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LEADERSHIP

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.

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.

GOOD GOVERNMENT

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.

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.

Jonah Minkoff-Zern

Co-Director, Democracy Campaign

Jonah Minkoff-Zern is the co-director of Public Citizen’s Democracy Campaign. He has organized nationwide mobilizations to challenge ongoing threats to democracy from former President Donald Trump and his allies; coordinated grassroots activities to pass federal voting rights and democracy reforms; mobilized national action for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United; led and supported state-based efforts to win voting rights, public financing, to protect election officials and prevent artificial intelligence deepfakes in elections; and coordinated national support for the Second Chances Florida ballot initiative, which restored the eligibility to vote to Floridians with felony convictions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

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.

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.

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.

DRUG PRICING

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.

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.

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.

ENERGY AND CLIMATE

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.

Ernesto Archila, Climate and Financial Regulation Policy Director

Ernesto Archila

Climate and Financial Regulation Policy Director, Climate Program

Ernesto is the Climate and Financial Regulation Policy Director at Public Citizen.

Carly Fabian

Senior 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

Senior 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.

Elyse Schupak

Policy Advocate, Public Citizen's Climate Program

Elyse Schupak is a Policy Advocate with Public Citizen’s Climate Program, working at the intersection of financial regulation and climate change.

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.

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.

TRADE

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.

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.

Iza Camarillo

Research Director

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

LITIGATION

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.

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. 

Nandan Joshi

Attorney

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

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

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.