Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz is POGO’s Director of Public Policy. Liz develops and advances policy solutions to combat corruption and to promote openness and accountability in government. She strategizes the best way to translate POGO report findings into legislative reforms or executive action. She has participated in efforts to improve the Inspector General Act, the National Emergencies Act, lobbying and congressional ethics rules, whistleblower protections, the Freedom of Information Act, and other government accountability initiatives. She coordinates POGO’s broad advocacy portfolio and communicates POGO’s priorities to a variety of stakeholders including lawmakers, executive officials, the media, and POGO’s civil society partners.
Hempowicz is an expert on whistleblower protections, conflicts of interest, ethics, FOIA, separation of powers, and the National Emergencies Act. She has testified before Congress several times and has been cited recently in various news outlets, including CNBC, the Associated Press, Fox News, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, WNYC's “On the Media,” and Politico.
She earned her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2014, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Legislation & Policy Brief. She earned a B.A. in International Political Economy and Diplomacy at the University of Bridgeport in 2010, where she graduated magna cum laude. Elizabeth is licensed to practice law in the State of New York.
Liz is a 2022 Senior Practitioner Fellow at the University of Chicago's Center for Effective Government and serves as the Vice President of the Board of the DC Open Government Coalition.