Who We Are

Lisa Rosenberg, Executive Director

Lisa Rosenberg is an experienced nonprofit advocate and expert in accountable government. As Executive Director of Open The Government, Lisa has diversified and expanded the coalition, broadening the scope of the organization’s work, spearheading the organizations Blueprint for Accountability and its effort to ensure accountability is a tool that can address racial inequities in policy-making.

Lisa has devoted her career to strengthening democracy.   She launched many transparency initiatives at the Sunlight Foundation, addressed campaign finance reform issues for Senator John Kerry, as counsel for the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Special Investigation into Federal Election Activities, and as the Director of the FEC Watch Project at the Center for Responsive Politics.  Lisa also served as the Senior Director for Public Policy at NAFSA: Association of International Educators, where she led the organization’s democracy reform agenda. She has been quoted or published in numerous media outlets, including the Associated Press, Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Newsweek, C-SPAN, Politico, USA Today, The Hill, Salon, PBS NewsHour, BuzzFeedNewsweekC-SPANMother JonesFox 5, WUSA9WAMU 88.5HuffPostGovernment Executive, and Inside Sources.

Hannah Bassett, Coalition and Research Manager

Hannah Bassett manages Open The Government’s coalition of diverse partner organizations, developing and implementing programs, tools, and events to advance issues of accountable government.

Hannah is an established organizer with experience in policy and communications. Prior to joining OTG, Hannah worked on the policy team at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and served as press secretary and outreach coordinator for a U.S. Representative. She also has covered global health issues through previous work for the Open Society Foundations and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, where she wrote about leading issues in immunization. Hannah holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.

Freddy Martinez, Senior Policy Analyst

Freddy Martinez is a Policy Analyst focusing on the Freedom of Information Act, law enforcement transparency, and legislative reforms. Prior to joining OTG, Freddy was the executive director of Lucy Parsons Labs, a police accountability non-profit. Martinez’s work has appeared in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Vice, The Intercept, Toronto Star, The New Republic, and Chicago Sun-Times. He was previously a Mozilla/Ford Foundation Open Web Fellow at the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Jarvis Williams, Policy Analyst

Jarvis Williams is a Policy Analyst leading Open The Government’s effort to redefine government accountability, working to unleash the power of a diverse coalition to close the accountability gap so that government accountability policies and practices better serve communities of color.

Jarvis is an established leader within communities advocating for critical government oversight. He has served in several consequential positions all designed to strategically advance racial equity. Prior to joining OTG, Jarvis worked as a Senior Pastor, public issue campaign strategist, adjunct professor, program evaluator, public speaker, and policy consultant. His doctoral research looks at state policy responses to wrongfully convicted exonerees after they have been released from incarceration. He has been invited to speak on strategies for advancing racial justice in academic institutions, religious institutions, fortune 500 corporations, and with policymakers at the state and local level. Jarvis holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies from Mississippi State University, a Master of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center, a Masters of Social Policy degree from Brandeis University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Social Policy at Brandeis University in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.