American Oversight is a non-partisan, nonprofit ethics watchdog and is the top Freedom of Information Act litigator investigating the Trump administration. Since our launch in March 2017, we have filed more than 50 public records lawsuits, uncovering and publishing tens of thousands of documents including senior officials’ calendars, emails, and expense records. Relying on FOIA and other public records laws, we file requests uncover misconduct that otherwise would not see daylight, and then we harness the independent power of the courts to force the administration to obey the law.
With the House of Representatives poised to change hands and begin aggressively investigating the Trump administration for the first time, American Oversight launched the Parallel Investigations Initiative. We’ve filed more than 100 targeted FOIA requests seeking documents likely to be investigated by Congress, and if the Trump administration tries to obstruct or ignore congressional subpoenas, we’ll be going to court to compel the release of public documents and force transparency.
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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.
Katherine Anthony, Staff Attorney*
Anthony joined American Oversight from Goodwin Procter, where she focused on complex civil litigation, securities litigation, and internal and regulatory investigations. She has criminal litigation experience, as well, having served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Massachusetts and interned at state and federal public defenders’ offices in Massachusetts and North Carolina. Anthony received her law degree from Duke University.
*Admitted in Massachusetts. Practice supervised by American Oversight’s Chief Counsel, a member of the D.C. Bar.
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 brings significant experience in government negotiations and litigation to American Oversight. As counsel, she maintains an active litigation docket, including representing a number of external plaintiffs, and effectively engages with agencies to facilitate the release of records in the public interest. Prior to joining American Oversight, Cafasso most recently served in the Obama Administration at the Department of Labor as Counselor to the Deputy Secretary and Counsel to the Solicitor, providing legal advice on oversight investigations and whistleblower protections. She began her legal career at McDermott Will & Emery focused on complex civil and antitrust investigations, including negotiations with the Department of Justice. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Shine Cho, Researcher
Cho most recently served as an associate at an opposition research firm supporting progressive campaigns in the 2018 Midterms. Bridging a call for government transparency and policy analysis, Cho previously aided quantitative research on the Trump administration’s changes to immigration policy, using FOIA as a tool to acquire data. Cho graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, San Diego.
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, Deputy Director for Outreach and Operations
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.
Clay Goode, Paralegal
Prior to joining American Oversight, Goode worked as a paralegal at a union-side law firm, where his work primarily focused on supporting ERISA-based litigation. He also previously worked as an intern for the U.S. Department of State in Astana, Kazakhstan. Goode graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia, where he studied Government and Russian.
Miranda Keating, Investigations Director
Keating previously served as the research director at People For the American Way, where she ran the Right Wing Watch project. In that role, she investigated and reported on the activities of far-right groups and their influence on law and policy. Before that, she worked in several communications and research roles at PFAW and as a campaigns and elections researcher at Congressional Quarterly
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.
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.
Kelsey Speers, Investigative Researcher
Speers previously served as a political analyst for the government focused on national security, where she produced assessments on foreign political crises to inform policymakers’ decisionmaking. She also worked in legislative affairs, bridging US national security policy, mission operations, and congressional oversight. Speers is a graduate of Dartmouth College and is currently pursuing a masters of public policy at Georgetown University.
Sarah Studley, Investigative Counsel*
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 For (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.
Hart Wood, Staff Attorney
Before joining American Oversight, Wood practiced law at Crowell & Moring, where he counseled federal and state government contractors on regulatory compliance, criminal investigations, and contract litigation. He also maintained an active pro bono practice, with a focus on affordable housing and immigration. Wood received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.