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Press Release

OpenTheGovernment Welcomes New Executive Director

WASHINGTON--The nonpartisan nonprofit OpenTheGovernment (OTG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Rosenberg as its new Executive Director. She will succeed Patrice McDermott on March 20, 2017, who is retiring after more than a decade leading the organization.

Lisa Rosenberg, Incoming OTG Executive Director, said:

“I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to lead OTG’s engaged community of organizations working to make the government more open and accountable. This work is more important than ever and I look forward to getting started.”

Rosenberg is an experienced nonprofit advocate and expert in transparency in government issues. Her career in public service includes eight years at the Sunlight Foundation, where she launched many of the organization’s advocacy initiatives.

She also spent many years working on campaign finance reform for then-Senator John Kerry and served as counsel for the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Special Investigation into Federal Election Activities. Rosenberg was also Director of the FEC Watch Project at the Center for Responsive Politics.

Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and Chair of the OTG Steering Committee, said:

“Lisa brings strong experience in public policy and advocacy to the vibrant community. I have no doubt she will help push the envelope to successfully build upon Patrice’s work to advance transparency in government.

All of us in the OTG community thank Patrice for her leadership over the past decade, during which time she significantly strengthened and grew the coalition. ”

Since 2006, Patrice McDermott has brought OTG to the forefront of progress on government transparency and accountability, including successful efforts to reform the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), ensure preservation of the Senate Torture Report, combat secrecy around surveillance programs in the wake of the Snowden revelations, and engage the openness community in such diverse policy areas as trade, immigration, and law enforcement accountability.