Experts

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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.

GOOD GOVERNMENT

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Michael Carome, MD

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Meena Aladdin, M.S., Ph.D.

Health Researcher

Meena Aladdin is a health researcher at Public Citizen specializing in drug safety and U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversight. Prior to joining Public Citizen, she completed a fellowship in hematology at the FDA’S Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. Meena is trained as a toxicologist and earned her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICING, ACCESS TO MEDICINES AND TECHNOLOGY RULES

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.

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.

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 provided technical assistance to state and national governments, coordinated civil society coalitions, and published on intellectual property, access to medicines and global health.

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.

CLIMATE

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.

TRADE

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.

LEGAL ISSUES

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.

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.

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.

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.

TEXAS

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.