About the Bloggers

BennettAmy Bennett formerly served on OGIS’s Compliance Team.




Jessie Hartman joined OGIS in October 2019. Jessie previously worked as a Government Information Specialist in the Special Access and FOIA office at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Jessie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and religious studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She earned her Master of Science in Information and Master of Arts in history from the Catholic University of America. Jessie enjoys reading and doing puzzles.

Christa Lemelin joined OGIS in August 2013. Christa started her career at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) as an archives technician in the Initial Processing and Declassification Division in January 2009. In May 2010, she joined the National Declassification Center’s FOIA/Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) Division where she processed FOIA and MDR requests. Christa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Wellesley College and her Master of Science in Information degree from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). Christa enjoys playing and watching soccer, running, lifting weights, and going to the gym.

carriemcguireCarrie McGuire joined OGIS in March of 2010 after six years working with the FOIA requester community at the American Library Association where she was Director of the Program on Networks in the Office for Information Technology Policy.

kirstenmitchellKirsten Mitchell joined OGIS in May 2010. She spent two years at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a year at the Sunshine in Government Initiative, a coalition of media groups that worked to gain passage of the OPEN Government Act of 2007, which created OGIS. A former journalist, most recently with the New York Times Co., Kirsten frequently used state and federal records to shine a light on how government operates. Her involvement in a federal press freedom case fueled her interest in transparency issues. Kirsten earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mary Washington College and her Master of Arts degree in journalism and public affairs from American University. Kirsten enjoys paddling dragon boats and reading fiction in her spare time.

miriamnisbetMiriam Nisbet served as OGIS’s first Director.





corinnazarekCorinna Zarek served as OGIS’s first Attorney Advisor.

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