Laura MacCleery is the Legislative Director of National Nurses United and an experienced consumer advocate, campaign finance and good government expert. At the Brennan Center, she does research, advocacy and writing about the public’s right to know who is seeking to influence lawmakers and elections, and has 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 will be a Fellow at Eyebeam’s College of Tactical Culture.
Prior to coming to NAtional Nurses United, she was the Deputy Director of the Campaign Finance for Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law. Before that, 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 TechPresident.com. 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. MacCleery tweets from @lolamacc.
Hearing on Congressional Fair Elections Now Act in House Committee on Administration Today
Brennan Center for Justice Blog [July 30 2009]
The Importance of Diversity on the Bench: It’s Not What You Think You Know
Brennan Center for Justice Blog [June 23, 2009]
SUVs: The High Costs of Lax Fuel Economy Standards for American Families
Safeguards At Risk: John Graham and Corporate America’s Back Door to the Bush White House
Homeland Unsecured: The Bush Administration's Hostility to Regulation and Ties to Industry Leave America Vulnerable (editor, Primary author of "Hazardous Materials Unsecured")
Rolling Over on Safety: The Hidden Failures of Belts in Rollover Crashes