Lisa Graves

Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy

Lisa Graves is the executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy and the publisher of PR,, and She previously served as a senior adviser in all three branches of the federal government, as a leading strategist on civil liberties advocacy and as an adjunct law professor at one of the top law schools in the country.

Graves has served as the deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Policy/Policy Development at the Department of Justice, where she handled an array of civil and criminal policy issues and led the working group on judicial nominations. She has also served as chief counsel for nominations for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, as the deputy director of the Center for National Security Studies and as the deputy chief of the Article III Judges Division of the U.S. Courts.

Graves has testified as an expert witness on national security/homeland security and transparency issues before both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. She has also appeared as an expert on ABC, Air America, the BBC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Democracy Now!, MSNBC, NBC, NPR and Pacifica Radio.

Her analysis has been quoted in the Associated Press, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, Congressional Quarterly, In These Times, Legal Times, the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, the Nation, the National Journal, the New York Times, Newsday, the Progressive, Reuters, Roll Call, USA Today, Vanity Fair, the Washington Post and Wired, among others, as well as online in the Huffington Post, Talking Points Memo and other blogs.

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