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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.

  • Democratic Theory and Practice, Political and Civic Engagement

    Chris Gates

    President

    Chris Gates is the new president of the Sunlight Foundation.

    Gates is a thought leader in the fields of democratic theory and practice and political and civic engagement. For the past three decades he has been a leading voice for strengthening democratic processes and structures and developing new approaches to both engagement and decision-making. Gates also speaks and teaches extensively around the country on the topics of civic engagement and democratic theory, history and practice.

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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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  • Lobbying and Shadow Lobbying, International Political Transparency, Campaign Finance

    Lisa Rosenberg

    Lisa Rosenberg

    Lisa Rosenberg is Sunlight's Government Affairs Consultant, lobbying Congress to make legislative changes to improve transparency in government. She has extensive experience in the legislative branch, having worked for many years on and off Capitol Hill. As a Legislative Assistant for Senator John Kerry, Lisa advised the senator on issues relating to technology, consumer protection, campaign finance reform and judicial nominations. As Counsel for the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee's Special Investigation into campaign finance irregularities, Lisa investigated illegal and improper campaign finance activities during the 1996 federal election and coordinated hearings for Ranking Member John Glenn. Lisa has appeared on C-SPAN and NPR, and has been quoted in the Washington Post, Politico and others.

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  • Municipal Policy, State-Level Campaign Finance Law, Open Data Policy

    Emily Shaw

    National Policy Manager

    Emily Shaw is the National Policy Manager at the Sunlight Foundation and oversees its state and local policy work. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Brown University. She most recently served as an assistant professor of political science at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. In the past she has worked for a range of civil and human rights organizations including Human Rights Watch, the ACLU, the American Friends Service Committee and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Her recent writing and speaking has focused on issues of civic technology and democracy, best practices for open data, voting policy, municipal tax policy and campaign finance.

    Emily has been quoted in USA Today, the American Prospect, the Minneapolis Star Tribune , GovExec and more.

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