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.

Ilana Beller

Ilana is a member of the democracy team at Public Citizen where she leads the national activist program and takes part in building a movement to rebuild, strengthen, and protect our democracy. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jonah Minkoff-Zern

Co-Director, Democracy Is For People Campaign

Jonah Minkoff-Zern is co-director of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People 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.

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.

Liza Barrie

Campaign Director, Global Vaccine 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.

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.

Alyson Bancroft

Campaign Coordinator, Access to Medicines

Alyson Bancroft is the campaign coordinator of the Access to Medicines Program. In this role, she contributes to strategy for influencing U.S. public policy to expand the accessibility and availability of COVID-19 vaccines.

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.

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.

Climate & 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.

Hannah Saggau

Campaign Coordinator, Climate Program

Hannah Saggau is a campaign coordinator for Public Citizen’s Climate Program, where she advocates for financial institutions and regulators to take action on the climate crisis.

David Arkush

Managing Director, Climate Program

David Arkush is the managing 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.

Elise Peterson-Trujillo

Campaign Coordinator, Climate Program

Elise Peterson-Trujillo is a campaign coordinator for Public Citizen’s Climate Program, where they advocate for financial institutions and regulators to take action on the climate crisis.

Yevgeny Shrago

Policy Counsel, Climate Program

Yevgeny Shrago is a policy counsel for Public Citizen’s Climate Program, where he 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. He has broad experience in financial regulations, regulatory law and policy, and protecting consumers. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elias Hakim

Campaign Associate, the Declaration for American Democracy

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.

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.

Jana Morgan

Campaign Director, Declaration for American Democracy coalition

Aswar Rahman

Digital Content Creator, Declaration for American Democracy

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

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.

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.

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.

Robert Stewart

Tax and Disclosure Advocate

Robert L. Stewart is a native of the historic Selma, Ala., where equity, social justice, and public service were instilled in him at a young age. He was awarded a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Tuskegee University and earned a master’s degree in accounting from Kennesaw State University.

Abi Velasco

Racial Equity Policy Associate

Abi Velasco (she/they) is the Racial Equity Policy Associate for Congress Watch. She advocates for issues important to Black and brown people in Public Citizen's priority areas, including consumer protections and access to justice.

Development

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.

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.

Mariana Lopez

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.

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.

Senior Health Researcher, Health Research Group

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.

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 Group

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.

Nandan Joshi

Attorney

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

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.

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.

Michael Kirkpatrick

Attorney

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

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. He also regularly conducts trainings and provides guidance to other lawyers working on these issues.

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.