Steering Committee & Staff

Steering Committee Members

  • Steven Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists
  • Gary D. Bass, Bauman Foundation
  • Tom Blanton, National Security Archive
  • Rick Blum, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Danielle Brian, Project on Government Oversight*
  • Kevin Goldberg, American Society of News Editors
  • Conrad Martin, Fund for Constitutional Government**
  • Michael D. Ostrolenk, Liberty Coalition
  • David Sobel, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Thomas Susman, National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC)
  • Anne Weismann, Citizen for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
  • John Wonderlich, Sunlight Foundation

* chair
** ex-officio member


Lisa Rosenberg, Executive Director

Lisa Rosenberg is an experienced nonprofit advocate and expert in transparency in government issues. Lisa’s career in public service includes eight years advocating for transparency to promote accountability at the Sunlight Foundation, launching many of the organization’s advocacy initiatives. 

Lisa’s many years of experience endeavoring to strengthen our democratic institutions include her work on campaign finance reform issues for Senator John Kerry, her position as counsel for the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Special Investigation into Federal Election Activities, and her work as the Director of the FEC Watch Project at the Center for Responsive Politics. Most recently, Lisa has served as the Senior Director for Public Policy at NAFSA: Association of International Educators, where she led the organization’s democracy reform agenda and provided strategic direction to the association’s public policy staff in order to advance federal policies that lead to a more welcoming and globally engaged United States.

Jesse Franzblau, Policy Analyst

Jesse Franzblau carries out policy analysis, conducts monitoring and evaluation of federal information policy, and helps coordinate the OTG coalition in the promotion of stronger openness policies. 

Franzblau has been a long-time freedom of information advocate specializing in use of transparency laws to document U.S. national security policy and human rights violations. Prior to joining OTG he worked as a consultant for the Open Society Justice Initiative, as an investigator for the Center for Justice and Accountability, and a researcher for the National Security Archive – promoting access to information and open government in the U.S. and abroad. He has written for a number of publications on U.S. foreign policy, government transparency and the intersection between freedom of information and human rights truth and justice efforts.

He holds a Master in Public Policy from the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and a B.A. from the University of Colorado.

Emily Manna, Policy Analyst

Emily Manna’s policy work centers on transparency and accountability for U.S. military and national security programs, records management and data preservation, and transparency as it relates to immigration and civil liberties policies. Emily also coordinates with coalition members, implementing OTG’s programmatic activities. Prior to joining OTG, Emily focused on civil liberties and human rights issues in U.S. national security and foreign policy, and worked at the Arab American Institute and the American University Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies. 

Emily holds a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University, where her research focused on the U.S. drone program, and a B.A. from American University.