ASAP 2017 Board of Directors

President Amy Bennett

Amy Bennett is a management and program analyst with the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) within the National Archives and Records Administration. Prior to joining OGIS in late 2014, Ms. Bennett was the assistant director at OpenTheGovernment.org, where she works extensively on the organization's policy issues, including improving access to government information, reducing national security secrecy, preserving records, and increasing openness and accountability of the federal government. Ms. Bennett has been particularly involved in the coalition's work on FOIA reform. Ms. Bennett served as the secretary of the American Society of Access Professionals from 2013 to 2014.

Vice President Timothy Graham

Timothy Graham is the Director of the Veterans Health Administration Freedom of Information Act Office within the Department of Veterans Affairs where he has served in this position since 2008. In this role, he has direct oversight of VHA FOIA Staff and indirectly provides consultative support and training to 175 field FOIA Officers. Prior to this position, he was a Privacy Specialist in the VHA Privacy Office from 2007-2008. Prior to 2007, he was the Privacy and FOIA Officer at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Mr. Graham received his B.A. in English Education from Eastern Kentucky University in 2000, a J.D. from the University of Tulsa in 2004 and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Health Law from Widener University in 2006.

Secretary Kirsten Mitchell

Kirsten B. Mitchell is a facilitator and review team lead with the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Ombudsman's office located at the National Archives. Before joining OGIS in 2010, she worked at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Sunshine in Government Initiative, a coalition of media groups that worked to gain passage of the OPEN Government Act of 2007, which amended FOIA and created OGIS. A former journalist, most recently with the New York Times Co., Kirsten frequently used state and federal records, including databases, to shine a light on how government operates. She earned a certificate in federal workplace mediation in 2011 from Northern Virginia Mediation Service, an affiliate of the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and is a member of the American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). Ms. Mitchell earned her undergraduate degree in English at Mary Washington College and her graduate degree in journalism and public affairs at American University.

Treasurer Kellie Robinson

Kellie Robinson recently assumed responsibilities at the Department of State. Prior to this, she was one of the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA), Central Office (CO), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officers. She is the VHA FOIA Officer for Training and Education. She is responsible for providing training to VHA staff in VHA program offices at CO, VHA VISN’s, and VA Medical Centers; for processing VHA FOIA requests; and the implementation of the VHA FOIA Program. She administers the VHA FOIA Program by processing FOIA requests received in VHACO, and provides expert FOIA guidance to VHA leadership and the field FOIA Officers through various means including face-to-face and virtual FOIA training.

Immediate Past President Scott Hodes

Scott Hodes entered private practice in 2003. Prior to that, he spent over a decade working as an attorney for the federal government. Mr. Hodes worked for the Department of Labor, Department of Justice (Office of Information and Privacy) and the FBI. From 1998 to 2002 at the FBI, Mr. Hodes was the Acting Unit Chief of the Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Section's Litigation Unit and was a Top Secret Classification Authority. Mr. Hodes has been involved in thousands of FOIA and Privacy Act matters. Mr. Hodes is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He has also been admitted pro hac vice to practice before other federal district courts. Mr. Hodes is a member of the American Society of Access Professionals and a contributor to a number of publications on matters dealing with government information policies and practices. Mr. Hodes currently practices civil matters, focusing primarily on the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act. Mr. Hodes received his J.D. from Arizona State University in 1989 and his B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University in 1986. Mr. Hodes has served on the ASAP Board of Directors since 2011 and served as president from 2013 to 2014.

Director Jonathan Cantor

Jonathan Cantor joined the Department of Homeland Security as Deputy Chief Privacy Officer on July 1, 2012. He then served as the Acting Chief Privacy Officer from August 2012 until October 2013. Mr. Cantor advises the Chief Privacy Officer and other senior DHS leaders on domestic and international privacy laws, policies, and programs. He is a Senior Executive Service official with 15 years of experience in privacy, transparency, and access to information.

Director Nathan Bennett Jones

Nate Jones is the Director of the FOIA project for the National Security Archive. He oversees the thousands of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) requests and hundreds of FOIA and MDR appeals that the Archive submits each year. An active member of the American Society of Access Professionals, he acts as liaison between Archive analysts and agency FOIA offices, and serves as the Archive's FOIA counselor to the public. He also edits the Archive's blog Unredacted and manages the Archive Twitter feed and Facebook page, and his article for Foreign Policy.com on the internal CIA history that was the basis for the movie Argo became one of FP's Top Ten Most-Read stories in 2012. Together with Archive director Tom Blanton, he designed the most recent Archive FOIA audits, and authored the final reports of the Archive's 2010 FOIA Audit, Sunshine and Shadows: The Clear Obama Message for Freedom of Information Meets Mixes Results, the 2011 Audit, Glass Half Full: But Many Federal Agencies Lag in Fulfilling Obama's Openness Pledge, and the 2012 FOIA Audit, Outdated Agency Regs Undermine Freedom of Information. He earned his MA in Cold War History from The George Washington University, where he used FOIA to write his thesis on the 1983 "Able Archer" nuclear war scare, which he continues to unearth and post documents about for the Archive. Mr. Jones has served on the ASAP Board of Directors since 2014.

Director Ginger McCall

Ginger McCall is Associate Director of EPIC and Director of EPIC's Open Government Program and IPIOP Program. Ms. McCall also teaches a course on the Law of Open Government at Georgetown University Law Center and has been appointed to the FOIA Modernization Federal Advisory Committee. She works on a variety of issues at EPIC, including consumer protection, open government requests, amicus curiae briefs, and national security matters. Ms. McCall oversees EPIC's Freedom of Information Act lawsuits and was a co-editor of Litigation Under the Federal Government Laws 2010. Ms. McCall has been published in the New York Times and has co-authored several amicus curiae briefs on privacy issues to the Supreme Court of the United States. She has been invited to speak on privacy and open government issues in a variety of academic and conference venues, including the EU's MAPPING Project, the 2009 Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference, the Internet Governance Forum USA 2009 Conference, Duke Law School's Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security, and the New England Consortium of State Labor Relations Agencies 11th Annual Conference. Ms. McCall has also provided expert commentary for local, national, and international media, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, NPR, MSNBC, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and Al Jazeera.

Director Amy McNulty

I am the Senior Government Information Specialist at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Prior to joining HRSA's FOIA team, I served as the Senior Privacy and Freedom of Information Acts Specialist at the Program Support Center (PSC), HHS. At PSC, I provided expert guidance regarding privacy and FOIA issues. I also served as the Privacy Coordinator in the FDA's Division of Freedom of Information (DFOI) where I responded to Privacy Act requests and assisted with the completion of Privacy Impact Assessments. Prior to working with HHS, I was the Lead Information Disclosure Specialist at the Office of Financial Stability, Department of the Treasury. There, I helped establish the FOIA Office and was responsible for the senior level review of responses to FOIA requests in relation to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). I began my Federal career at the Office of Information Policy (OIP), Department of Justice. I served as a Senior FOIA Specialist and Team Lead for OIP's Declassification Review Team, where I was responsible for reviewing for possible declassification classified historical material maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration. I am a graduate of the University of Scranton and am an accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/Government and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPP/G, CIPM), under the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Director Michael Morisy

I am the co-founder and co-owner of MuckRock, a independent FOIA and public records tool that has helped thousands of individuals and dozens of news organizations file Freedom of Information Act requests and helped millions learn more about the process and more deeply engage with this important right to an informed democracy.

I have spoken at two ASAP events, and regularly engage with both the requester and processor communities.

I have done public records training with dozens of newsrooms, have been a contributor to two Pulitzer Prize winning series, and have helped engage a new generation in the public records process through both my work at MuckRock and outreach to journalists, activists, and the general public.

I was previously an editor at the Boston Globe, where I launched the paper's BetaBoston technology vertical; a John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford, where I investigated participatory information analysis; and a board member of the Homeless Empowerment Project, a non-profit dedicated to helping combat homelessness in Cambridge, MA.

Director James Holzer

Dr. James Holzer is the Deputy Chief FOIA Officer at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this role, Dr. Holzer serves as the senior advisor on FOIA and the Privacy Act to the Department’s executive-level leaders throughout DHS. Prior to joining DHS in May 2016, Dr. Holzer served as the second Director of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ombudsman’s office. Before joining OGIS, Dr. Holzer spent six years in the DHS FOIA Office serving in the role of Senior Director of FOIA Operations. Dr. Holzer served in the U.S. Air Force for 13 years; while on active duty where he worked extensively in matters involving administrative policies. He deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and to Afghanistan in 2007. Dr. Holzer received his Doctorate of Management from University of Maryland, University College. He also earned Master of Human Relations degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.S. in Business from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.