Public Citizen's Experts
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Robert Weissman, Public Citizen 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, trade and globalization, financial reform, prescription drug pricing and access to the courts.
- President of Public Citizen (Sept. 8, 2009-present)
- Director of the corporate accountability organization Essential Action (1995-2009)
- Editor of the Multinational Monitor, a magazine that tracks multinational corporations (1989-2009)
- Helped make HIV drugs available to the developing world and has provided assistance to numerous governments on intellectual property and access to medicine issues
- Public interest attorney at Center for Study of Responsive Law (1996-2009)
- Member of the Ohio bar
- Earned J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude
Weissman has appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, PBS, CNBC, NPR and Marketplace Radio, and has been published and quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Time Magazine.
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.
- Gilbert was the Democracy Advocate for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, where she focused on good government, ethics, and campaign finance reform.
- Prior to U.S. PIRG, Gilbert was a campaign director who organized outreach campaigns to pass legislation on social justice and environmental issues for organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, Sierra Club and Environment Washington.
Gilbert has testified before Congress and been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Fox News and NPR. She was also a featured contributor to the National Journal's "Expert Blog" on lobbying and ethics, is a contributor to The Hill, and writes frequently for The Huffington Post and Yahoo Finance among other publications.
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, international tax issues, and open government initiatives. Susan received her bachelors of arts degree from Michigan State University and received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, in public law and regulation from MSU's College of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.
Read a more detailed bio of Susan Harley.
- Policy director, Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund
- Consultant, Michigan’s Children
- J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law, cum laude
Harley has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Roll Call, The Nation, TIME, Consumerist, Columbus Business First, Battle Creek Enquirer, among other media. She is a blog contributor to The Hill and The Huffington Post. Harley has appeared on America’s Workforce Radio, The Union Edge, Uprising with Sonali, Living Room, Saturday Morning Talkies, KBOO/Portland and other broadcast media outlets.
Craig Holman, Government Affairs Lobbyist
Craig Holman, Ph.D. serves as Public Citizen's Capitol Hill lobbyist on ethics, lobbying and campaign finance rules.
Holman is an expert on campaign finance reform, governmental ethics, lobbying practices and the impact of money in politics.
- Senior Policy Analyst at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
- Assisted in drafting campaign finance reform legislation
- Author of numerous reports and research projects on the initiative process and the impact of money in politics
- Served as an expert witness or principal researcher in several court cases defending campaign finance laws, including McConnell v. FEC
Holman has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Pacifica Radio and NPR, and has been quoted in publications such as The National Journal, USA Today, Roll Call, Congressional Quarterly and The Associated Press.
Rachel Curley, Democracy Associate for Public Citizen's Congress Watch Division
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.
Read a more detailed bio of Rachel Curley.
- Before coming to Public Citizen, Curley was a program coordinator for Doctors for America
- Curley successfully executed the 2015 National Leadership Conference for 100 DFA members after managing a 9-month planning process, securing over $40,000 in sponsorship funds, and running A/V, catering, workshops, registration, and speakers on-site.
- She has also compiled research on various topics including but not limited to cabinet member voting records, urban climate resilience, sequestration, Selective Service registration, and campaign finance reform while serving as an executive intern for the Center for American Progress.
Curley has been quoted in Community Advocate and CNBC. She is also a blog contributor to The Hill, Fortune, CitizenVox, Corporate Presidency and Salon.
Pedro Morillas, Democracy Associate for Public Citizen's Congress Watch Division
Pedro Morillas has over a dozen years of experience advancing legislative, candidate and ballot measure campaigns for progressive groups and causes, such as Everytown for Gun Safety, Organizing for Action (OFA), and the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG).
Read a more detailed bio of Pedro Morillas.
- Advocated for gun violence prevention by managing Everytown's legislative campaigns across multiple states, which involved determining policy goals as well as developing campaign strategies on a case-by-case basis
- Acted as the liason for OFA with other allied organizations while also coordinating communications teams and strategies, as well as established important processess crucial to OFA's national agenda
Morillas has been quoted in the Santa Fe New Mexican, The Washington Times, and on the California Public Interest Research Group's website. He is also a blog contributor to Medium and California Progress Report.
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.
- Previously served as Legislative Counsel at the Human Rights Campaign and Associate Counsel and Advisor for Open Government at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
- Admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia
Gregg is a contributor to the Huffington Post, has appeared on NPR, Sirius Satellite Radio, and San Francisco's KGO 810, and been quoted in The Hill, Bloomberg, Esquire, Forbes, and ThinkProgress, among others.
Taylor Lincoln, Research Director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch Division
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.
Lincoln 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.
- Wrote for Washington, D.C. area newspapers, including The Federal Paper, The Potomac Tech Journal and the Montgomery Journal.
- Master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland
- B.A. in English from the University of Michigan
Lincoln has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal andHuffington Post, among other publications. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR and other broadcast media outlets.
Amit Narang, Regulatory Policy Advocate
Amit Narang is an expert on issues related to the federal regulatory process.
- Articles Editor of The Administrative Law Review, a widely circulated legal journal focused on regulatory law and policy
- J.D. American University-Washington College of Law
- B.A. University of Pennsylvania
Narang has been quoted in The New York Times and BNA.
Bartlett Naylor, Financial Policy Advocate
Bartlett Naylor is an expert on corporate governance, financial markets and shareholder rights.
- Consultant for Capital Strategies Consulting, Inc.
- Director of the Office of Corporate Affairs for Teamsters Union
- Chief of Investigations for the U.S Senate Banking Committee
Naylor has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Hill, The Washington Times, Dow Jones, Minnesota Public Radio, Daerings Navingslv and El Mercurio, among other media.
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.
Senior Policy Analyst at U.S. Government Accountability Office
Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant at Simon Fraser University
M.A. in Sociology from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC
B.S. in Political Science and Sociology from Utah State University – graduated magna cum laude
Kemp conducted research for, and released, numerous reports while at the Government Accountability Office. These reports have been cited in The New York Times, Bloomberg, International Business Times, The Washington Post, CNBC, HealthAffairs, Modern Healthcare, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and National Center for Biotechnical Information.
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.
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- Legislative Director at Government Accountability Project
- Lobbyist, Public Citizen's Access to Medicines Division
- Master of Public Management from University of Maryland's School of Public Policy
- B.A. in Critical Theory and Social Justice from Occidental College
Devine has been quoted inpublications such as The Washington Post, The Nation, PolitiFact, The Intercept, The Times-Picayune, Truthout, Al Jazeera, The Independent, Inside OSHA Online, Safety + Health, and Intellectual Property Watch. She has also been interviewed on Pacifica Radio.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Michael Carome, MD, Director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group
Dr. Michael Carome is an expert on issues of drug and medical device safety, pharmacy compounding, Food and Drug Administration oversight, healthcare policy, and the protection of human research subjects.
- Deputy director, Public Citizen's Health Research Group, January 2011-May 2013
- Associate director for regulatory affairs at the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) within the Department of Health and Human Services
- Staff nephrologist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center's Department of Medicine
- Director of the Division of Compliance Oversight within OHRP
- M.D. from Case Western Reserve University
- Internal medicine resident and nephrology fellow at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
- Guest researcher at the Renal Cell Biology Section of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health
- Fellow in the American College of Physicians
Carome has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, Reuters, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, The Boston Globe, British Medical Journal, and Science. He has appeared on National Public Radio's Diane Rehm Show and NBC Nightly News.
Sidney Wolfe, MD, Founder and Senior Adviser of Public Citizen's 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.
- Director, Public Citizen's Health Research Group,1971-2013
- Member of the Food and Drug Administration's Drug Safety and Risk Management Committee since August 2008
- Researcher at the National Institutes of Health specializing in aspects of blood-clotting and alcoholism
- Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Wolfe has appeared on CNBC, CBS, NPR, ABC, NBC, PBS and Fox News, and has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.
Azza AbuDagga, MHA, Ph.D., Health Services Researcher, Public Citizen's Health Research Group
Dr. AbuDagga has been researching drug safety since she joined Public Citizen’s Health Research Group (HRG) in December 2013. She is an expert in analyzing the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System. She also conducts HRG’s research studies related to inmates with serious mental illnesses in the criminal justice system, ethics in clinical trials, and health care professionals’ accountability using the National Practitioner Data Bank. She is a contributing author for HRG’s consumer newsletters: Worst Pills, Best Pills News and Health Letter.
- Health outcomes researcher, WellPoint, 2010-2013
- Health policy researcher, LeadingAge, 2009-2010
- Health researcher, IMPAQ International, 2007-2008
- Ph.D. in health policy and administration from the Pennsylvania State University in 2009
- Nursing Instructor, Palestine College of Nursing, 1997-2001
- MHA from the Ohio State University, 2000
- Fulbright Scholar, 1998-2000
- Bachelor’s degree in nursing (with honors) from the Islamic University of Gaza, 1997
Dr. AbuDagga has been quoted in CNN Health, MedPage Today, Medscape and Modern HealthCare.
Kristen Strader, Campaign Coordinator, Public Citizen's Commercial Alert Program
Kristen Strader is the campaign coordinator for Public Citizen’s Commercial Alert program, which aims to prevent the commercial culture from subverting family, community and democracy. She has advocated against pharmaceutical companies using hospitals to market infant formula to new mothers, the National Park Service permitting corporations to buy ad space in national parks and celebrities pushing products on Instagram without revealing that they are being paid to do so. Strader has a background in community organizing, food insecurity and public health.
- Power in Dirt Project Coordinator with AmeriCorps VISTA
- Masters in public policy from American University
- B.A. in Law and Society from Hood College in Frederick, Md.
Strader has appeared on NPR Marketplace, CCTV, and in Buzzfeed.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICING, ACCESS TO MEDICINES AND TECNOLOGY RULES
Peter Maybarduk, Director of Public Citizen's Global Access to Medicines Program
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. See: citizen.org/our-work/access-medicines
- Maybarduk’s analysis and strategy helped eliminate many harmful measures from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.
- His work has yielded HIV/AIDS medicine price reductions, new state access to medicines policies and global shifts toward anti-counterfeiting policies that safeguard generic competition.
- Maybarduk has provided technical assistance to international organizations and to public agencies and civil society groups in more than three dozen countries.
- He is a visiting fellow with the Information Society Program at Yale Law School.
- J.D. Berkeley Law School (University of California), certificate in technology law, editor at the California Law Review
- B.A. with honors in anthropology, magna cum laude, The College of William & Mary in Virginia
- Maybarduk’s prior work includes cultural ethnography in South America’s Orinoco river delta and organizing campaigns for voting rights and living wages, among others. He is the co-founder of International Professional Partnerships for Sierra Leone, dedicated to supporting public sector development in one of the world’s least developed countries.
- Maybarduk is a composer and performer of music.
- Read Public Citizen’s recent profile of Maybarduk.
Maybarduk has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times of India, The Guardian, and other major papers.
Tyson Slocum, Director of Public Citizen's Energy Program
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.
- Member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee since May 2009
- Policy Analyst at Citizens for Tax Justice
Slocum has appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News and Comedy Central's "Colbert Report," and has been quoted in publications such as Forbes, CNNMoney.com, The Hill, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times.
Allison Fisher, Outreach Director for Public Citizen's Energy Program
Allison Fisher is an expert in engaging and organizing communities to challenge dirty energy sources at the local and state level and on issues such as the relapse of nuclear energy.
- Master's degree in Macro Social Work (Community Organizing) from the University of Connecticut
- B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Rural Youth at Risk Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala
Fisher has been quoted in publications such as The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun and Bloomberg.com; has been interviewed on Pacifica Radio; and has presented at conferences such as Greenfest and Power Shift.
David Arkush, Managing Director of Public Citizen's 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.
- Director of Public Citizen Congress Watch
- Law Professor at University of Richmond School of Law
- J.D. from Harvard Law School
- B.A. from Washington University
Arkush has appeared on CNN, CBS, ABC, CNBC, NPR, and Fox News Channel, and been quoted by publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, TIME, Bloomberg, POLITICO, Roll Call, and The Hill.
Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch
Lori Wallach is the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. A 25-year veteran of congressional trade battles starting with the 1990s 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. Wallach is an internationally recognized expert on trade with experience advocating in Congress and foreign parliaments, trade negotiations, courts, government agencies, the media and in the streets. Dubbed “the Trade Debate’s Guerrilla Warrior” in a National Journal profile and "Ralph Nader with a sense of humor" in a Wall Street Journal profile, she combines a lawyer’s expertise on the terms and outcomes of agreements with insight from the front lines of trade debates. Wallach’s specialty is translating arcane trade issues into accessible language.
- Author of numerous articles and books, most recently The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority
- Founder and board member of Citizens Trade Campaign, a U.S. national coalition of consumer, labor, environmental, family farm, religious, and civil rights groups representing over 11 million
Wallach has appeared on MSNBC, Fox, CNN, ABC, Bloomberg, Fox, PBS, NPR, C-SPAN, and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Economist, Forbes, The Washington Post, Financial Times, BNA, National Journal and more.
Allison Zieve, Director of Public Citizen Litigation Group
Allison Zieve is an expert in issues such as public health litigation, regulatory law, open government, federal preemption, class action abuse and the First Amendment.
- Staff attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group since 1994
- Has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal appellate and trial courts
- Published articles on FDA regulation, tobacco, preemption and the Freedom of Information Act
Zieve has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The National Law Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Hill, Legal Times, Newsday, The Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Chronicle.
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.
- Clerk for the Honorable Wade H. McCree, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- Special Assistant to Solicitor General McCree
- Chair of the subcommittee on domain name litigation of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Section
Levy had been quoted in publications such as Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Sun, The Dallas Morning News, Editor & Publisher, The Minneapolis Star-Tribuneand The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Julie Murray, Attorney
Julie Murray is an expert in issues of administrative law, open government, civil rights, and the First Amendment.
- Margaret Fund Fellow in Education and Employment, National Women's Law Center
- Clerk for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Murray has been quoted in publications such as The Washington Post, The Associated Press,The Washington Times, Politico, and The National Law Journal.
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.
- Partner at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, LLP
- Clerk for the Honorable Byron R. White, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Nelson has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Recorder, The Legal Intelligencer, Legal Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education and The Oregonian.
Adina Rosenbaum, Attorney
Adina Rosenbaum is an expert in issues of administrative law, federal preemption, open government, and appellate litigation
- Clerk for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- Former editor of the New York University Law Review
Rosenbaum has appeared on NPR and has been quoted in publications such as The Associated Press, University Wire, The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, The Washington Times and Legal Times.
PUBLIC CITIZEN TEXAS
Adrian Shelley, Director of Public Citizen's Texas Office
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.
- Executive Director of Air Alliance Houston
- President of the Environmental Law Society and editor of the Texas Environmental Law Journal
- Environmental Director and Counsel for State Representative Jessica Farrar during the 82nd session of the Texas Legislature
- Two-time recipient of the Texas Legal Fellowship, a recipient of the Joe R. and Teresa L. Long Legal Fellowship, and a recipient of the University Co-op Public Interest Award for Graduating Students
- BA in English and philosophy from Trinity University, cum laude, and J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law
Shelley has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg BNA, AP News, E&E News, Inside Climate News, Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Houstonia Magazine, San Antonio Express-News, Texas Standard, The Texas Tribune, The Texas Observer, and has appeared on KIAH, KHOU, KRIV, KPRC, KXLN (Houston TV), KHOU, KTRH, KPFT, KUT (Houston and Austin radio)