Rick Blum, Director
Rick has coordinated the Sunshine in Government Initiative, a coalition of media groups promoting transparency in government, since 2006. Over the years Rick has helped the coalition actively support efforts to strengthen the federal Freedom of Information Act, raise awareness of the value and impact of FOIA, and find commonsense solutions to FOIA’s limits. He has led efforts to push back against anti-disclosure proposals on issues ranging from “space situation awareness” (“tracking space junk” to us laypeople) to high-speed rail. He has testified before Congress several times on FOIA matters. He is a member of the Sunlight Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Transparency and serves on the Steering Committee of OpenTheGovernment.org. In March 2016, Rick was inducted into the Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame.
Prior to joining SGI, Rick served as the founding director of OpenTheGovernment.org from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that he worked at OMB Watch (since renamed the Center for Effective Government) and led efforts to maintain public access to information about possible risks from chemical plants to surrounding communities.
He holds a master’s degree from Indiana University, where his studies focused on democratization efforts in Russia, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife, two kids and one dog.
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