Lisa Graves

Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy:,,, and more.

Lisa Graves is the Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy, publisher of,,,,,, and other investigative sites.

She has served as a senior adviser in all three branches of the federal government and other posts.

She has also worked as an adjunct law professor at one of the top law schools in the country. Her former leadership positions include:

Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy/Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Justice (handling an array of civil and criminal policy issues as well as the staff leader of the working group on judicial nominations);
Chief Counsel for Nominations for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for the Chairman/Ranking Member Senator Patrick Leahy;
Senior Legislative Strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union (on national security);
Deputy Director of the Center for National Security Studies; and
Deputy Chief of the Article III Judges Division of the U.S. Courts (including oversight of the Financial Disclosure Office for judicial ethics).

Graves has testified as an expert witness on national security/homeland security and transparency issues before both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. She has also appeared as an expert on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNBC, BBC, C-SPAN, Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, and other news programs and on numerous radio shows, including National Public Radio and state public radio shows. Her analysis has been quoted in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Associated Press, Reuters, USA Today, Politico, Salon, The Nation, The Progressive, In These Times, Mother Jones, Vanity Fair, Congressional Quarterly, Roll Call, National Journal, Legal Times, Newsday, and Wired, among others, as well as online in The Huffington Post, Talking Points Memo, and other blog sites.

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