

Director, Digital Rights Program & Research Director, Access to Medicines

Burcu Kilic is a scholar, lawyer and digital rights advocate. Her work is divided between digital rights and access to medicines. She directs the Digital Rights Program and is also the research director for Public Citizen's Access to Medicines Program. Her unique expertise in intellectual property law and policy, information technology, innovation and trade policy secures her as a well-known and highly respected scholar and advocate in the field.

Zain Rizvi

Law and Policy Researcher

Zain Rizvi is an expert on pharmaceutical innovation and access to medicines. He has provided technical assistance to state and national governments, coordinated civil society coalitions, and published on intellectual property, access to medicines and global health.

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.

Administration

Joe Stoshak

Chief Financial Officer

Joe Stoshak is the Chief Financial Officer of Public Citizen. He began employment with Public Citizen back in 1999 as Controller.

Communications

Mike Stankiewicz

Press Officer

Mike is a press officer in Public Citizen’s communication’s department, where he focuses on legislative affairs and health-orientated advocacy and research, including Medicare for All and dangerous drugs and medical devices. Before coming to Public Citizen in 2018, Mike was a congressional and health care radio, television and print reporter with bylines at Bloomberg, USA Today and WTOP.

David Rosen

Communications Officer on Regulatory Affairs

David Rosen is Public Citizen’s communications officer on regulatory affairs as well as the communications officer for the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards and the Clean Budget Coalition.

Congress Watch

Lisa Gilbert

Executive Vice President

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

Zachary Brown

Administrative Assistant

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

Remington A. Gregg

Counsel for Civil Justice and Consumer Rights

Remington A. Gregg leads the fight to protect American consumers from corporate rip-offs and abuses, working on a portfolio that includes forced arbitration, class actions, access to courts and consumer safety. He has extensive experience in policymaking and legislative drafting at the highest levels of government.

Alex Harman

Competition Policy Advocate

Alex Harman is the competition policy advocate for Public Citizen's Congress Watch division, where he works to address concentration and market power in key sectors of our economy, especially in online commerce and communications in order to provide stronger antitrust protections for consumers and workers.

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.

Miriam Li

Corporate Accountability Associate

Miriam Li is a corporate accountability associate in Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, where her primary focus is on policy issues surrounding the COVID-19 bailout.

Jana Morgan

Campaign Director, Declaration for American Democracy coalition

Aswar Rahman

Digital Content Creator, Declaration for American Democracy

Rachel Curley

Democracy Advocate

Rachel Curley is a democracy associate for Public Citizen's Congress Watch division, where her main focus is to call for companies to disclose information about how much money they spend to influence our politics, as well as to support Public Citizen's democracy work with federal legislation.

Susan Harley

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.

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.

Matt Kent

Regulatory Policy Associate

Matt Kent is a regulatory policy associate with Public Citizen. Prior to joining Public Citizen, he was a Government Affairs Associate specializing in transportation policy at a maritime trade association and a lobbyist for various non-profit associations on a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues.

Taylor Lincoln

Research Director

As director of research at Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, Taylor Lincoln has authored or co-authored numerous reports on subjects concerning regulations, health care, worker safety and political spending, among other topics. Taylor has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, among other publications and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR and other broadcast media outlets.

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.

Development

Energy

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.

David Arkush

Managing Director, Climate Program

David Arkush is the managing director of Public Citizen’s Climate Program. He has broad experience advocating for consumers before all three branches of government, having lobbied extensively before the U.S. Congress and federal regulatory agencies and litigated complex cases in the federal courts.

Global Trade Watch

Lori Wallach

Director

Lori Wallach is the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. A 25-year veteran of congressional trade battles starting with the 1990's fight over NAFTA, she was named to the “Politico’s 50” list of thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016 for her leadership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership debate.

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JaRel Clay

Social Media and Digital Director, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

JaRel Clay is the Digital Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, where he leads the division’s digital organizing and online strategy efforts.

Ryan Harvey

National Field Director, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

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

Mariana Lopez

Legislative Assistant and Scheduler, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

Mariana Lopez is the Legislative Assistant and Scheduler for Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

Daniel Rangel

Research Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

Daniel Rangel, Research Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch (GTW), is in charge of planning and executing research strategies, projects, and materials on a wide array of trade, investment, and globalization issues.

Matthew Groch

Deputy Director

Matthew Groch is Deputy Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. After graduating, Groch held a variety of positions in the House of Representatives for a Democratic Member of Congress and worked on several federal campaigns.

Melanie Foley

International Campaigns Director, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

As the International Campaigns Director, Melanie Foley helps Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch by implementing outreach and coalition building strategies to bolster the international campaign’s public education work.

Sally King

Digital Program Associate, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

Andi Petrovic

Field Organizer, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

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.

Sarah Grace Spurgin

Program Associate, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

Health Research Group

Michael Carome, MD

Director, Health Research Group

Dr. Michael Carome is an expert on issues of drug and medical device safety, pharmacy compounding, Food and Drug Administration oversight, health care policy and the protection of human research subjects.

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

Health Researcher, Health Research Group

Michael is a 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.

Sidney Wolfe, MD

Founder and Senior Adviser, Health Research Group

Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe is an expert on issues of drug safety, health care policy, Food and Drug Administration and hospital oversight, OSHA, medical devices, Medicare and Medicaid and doctor discipline.

Azza AbuDagga, MHA, Ph.D.

Health Services Researcher, Health Research Group

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.

Litigation

Allison Zieve

Director

Allison Zieve is an expert in administrative law, public health litigation, open government law, federal preemption, class action standards, and the First Amendment.

Michael Kirkpatrick

Attorney

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

Paul Alan Levy

Attorney

Paul Alan Levy is an expert in issues of Internet free speech, removal jurisdiction, and the representation of lawyers in trouble; from sanctions, contempt findings and the like.

Adam Pulver

Attorney

Adam Pulver litigates a range of cases involving administrative law, consumer rights, civil rights, labor and employment law, and constitutional law. He also regularly conducts trainings and provides guidance to other lawyers working on these issues.

Nandan Joshi

Attorney

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

Kaitlin Leary

Supreme Court Assistance Project Fellow

Kaitlin Leary is the Supreme Court Assistance Project fellow for Public Citizen, where she offers pro bono legal assistance at the petition stage. Prior to joining Public Citizen, Kaitlin clerked for the Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia and for the Honorable Joseph M. Getty of the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

Scott Nelson

Attorney

Scott Nelson is an expert in issues of access to presidential records, Freedom of Information Act cases, campaign finance law, administrative law, OSHA standards, class action lawsuits, and practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rebecca Smullin

Attorney

Rebecca Smullin is an attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group, where her practice areas include consumer and administrative law.

Texas Office

Adrian Shelley

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.