About Us

Demand Progress Education Fund is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity sponsored by the New Venture Fund. If you’d like to make a donation, please mail checks to New Venture Fund, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW Ste 300, Washington, DC 20036 — c/o Demand Progress Education Fund (if you have questions about donations, please email [email protected]).

– We educate our members and the general public about matters pertaining to the democratic nature of our nation’s communications infrastructure and governance structures, and the impacts of corporate power over our economy and democracy.

– We mobilize our members and the public to engage with executive branch agencies with jurisdiction over these matters, and to confront corporate bad actors.

– We engage in research, outreach to the media, educational programming, and occasional litigation related to these areas of concern.

Areas of Focus

Internet Freedom

We work to protect an internet that affords the public the ability to communicate freely online, without unjust interference from corporations or governments.

Human & Civil Rights

We strive to protect human and civil rights, online and off, in the United States and throughout the world.

Corporate Power

We work to eliminate the corrupting influence of big money in politics and reform the financial system in order to ensure our democracy is for everyone, not a tool for wealthy interests to rig the game.

Democracy & Open Government

An open and accountable government is essential for a well-functioning democracy — and smart use of technology is key to making our modern democracy work.

 

FOIA Team

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    Daniel Schuman
    Policy Director
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    Daniel leads Demand Progress Education Fund’s efforts on issues that concern government transparency, accountability, ethics, and reform; protecting civil liberties; and strengthening the legislative branch. He has testified before Congress, been interviewed by major publications, and is a nationally recognized expert on federal transparency, accountability, and congressional capacity. Daniel co-founded the Advisory Committee on Transparency; the Congressional Data Coalition; created the First Branch Forecast; built EveryCRSReport; and co-directs FutureCongress. He previously worked as policy director at CREW; policy counsel at the Sunlight Foundation; and as a legislative attorney with the Congressional Research Service. Daniel graduated cum laude from Emory University School of Law.

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    Ginger McCall
    Legal Director
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    Ginger McCall has worked on government transparency and privacy issues both inside and outside of government. She has served as Deputy Associate Chief Counsel for Information Law at the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Attorney Advisor on Information Law issues at the Department of Labor. Ms. McCall was also Oregon’s first Public Records Advocate. She previously served as the Deputy Director (and Director of the Open Government Project) at the Electronic Privacy Information Center and as Federal Policy Manager at the Sunlight Foundation. Ms. McCall has twice served on the Federal Freedom of Information Act Advisory Committee, has been published in the New York Times and the Oregonian, and has taught a course on the Law of Open Government at Georgetown Law Center. Ms. McCall graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and received her law degree from Cornell Law School.