Relying on the Freedom of Information Act and other public records laws, American Oversight does the job that Congress refuses to do, exposing unethical conduct throughout this administration and demanding investigations. We file open records requests and sue agencies to uncover misconduct that otherwise would not see daylight and harness the independent power of the courts to force the administration to obey the law.
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Austin Evers, Executive Director
Evers founded American Oversight in 2017 to leverage his experience as a litigator and government attorney to promote accountability in government. He served most recently as Senior Counsel in the Department of State for oversight and transparency matters where he advised the Department on responding to congressional, law enforcement, advocacy group, and media investigations. Prior to that as, Evers was a litigator at Williams & Connolly LLP and clerked for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Federal District Court of Massachusetts. Evers graduated summa cum laude from Boston College Law School.
Melanie Sloan, Senior Advisor
Sloan is a former federal prosecutor and Capitol Hill staffer, where she worked for now Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, as well as then Senator Joe Biden, and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers. Ms. Magazine referred to her as the “most feared woman in Washington,” she was named one of Washington’s top grassroots lobbyists by The Hill for six consecutive years, and Rolling Stone included her as one of its “100 Agents of Change.” Sloan started Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which she led for more than a decade.
John Bies, Chief Counsel
Bies served for eight years in the Obama administration at the Department of Justice, first as Counselor to Attorney General Eric Holder and then spending seven years as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel where he advised White House and executive branch officials on FOIA, congressional oversight, executive privilege, ethics, separation of powers, and other constitutional, statutory, and administrative law issues. Prior to his service in the government, Bies handled complex civil litigation and investigation and enforcement matters as a partner at Covington & Burling LLP and clerked for Judge Sandra Lynch on the First Circuit. He received his law degree with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School.
Cerissa Cafasso, Counsel
Cafasso began her legal career at McDermott Will & Emery focused on complex civil and antitrust investigations, including negotiations with the Department of Justice. She also dedicated time to pro bono matters. Cafasso later served in the Obama administration at the Department of Labor as Counsel to the Solicitor and Counselor to the Deputy Secretary, providing legal advice on oversight investigations and whistleblower protections. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Pooja Chaudhuri, Staff Attorney
Prior to joining American Oversight, Chaudhuri served as Fellow/Associate Counsel with the Education Opportunities Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in Washington, D.C. At the Lawyers’ Committee, she worked on a higher education desegregation trial in federal district court for the District of Maryland; helped launch a national initiative to provide all children, regardless of their immigration status, access to K-12 education; gave legal advice to parents with children in special education programs; and worked on the school-to-prison pipeline. Chaudhuri received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2016. She received her B.A. with honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. In law school, she served as Articles Editor on the California Law Review.
*Admitted in California. Practice supervised by American Oversight’s Chief Counsel, a member of the D.C. Bar.
Lane Corrigan, Communications Associate
Corrigan most recently worked as a fellow at Bully Pulpit Interactive, a digital communications and advertising agency, and as a press intern for the Democratic staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. She has also interned at the Project On Government Oversight and at a public defender’s office in Portland, Oregon. Corrigan graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Claremont McKenna College.
Sara Kaiser Creighton, Counsel
Creighton practiced law at Williams & Connolly where her practice focused on complex civil litigation, trial and appellate advocacy, and pro bono services. Creighton clerked for Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and for Chief Judge Sharon Prost on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Ty Diringer, Staff Assistant
Diringer most recently worked on the 2016 Hillary for America campaign. Previously, he was a fellow with Venture for America and an entrepreneurship fellow at Oberlin College. As an undergraduate at Oberlin, he helped launch and grow two not-for-profit organizations.
Beth France, Counsel
France practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers, with a focus on internal and government investigations, corporate compliance, and government ethics. She later served as Senior Litigation and Oversight Counsel at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School.
Daniel McGrath, Staff Attorney*
Prior to joining American Oversight, McGrath practiced law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison with a focus on state and federal investigations, civil antitrust litigation and pro bono representation. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. During law school, McGrath interned in the White House Counsel’s office and served as a student attorney in health and education policy clinics.
*Admitted in New York. Practice supervised by American Oversight’s Chief Counsel, a member of the D.C. Bar.
Clark Pettig, Communications Director
Pettig is an experienced communications strategist who served most recently as the press secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation and was previously senior vice president at Crosscut Strategies, a Washington, DC strategic communications firm. Pettig began his career on Capitol Hill as a spokesperson and advisor to several members of Congress, and in 2012 he oversaw communications in Michigan and Virginia for President Obama’s reelection campaign. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and earned his master’s from the University of Florida.
Sarah Studley, Investigative Attorney*
Studley most recently served as Counsel and Senior Policy Adviser to the Michigan Senate Democrats, where her work focused on the Flint water crisis. She was responsible for developing caucus strategy for the water crisis, including planning and preparing members for legislative hearings and conducting an in-house investigation. Prior to her work with the Michigan Senate, Studley worked at the Franklin Forum and American Bridge 21st Century. She earned her master of public policy and law degrees from Georgetown University.
*Admitted only in Michigan. Practice limited to providing internal counsel; supervised by American Oversight’s Chief Counsel, a member of the D.C. Bar.
Christina Tudor, Digital Associate
Tudor has previously worked at a variety of independent media journalism outlets and nonprofits in both DC and upstate NY. She worked as a Civic Engagement Intern and fellow for Young People (YP4) and as a Communications Intern for the Institute for Public Accuracy funded by Ithaca College’s Park Center for Independent Media. During all four years of college, she organized events and created social media plans for her local Planned Parenthood. Tudor graduated from Ithaca College in 2017 with a double-major in writing and politics.