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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.

  • Christopher Gates


    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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  • John Wonderlich

    Policy Director @johnwonderlich  

    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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  • Bill Allison

    Senior Fellow

    A veteran investigative reporter and editor, Bill Allison is the senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation. 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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  • Emily Shaw

    National Policy Manager @emilydshaw  

    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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