About the Bloggers

BennettAmy Bennett joined OGIS at the end of December 2014. She spent more than six years at OpenTheGovernment where she was the Assistant Director. Amy has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and worked extensively on building coalition support for open government policies. Amy has a Master’s of Public Policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown and earned her undergraduate degree from Tufts University.  Amy enjoys running, being largely ignored by her cat, and hanging out with her dog, Dexter.

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. She has a Master of Library Science degree from Syracuse University and earned her undergraduate degree in education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (go Badgers!). In her spare time, Carrie is almost always in motion: either running, walking her beloved mutt Flossie, on a yoga mat, or chasing her toddler daughter.

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.

miriamnisbetBefore she became the first Director of OGIS, in September 2009, Miriam Nisbet worked for two years at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris as Director of the Information Society Division.
From 1999 to 2007, Miriam was Legislative Counsel for the American Library Association in ALA’s Washington Office, working primarily on copyright and other intellectual property issues raised by the digital information environment. She was Special Counsel for Information Policy, National Archives and Records Administration, from 1994 to 1999. Prior to that, Miriam had served since 1982 as the Deputy Director of the Office of Information and Privacy, U.S. Department of Justice. Miriam received a BA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a JD degree from the University’s School of Law. In her spare time, Miriam and her husband Michael are puppy raisers for the organization Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. Miriam retired in November 2014.

corinnazarekCorinna Zarek joined OGIS in November 2009 after three years with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press where, as its Freedom of Information Director, she specialized in access to government records under the Freedom of Information Act and state open records laws.
Corinna worked with government transparency advocates to gain passage of the OPEN Government Act of 2007, through which OGIS was created. Previously, Corinna spent a year with a small Washington, D.C. law firm working on administrative law issues and she has also reported for The Des Moines Register. Outside the office, Corinna sits on the board of the DC Open Government Coalition and teaches as an adjunct professor at American University and the University of Maryland. She earned a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Iowa and remains a faithful Hawkeye, playing on the school’s alumni flag football team in Washington.

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