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Leadership

Robert Weissman, Public Citizen President


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Weissman is an expert on economic, health care, trade and globalization, intellectual property and regulatory policy, and issues related to corporate responsibility and commercialism. He has written extensively on corporate accountability, access to medicines, corporate influence over the political process, and World Trade Organization and regulation of the financial markets.

Background:

  • Director of the corporate accountability organization Essential Action
  • Editor, Multinational Monitor, a magazine that tracks corporate actions worldwide
  • Public interest attorney at Center for Study of Responsive Law

Media Appearances:

Weissman has appeared on CBS, CNN, PBS, CNBC, NPR and Marketplace Radio, and has been published and quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Time Magazine.

Good Government

Lisa Gilbert, Director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch Division


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Lisa Gilbert is the director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division. She advocates for government transparency and integrity, financial reform, civil justice, and consumer protection.

 

Background:

  • Previously, Gilbert was the Democracy Advocate for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, where she focused on good government, ethics, and campaign finance reform.
  • Prior to U.S. PIRG, Gilbert was a campaign director who organized outreach campaigns to pass legislation on social justice and environmental issues for organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, Sierra Club and Environment Washington.

Media Appearances:

Gilbert has testified before Congress and been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and NPR. She was also a featured contributor to the National Journal's "Expert Blog" on lobbying and ethics, and writes frequently for The Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, and Think Progress.

Christine Hines, Consumer and Civil Justice Counsel


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Christine Hines advocates before Congress and the federal agencies to improve consumer product safety and individuals; access to court, addressing issues such as the implementation of the national consumer product safety overhaul law, pre-dispute mandatory arbitration, federal preemption/medical device safety legislation and medical liability/patient safety.

Background:

  • Former reporter and editor at various organizations, including Legal Times, covering food and drug law, personal injury, the business of law, international trade and intellectual property.
  • Began career practicing business/insurance litigation at a South Florida law firm.

Media Appearances:

Hines has been quoted in publications such as the National Law Journal, McClatchy Newspapers, CNN Money, BNA and the News Observer.

Craig Holman, Government Affairs Lobbyist


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Craig Holman, Ph.D. serves as Public Citizen's Capitol Hill lobbyist on ethics, lobbying and campaign finance rules.

Holman is an expert on campaign finance reform, governmental ethics, lobbying practices and the impact of money in politics.

Read a more detailed bio of Craig Holman.

Background:

  • Senior Policy Analyst at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
  • Assisted in drafting campaign finance reform legislation
  • Author of numerous reports and research projects on the initiative process and the impact of money in politics
  • Served as an expert witness or principal researcher in several court cases defending campaign finance laws, including McConnell v. FEC

Media Appearances:

Holman has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Pacifica Radio and NPR, and has been quoted in publications such as The National Journal, USA Today, Roll Call, Congressional Quarterly and The Associated Press.

Taylor Lincoln, Research Director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch Division


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Taylor Lincoln has authored or coordinated several ground-breaking reports on campaign finance, civil justice, financial reform, consumer product safety and other regulatory issues.

Lincoln has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post, among other publications. Lincoln has appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR and other broadcast media outlets. He writes occasional op-eds for the Huffington Post.

Read a more detailed bio of Taylor Lincoln.

Background:

  • Wrote for Washington, D.C. area newspapers, including The Federal Paper, The Potomac Tech Journal and the Montgomery Journal.
  • Master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland
  • B.A. in English from the University of Michigan

Media Appearances:

Lincoln has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post, among other publications. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR and other broadcast media outlets.

Amit Narang, Regulatory Policy Advocate


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Amit Narang is an expert on issues related to the federal regulatory process.

Background:

  • Articles Editor of The Administrative Law Review, a widely circulated legal journal focused on regulatory law and policy
  • J.D. American University-Washington College of Law
  • B.A. University of Pennsylvania

Media Appearances:

Narang has been quoted in The New York Times and BNA.

Bartlett Naylor, Financial Policy Advocate


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Bartlett Naylor is an expert on corporate governance, financial markets and shareholder rights.

Background:

  • Consultant for Capital Strategies Consulting, Inc.
  • Director of the Office of Corporate Affairs for Teamsters Union
  • Chief of Investigations for the U.S Senate Banking Committee

Media Appearances:

Naylor has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Hill, The Washington Times, Dow Jones, Minnesota Public Radio, Daerings Navingslv and El Mercurio, among other media.



Keith Wrightson, Worker Safety and Health Advocate with Public Citizen's Congress Watch Division



Keith Wrightson is an expert on worker safety and health issues for Public Citizen's Congress Watch Division. Keith has performed research for Public Citizen on issues including the Texas fertilizer plant explosion, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, and worker's injuries and fatalities.

Background:

  • Lead organizer at the Coalition for Responsible UMass Employment
  • Projects coordinator at Community Labor United
  • Master’s degree in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Media Appearances:

Wrightson has been featured in The Huffington Post, Bloomberg BNA and In These Times Magazine, and has been interviewed on Pacifica Radio, NPR and Yahoo! Finance.

Health and Safety

Michael Carome, MD, Director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group



Dr. Michael Carome is an expert on issues of drug and medical device safety, pharmacy compounding, Food and Drug Administration oversight, healthcare policy, and the protection of human research subjects.

Background:

  • Deputy director, Public Citizen's Health Research Group, January 2011-May 2013
  • Associate director for regulatory affairs at the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) within the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Staff nephrologist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Department of Medicine
  • Director of the Division of Compliance Oversight within OHRP
  • M.D. from Case Western Reserve University
  • Internal medicine resident and nephrology fellow at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • Guest researcher at the Renal Cell Biology Section of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health
  • Fellow in the American College of Physicians

Media Appearances:

Carome has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, Reuters, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, The Boston Globe, British Medical Journal, and Science. He has appeared on National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show and NBC Nightly News.



Sidney Wolfe, MD, Founder and Senior Adviser of Public Citizen's Health Research Group


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Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe is an expert on issues of drug safety, health care policy, Food and Drug Administration and hospital oversight, OSHA, medical devices, Medicare and Medicaid and doctor discipline.

Background:

  • Director, Public Citizen's Health Research Group,1971-2013
  • Member of the Food and Drug Administration's Drug Safety and Risk Management Committee since August 2008
  • Researcher at the National Institutes of Health specializing in aspects of blood-clotting and alcoholism
  • Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Media Appearances:

Wolfe has appeared on CNBC, CBS, NPR, ABC, NBC, PBS and Fox News, and has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

Sammy Almashat, MD, MPH, Researcher with Public Citizen's Health Research Group


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Dr. Sammy Almashat's areas of research include drug safety and policy, and occupational health.

Background:

  • Preventive Medicine Residency and MPH degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Florida
  • M.D. from West Virginia University

Media Appearances:

Almashat has been quoted in EHSToday and InsideOSHAOnline, among other media.

Sarah Sorscher, JD, MPH, Attorney with Public Citizen's Health Research Group


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Sarah Sorscher is an expert on consumer health and safety issues, including regulation of compounding pharmacies, Medicare coverage of medical products, medical device regulation and ethics in clinical trials.

Background:

  • Clerk for the Honorable Stephen Glickman, Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • Graduate cum laude from Harvard Law School/ School of Public Health, 2010
  • Board of Directors, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines

Media Appearances:

Sorscher has been quoted or published in the Washington Post, USA Today, Chattanooga Times Free Press, and other publications, appeared on HuffPost Live, and presented before members of the FDA Medical Devices Advisory Committee and Food and Drug Law Institute.

Global Access to Medicines

Peter Maybarduk, Director of Public Citizen's Global Access to Medicines Program



Peter Maybarduk directs Public Citizen's Global Access to Medicines Program, which helps developing countries overcome patent-based and other pharmaceutical monopolies in order to promote access to medicines for all. Maybarduk has provided in-depth and in person technical and strategic assistance to partners on every continent. His work has yielded major HIV/AIDS medicine price reductions, new state access to medicines policies, and global shifts toward anti-counterfeiting policies that safeguard generic competition. Maybarduk's analysis and advocacy have been instrumental in developing widespread opposition to measures in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement that would harm public interests including health and internet freedom.   

Maybarduk studied law at the University of California at Berkeley and anthropology at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He also directs International Professional Partnerships for Sierra Leone (IPPSL), a non-profit dedicated to supporting public sector development in one of the world's least developed countries. Maybarduk is a composer and performer of music. See: www.maybarduk.com.

Background:

  • Co-founder and coordinator of several volunteer-run advocacy and assistance groups, including International Professional Partnerships for Sierra Leone (IPPSL), dedicated to supporting public sector development in one of the world's least developed countries.
  • He studied law at the University of California at Berkeley and anthropology at the College of William and Mary.

Media Appearances:

Maybarduk has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Inside U.S. Trade, American Journal of Law and Medicine, as well as many international media outlets.

Energy

Tyson Slocum, Director of Public Citizen's Energy Program


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Tyson Slocum is an expert in issues dealing with regulation and deregulation of energy markets, the impact of mergers and lax regulations over electricity, petroleum and natural gas and federal energy legislation.

Read a more detailed bio of Tyson Slocum. See some of his climate and energy presentations.

Background:

  • Member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee since May 2009
  • Policy Analyst at Citizens for Tax Justice

Media Appearances:

Slocum has appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News and Comedy Central's "Colbert Report," and has been quoted in publications such as Forbes, CNNMoney.com, The Hill, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times.

Allison Fisher, Outreach Director for Public Citizen's Energy Program


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Allison Fisher is an expert in engaging and organizing communities to challenge dirty energy sources at the local and state level and on issues such as the relapse of nuclear energy.

Background:

  • Master's degree in Macro Social Work (Community Organizing) from the University of Connecticut
  • B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Rural Youth at Risk Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala

Media Appearances:

Fisher has been quoted in publications such as The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun and Bloomberg.com; has been interviewed on Pacifica Radio; and has presented at conferences such as Greenfest and Power Shift.

Trade

Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch


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Lori M. Wallach is an expert on the operations and outcomes of trade policies such as NAFTA, WTO, CAFTA and more. She is steeped in the domestic and international politics of current trade negotiations and disputes. Wallach works closely with Congress and civil society, scholars, and activists in the U.S and developing countries to foster the growing debate about implications of different models of globalization on jobs, off-shoring, wages, the environment, public health and food safety; equality and social justice and democratically accountable governance.

Read a more detailed bio of Lori Wallach.

Background:

  • Author of numerous articles and books, most recently Whose Trade Organization?
  • Founder and board member of Citizens Trade Campaign
  • Prior to law school, Wallach worked for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Media Appearances:

Wallach has appeared on CNN, NPR, ABC, CNBC, Fox News, PBS, Bloomberg TV, BBC and C-SPAN, and has been quoted publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, BNA and National Journal.

Legal Issues

Allison Zieve, Director of the Public Citizen Litigation Group


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Allison Zieve is an expert in issues such as public health litigation, regulatory law, open government, federal preemption, class action abuse and the First Amendment.

Read a more detailed bio of Allison Zieve.

Background:

  • Staff attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group since 1994
  • Has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal appellate and trial courts
  • Published articles on FDA regulation, tobacco, preemption and the Freedom of Information Act

Media Appearances:

Zieve has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The National Law Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Hill, Legal Times, Newsday, The Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Paul Alan Levy, Attorney


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Paul Alan Levy is an expert in issues of Internet free speech, removal jurisdiction, and the representation of lawyers in trouble; from sanctions, contempt findings and the like.

Read a more detailed bio of Paul Levy.

Background:

  • Clerk for the Honorable Wade H. McCree, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Special Assistant to Solicitor General McCree
  • Chair of the subcommittee on domain name litigation of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section

Media Appearances:

Levy had been quoted in publications such as Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Sun, The Dallas Morning News, Editor & Publisher, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Scott Michelman, Attorney


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Scott Michelman's practice at Public Citizen focuses on consumer law. He is also an expert in the areas of judicial procedure and jurisdiction, constitutional law, and civil rights litigation.

Background:

  • Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Adjunct faculty at American University Washington College of Law, Santa Clara Law School and University of California at Santa Cruz
  • Clinical Teaching Fellow, Seton Hall Law School Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation Clinic
  • Clerk for the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Media Appearances:

Michelman has been quoted in national television, radio, and print media outlets including CNN, NPR, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters, Salon, and the National Law Journal. His legal writing or commentary has been published in the Harvard Law Review, UCLA Law Review, the Federal Sentencing Reporter, the Huffington Post, and Slate.

Julie Murray, Attorney



Julie Murray is an expert in issues of administrative law, open government, civil rights, and the First Amendment.

Read a more detailed bio of Julie Murray.

Background:

  • Margaret Fund Fellow in Education and Employment, National Women's Law Center
  • Clerk for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Media Appearances:

Murray has been quoted in publications such as The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The Washington Times, Politico, and The National Law Journal.

Scott Nelson, Attorney


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Scott Nelson is an expert in issues of access to presidential records, Freedom of Information Act cases, campaign finance law, administrative law, OSHA standards, class action lawsuits and practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Read a more detailed bio of Scott Nelson.

Background:

  • Partner at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, LLP
  • Clerk for the Honorable Byron R. White, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

Media Appearances:

Nelson has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Recorder, The Legal Intelligencer, Legal Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education and The Oregonian.

Adina Rosenbaum, Attorney and Director of the Public Citizen Litigation Group's Freedom of Information Clearinghouse


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Adina Rosenbaum is an expert in issues dealing with access to records under the Freedom of Information Act, open government, consumer safety and First Amendment rights.

Read a more detailed bio of Adina Rosenbaum.

Background:

  • Clerk for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Former editor of the New York University Law Review

Media Appearances:

Rosenbaum has appeared on NPR and has been quoted in publications such as The Associated Press, University Wire, The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, The Washington Times and Legal Times.

Public Citizen Texas

Tom "Smitty" Smith, Director of Public Citizen's Texas Office


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Tom "Smitty" Smith is an expert in issues dealing with clean air, environmental and energy policy, coal, solar and wind policy, air polluting emissions and all things Texas.

Read a more detailed bio of Tom "Smitty" Smith.

Background:

  • Board Member for Clean Water Action
  • Board Member for the Texas Wind Power Coalition
  • Board Member for Texans for Public Justice
  • Board Member for Campaigns for People
  • Board Member for the Clean Energy Project of CEERT
  • Former Director of the Houston Foodbank

Media Appearances:

Smith has appeared on many local Texas news channels, including CBS 42, KXAN-TV and KVUE-TV, and has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, The Associated Press and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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