Reflecting on Sunlight


Next Friday will be my last day as Sunlight Foundation’s policy counsel. On June 3rd, I join CREW as policy director. It’s been an amazing four years.

I joined Sunlight when it was less than half its current age and had fewer than half as many staff. At the time, I was the second member of the policy team, and our focus was legislative branch transparency. Since then, Sunlight’s advocacy has expanded to the federal executive branch, municipal governments, and foreign nations.

All the while, we’ve brought our vision of technology-facilitated transparency to a global audience, and transformed a technology-focused nonprofit with a policy sideline to a policy-focused nonprofit that uses technology to change the world.

I’ve had a front seat to that world-wide transformation. We’ve cheered as the House of Representatives embraced the public’s right to unfettered access to legislative information. We’ve applauded the White House’s Open Government Directive and Open Data initiative. We’ve encouraged the formation of a 120-member 80-nation network of parliamentary monitoring organizations. And we’ve been involved as important legislation, like the DATA Act, ACMRA, the DISCLOSE Act, CRS Electronic Accessibility Resolution, POIA, Lobbying Disclosure Enhancement Act, and many others, as they have worked their way through the political system.

Our work isn’t done. Our work is far from done.

My new employer, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), uses different tools to promote transparency, ethics, and accountability in government, even as much of the mission overlaps. I’m looking forward to working with Sunlight and all members of the transparency community to continue the good fight.

I cannot sufficiently express my gratitude to Ellen Miller, John Wonderlich, and everyone at Sunlight (past and present) for making my time here so rewarding. It has been a pleasure. I’ll see you on the Hill.