Laura MacCleery

Former Deputy Director, Democracy

Ms. MacCleery is the former Deputy Director of the Campaign Finance program and an experienced consumer advocate, campaign finance and good government expert.  At the Brennan Center, she did research, advocacy and writing about the public’s right to know who is seeking to influence lawmakers and elections, and taught a public policy advocacy seminar at New York University School of Law. Her most recent work has focused on ways to enhance public engagement in governance. In the summer of 2009, she was a Fellow at Eyebeam’s College of Tactical Culture. Prior to coming to the Brennan Center, she was the Director of Congress Watch at Public Citizen. While at Public Citizen, where she worked for more than eight years, she oversaw the federal regulatory agencies on transportation safety, vehicle fuel economy and related matters, and ran legislative and issue campaigns on campaign finance and lobbying reform, public funding of elections, regulatory accounting, and citizen access to the courts. She has appeared on NBC Nightly News, CSPAN-2, and other television broadcasts. Her opinion editorials have been published in periodicals such as Roll Call, The Boston Globe, and Politico; as well as in on-line venues such as The Hill’s Blog, Huffington Post, The Nation and She has been quoted by USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report and numerous other publications. She clerked for Justice Gregory Hobbs of the Supreme Court of Colorado. She received her law degree from Stanford Law School in 1999 and her B.A. in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia.