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Subject Matter Experts

Sunlight has a number of spokespeople on staff who are subject matter experts in their field of work. Our experts can provide you with critical insight into the changing regulations and cutting-edge technologies that are transforming our government and the way that the public interacts with their elected officials. Contact the Communications team (at right) to arrange an interview or speaking opportunity.

  • Open Government and Leadership

    Ellen Miller

    Co-founder and Executive Director

    Ellen Miller is the co-founder and executive director of the Sunlight Foundation. With over 35 years experience, she is a nationally recognized expert on transparency and the influence of money in politics. As founder of the Center for Responsive Politics, Public Campaign and a Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Sunlight Foundation, Ellen provides unique insight into how government has been moved to open its data the use of new technologies for greater government accountability. She is a regular contributor on ABC's World News Tonight, CNN, Washington Post, USA Today and Wired.

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  • Technology And Technical Policy

    Tom Lee

    Sunlight Labs Director

    Tom Lee is the director of Sunlight Labs, the division of Sunlight charged with building technology to make government data more useful to the public. Tom has worked on government transparency in a variety of ways, from coding projects like Elena's Inbox to testifying on automated document declassification at the National Archives to consulting with the legislature on federal data quality issues. He is an expert in technology and technical policy, and his words and writing have appeared on CSPAN, The Washington Post, USA Today, NextGov, Federal News Radio, The American Prospect and others.

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  • Transparency Policy

    John Wonderlich

    Policy Director

    John Wonderlich is the policy director for the Sunlight Foundation and one of the nation's foremost advocates for open government. John spearheads Sunlight's goal of changing the government by opening up key data sources and information to make government more accountable to citizens. He is one of the foremost authorities on transparency policy, from legislation and accountability in Congress to ethics and information policy in the executive branch. John has spoken internationally on technology and transparency and has testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He has appeared on NPR, Fox News and C-SPAN, and his expertise has been cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post and other media outlets.

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  • Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Government Spending

    Bill Allison

    Editorial Director

    A veteran investigative reporter and editor, Bill Allison is the editorial director for Sunlight Foundation Reporting. Bill has spent the better part of his career reporting on lobbyist influence in Washington, campaign finance transparency and earmarks. Through his blogging and journalist trainings, Bill sheds light on the growing influence of lobbyists working on behalf of foreign governments, federal contracting issues and parsing data from personal financial disclosure forms. Bill has been a contributor on major cable news networks, the BBC, Roll Call, The Hill, Politico and other news outlets.

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  • Campaign Finance and U.S. Politics

    Kathy Kiely

    Managing Editor

    Kathy Kiely is the managing editor for the Sunlight Foundation, where she works with a team of reporters and data experts to empower other journalists and citizens with the group’s powerful transparency tools.

    Prior to joining Sunlight in 2011, Kiely was the managing editor for politics at the National Journal, where she worked helped assemble and train a joint multimedia campaign coverage team for NJ and CBS News. Before that, she spent nearly a dozen years covering Congress and national politics for USA TODAY.

    Kiely, who has covered every presidential campaign since 1980, was graduated from Princeton University cum laude, a member of the fifth class to admit women. She holds a masters degree in interactive journalism from American University.

    She has worked for The Pittsburgh Press (her hometown paper), headed Washington bureaus for The Houston Post and The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and was a White House correspondent for the New York Daily News. Kiely was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University in 1990-91.

    She has served on the Standing Committee of Correspondents, which handles press credentialing and logistics for Capitol Hill and the presidential nominating conventions, and is a member of the Gridiron Club, the National Press Club and is a trustee of The Daily Princetonian. She has served as a Ferris visiting professor of journalism at Princeton University and as an adjunct professor at American University and at George Washington University.

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  • Political Influence and Social Science

    Lee Drutman

    Senior Fellow

    Lee Drutman is a Senior Fellow at the Sunlight Foundation and an expert on lobbying, money in politics, and Congress. He is also an adjunct professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, and the University of California, Washington DC Center. He has appeared on NPR, C-Span, ABC News, and Bloomberg TV, among other television and radio outlets, and has been quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Political, The Hill, Roll Call, among many other news sources. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Brown University. Drutman has also worked as a research fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, an American Political Science Association fellow in the office of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and a staff writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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