Experts

To reach any of these experts, please email one of our press officers at drosen@citizen.org, pdavis@citizen.org, or jmedina@citizen.org. Alternatively, please call the main line at (202) 588-1000.

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 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.

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.

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.

Matt Kent

Competition Policy Advocate

Matt Kent is a competition policy advocate 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.

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.

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.

Rachel Curley

Democracy Advocate

Rachel Curley is a democracy advocate 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

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.

Cheyenne Hunt-Majer

Big Tech Accountability Advocate

Cheyenne Hunt-Majer is a progressive advocate and attorney specializing in the issues at the intersection of democratic erosion, technology policy, and human rights. She currently serves as a Big Tech Accountability Advocate with Public Citizen.

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.

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.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Michael Carome, MD

Health Research Group Director

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

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.

Sidney Wolfe, MD

Health Research Group 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.

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.

DRUG PRICING

Peter Maybarduk

Access to Medicines 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.

Zain Rizvi

Research Director

Zain Rizvi is an expert on pharmaceutical innovation and access to medicines. He has provided technical assistance to governments, investigated public rights in taxpayer-funded technologies, and analyzed neglected legal authorities to increase access to medicines. 

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.

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.

Yevgeny Shrago

Policy Director, Climate Program

Yevgeny Shrago is policy director 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. 

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.

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.

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.

LITIGATION

Allison Zieve

Litigation Group 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.

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.

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.

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.