President's Office

Robert Weissman


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.

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, 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.

Courtney Fuller

Online Advocacy & Fundraising Manager

Courtney Fuller manages Public Citizen’s email and online fundraising program, and co-leads our social media efforts. She spent her first few years at Public Citizen working to expand the organization’s voting rights and money in politics campaigns, and now uses her digital expertise to grow Public Citizen's donor base, reach and presence online.

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.

Margrete Strand Rangnes

Executive Vice President

Margrete Strand Rangnes has worked extensively on issues related to trade and globalization; energy policies and climate change; and workers’ rights and economic development.

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.

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.

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.

Access to Medicines

Peter Maybarduk


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.

Steve Knievel


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.

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 drug pricing. He has advised state and national governments, coordinated civil society coalitions, and published on intellectual property, access to medicines and global health.


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.


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.

Don Owens

Deputy Communications Director

Don has practiced strategic communications, political advocacy and public relations in Washington, D.C., for more than 20 years. During that time his work has focused on shaping the messaging, outreach, political organizing and planning needs for non-profits characterized as ‘groups of consciousness,’ as well as work with elected officials at the local and national levels. He currently serves as the deputy director of communications for Public Citizen.

Congress Watch

Lisa Gilbert

Vice President of Legislative Affairs

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.

Rachel Curley

Democracy Associate

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.

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.

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.

Susan Harley

Deputy Director

Susan is the Deputy 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.

Shanna Devine

Worker Health and Safety Advocate

Shanna Devine is the worker health and safety advocate for Public Citizen's Congress Watch division. In that capacity, she plays a leading role managing Congress Watch's policy and advocacy on occupational health and safety, including whistleblower rights for public and private sector employees.

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.

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.



Tyson Slocum


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

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


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Sally King

Digital Program Associate, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

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.

Sharath Patil

research director

Sharath Patil is the research director at Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, where he engages in research on international trade law and policy. Sharath has a background in global logistics, international trade and commercial diplomacy.

Health Research Group

Michael Carome, MD


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.

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.

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 and the HRG-related pages of Public Citizen’s primary website, She also is the primary HRG social media coordinator.

Sidney Wolfe, MD

Founder and Senior Adviser

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.


Scott Nelson


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.

Michael Kirkpatrick


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

Paul Alan Levy


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.

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.

Adam Pulver


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.

Allison Zieve


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

Texas Office

Adrian Shelley


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.