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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.

  • John Wonderlich

    Acting Executive Director @johnwonderlich  

    John Wonderlich is acting executive 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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  • Kat Duffy

    Labs Director @rightsduff  

    Kat Duffy is the director of Sunlight Labs. She comes to Sunlight from the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL), where she provided strategic oversight of foreign assistance grants, including projects aimed at promoting transparency, democratic participation, electoral reform, governmental accountability and the free flow of information.

    She worked closely with DRL’s internet freedom team and partners in the civic tech community to develop technology projects that promote equitable and effective democratic participation. She helped design and oversee a technology grant portfolio encompassing digital security trainings and assessments, data visualization, tool development for independent media organizations, customized application adaptation and end-user assessments, software localization, and support for internet freedom and open data advocacy initiatives.

    Prior to joining DRL, Kat spent three years in Cuba as a political officer at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. During law school, she spent a semester as a clinical advisor at the University of Cape Town’s Refugee Rights Clinic and completed internships with the Tahirih Justice Center and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

    Kat received her B.A. in English from Yale University and her JD from the University of Michigan, where she was a Darrow Scholar. She joined the Truman National Security Project in 2015 as a Security Fellow, serves on the Board of Young Trustees for Atlas Service Corps and is a member of the New York Bar Association. She is fluent in Spanish.

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  • Richard Skinner

    Policy Analyst

    Richard Skinner is our Money-in-Politics policy analyst. He previously served as a research analyst for the Campaign Finance Institute, authored More Than Money: Interest Group Action in Congressional Elections (2007, Rowman & Littlefield), and has written several articles and book chapters concerning American government. He is an expert on “dark money” and other campaign finance issues. He has appeared on radio and television at both the local and national levels, and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, and numerous other media outlets. He is a graduate of Hamilton College, and has a MA and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

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  • Melissa Yeager

    Senior Staff Writer

    Melissa Yeager is a Senior Staff Writer at the Sunlight Foundation.

    She comes to the Sunlight Foundation with a background in television news. She has worked as a reporter at television stations in Topeka, Kan., Fort Smith, Ark., Springfield, Mo., Fort Myers, Fla., and Kansas City, Mo. Her regional Emmy-nominated online series “The Dark State” showed how law enforcement in Kansas were able to operate under a veil of secret unlike any other state because probable cause affidavits were not public record. The series showed how people spent thousands of dollars fighting in court for information about their own arrests and searches in their own homes. The series helped propel Kansas state lawmakers to pass a partial opening of those records.

    Melissa is a recipient of two regional Emmy awards, a regional Edward R. Murrow award and was part of the investigative team at KSHB in Kansas City awarded Columbia University’s prestigious Alfred I. duPont award. She is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at American University.

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  • Stephen Larrick

    Open Data Project Lead @slarrick  

    Stephen Larrick is Open Data Project Lead for the Sunlight Foundation, where he works as part of the policy team to promote transparency and open government at the local level. His current efforts focus on facilitating the adoption of meaningful and sustainable open data policies in mid-sized american cities participating in the What Works Cities initiative.

    Prior to joining Sunlight, Larrick was Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Central Falls, Rhode Island where helped lead a successful turnaround effort during a time of extreme fiscal crisis. In addition to his duties as city planner, he worked closely with two state-appointed receivers and one mayor to rethink local government service delivery with a heavy emphasis on open and inclusive governance. Larrick received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Urban Studies and Political Philosophy from Brown University.

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  • LaVita Tuff

    Policy Analyst @lavitatuff  

    LaVita Tuff is a Sunlight Foundation policy analyst working to improve online access to government information. Her focus is on analyzing and writing about government data disclosure in addition to providing feedback on adoption and implementation of open data, open meetings and open government policies at the state and municipal levels.

    Previously, LaVita worked as an Economic Development Specialist for the City of Baltimore. Prior to that she served as Mayoral Fellow to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and worked on Capitol Hill. She is a graduate of Tennessee State University, the University of New Orleans Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, and the University of Baltimore School of Law.

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